June 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

10 who made a difference: Our Michiganians of the Year

Once again, for the 36th year, The Detroit News salutes citizens of our state who exemplify excellence, determination, innovation and inspiration.

They are 10 people we hail as Michiganians of the Year ó individuals whose contributions to the state and public welfare go far beyond the ordinary. From good Samaritans to medical researchers to government workers and business leaders, these outstanding individuals work tirelessly to help make life better for others:

John and Marlene Boll, two of Metro Detroitís most generous philanthropists.

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a champion of tax code reform.

Mark Dantonio, the coach who guided Michigan State to is first Rose Bowl in 26 years.

Sonia Hassan, leader of ground-breaking studies into the causes and prevention of preterm birth.

Angelo Henderson, co-founder of the Detroit 300 community action group, minister, reporter and radio talk show host.

Deborah Hughes, the retired nurse who braved an angry mob that beat a man whose truck hit a boy.

George Jackson Jr., who played a critical role in the city of Detroitís redevelopment projects for more than a decade.

Bill Pulte IV, who created the nonprofit Blight Authority to clear neighborhoods of dangerous structures.

Andra Rush, owner of three manufacturing companies, who makes a concerted effort to hire Detroiters and veterans.

With gratitude and admiration, we add them to the ranks of the Michiganians of the Year.

In honor of Henderson, who passed away earlier this year, we will annually give the Angelo Henderson Community Commitment Award. It will go to someone who reflects his example of shared responsibility, who is willing to stand up to community challenges and lead the way to solutions.

This section includes profiles of the honorees, video of them talking about what inspires them, and a list of previous Michiganians of the year since 1978.

Please join us in congratulating this yearís outstanding citizens.