Reba Williams fulfilled all the requirements except one to enable her to graduate from high school. She should have graduated decades ago from Mount Vernon High School in central Ohio, but she was denied her diploma because she refused to read a final book assigned by a teacher.
The reason for not reading the book: She'd read the book once and didn't want to read it again. We are not told which book that was.
The Mansfield News Journal reports that the Mount Vernon Board of Education approved issuing Williams' diploma earlier this month.
This situation came to light when a retired English teacher at Mount Vernon High School approached the board about giving Williams the diploma after reading about her earlier this year.
Williams went on to get a job without a high school diploma. She was a longtime cook at Malabar Farm State Park. It is now the state's only working farm and park.
Williams still has a sharp mind and lives with her daughter in Columbus, Ohio.