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Foundation Donor recognized at JCHS graduation.

George Ousley receives diploma from Principal Bob James

George Ousley, Foundation donor, and newly named JCHS alumni received his high school diploma on Sunday, May 12, 2019, during the Jefferson City High School graduation ceremony. Ousley, a former jaybird that would have been part of the class of 1966, was born and raised in Jefferson City and made the decision to enlist in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War at the age of 17. While serving, he earned his GED but never received his high school diploma until Sunday.

After serving in the Navy for three years, George was honorably discharged and went further to complete his post-secondary education endeavors at Columbia College (CC). George graduated from CC with a Bachelor's degree and a major in Business; then, went on to start three businesses of his own that he later sold. George also developed a major commercial plaza in the Columbia area. Although being very successful after his high school career, his accomplishments never felt complete. 

Earlier this year while vacationing with his wife and family in Nevada, a woman named Charm introduced herself while they waited in line for a movie. After noticing George's hat, which read "US NAVY Vietnam Veteran" Charm asked George if he had graduated high school. After hearing he had not, Charm informed him of the program Operation Recognition. This program recognizes veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in the military by providing them an honorary high school diploma through an application process.

Check out George's full story HERE

The Foundation, along with Jefferson City Public School staff, was honored to present George not only with his honorary diploma from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, but also a JCHS diploma welcoming him into the class of 1966 & 2019. George was surrounded by both family and friends as he received his honors and shared these remarks with his fellow Jaybirds "I've accomplished a lot but I've never had a high school diploma until today."