Lebanon's Josie Nem graduated college in December. Magna Cum Laude.
It was several years between high school to the point she is now, she said. "I was working fulltime and there was family illness," she explained. "But I finally got it."
Nem is a graduate of Lebanon High School. Hers was the last senior class to attend school at what is now called "the old building" - before a new high school was constructed in ..
From there she obtained an Associates of Science degree from Vol State Community College in Gallatin.
She's currently a Customer Service Rep at Castle Heights Farm Bureau, where she works with Wes Dugan.
"I love being able to help people. There are times I have people come into the office with tears in their eyes because they feel like they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. I enjoy being the person that gets them out of that feeling and making them smile, walking out and knowing everything is going to be fine," Nem said.
Nem has a secondary career as a Realtor with Capital Real Estate Services.
In her spare time, the self-proclaimed "Netflix junkie" likes to binge watching her favorite TV series.
She's married to her best friend, James.
"He's everything I could ask for," she said.
Nem has one "wonderfully smart step-son," Daniel, and two furbabies - dogs Waylon and Lucy.
The woman she most admires is Inez Williams, who worked at Farm Bureau until the day she died.
"I didn't know her for very long but she taught me so much in such a little amount of time we spent together. When she got sick, she didn't let it stop her. She loved to work and always had a smile on her face after she helped a customer," she said.
"When I visited her in the hospital I asked her what she wanted me to tell all the customers that asked where she was. She would always tell me, 'Tell them I'm getting better and will see them soon.' She never gave up fighting. She also taught me how to make chili. My husband is grateful to her as well for that."