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.
Mark Dantonio is not na´ve. He understands his job is about winning. The Michigan State football coach has done plenty of that in his seven seasons leading the Spartans, capping off one of the most successful stretches in program history last season with 13 victories, a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl win in the team's first trip to Pasadena in 26 years.
Whether it's the basketball court or the boardroom, Andra Rush is used to competing with the boys. As a child, Rush would sneak onto the rosters of all-male basketball, hockey, football and baseball teams by signing up as 'Andy' or 'A.R.' Years later, she'd fight to convince male counterparts to do business with her fledgling trucking company, which she founded in 1984 after a brief stint as a nurse.
A short walk or drive throughout Detroit provides evidence of George Jackson Jr.'s life work. There's General Motors Co.'s world headquarters, the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Campus Martius, as well as projects such as the M-1 rail line and a new Red Wings arena coming near Midtown. Jackson has overseen it all.
Dr. Sonia Hassan: Physician's groundbreaking discoveries give preterm babies a better chance at life
The walls of the high-risk pregnancy clinic at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital are lined with photos of healthy babies who might not have been so lucky without cutting-edge medical interventions discovered by Dr. Sonia Hassan and members of her research team.
As Congress struggles with the basic work of passing budgets, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp dared to take on serious, large-scale reform.
Deborah Hughes: The retired nurse likely helped to save life of beaten Clinton Township tree-trimmer
Deborah Hughes was a voice of reason in a bloodthirsty crowd, turning shouts of revenge into applause, and perhaps saving a man's life.
Bill Pulte IV: Building magnate's grandson uses family formula to clear blight in Metro Detroit neighborhoods
Ray Crighton, a lifetime resident of Brightmoor, stands atop a hill on Lyndon Street gazing at a scene he'd never thought he'd see: a rolling, several acre field of green. Gone are the mountains of tires. The two drug houses were razed, no more stench from rotting mounds of trash, no more sound of gunshots.
She was a Rockette who'd appeared on the 'Ed Sullivan Show.' He was the son of conservative Dutch immigrants, members of the Dutch Reformed Church, who strongly disapproved of dancing.
Angelo B. Henderson began his career as a newspaper reporter and ended it as a radio talk show host, minister and community activist. Along the way, he made Detroit a better place to live and empowered its residents.
The Detroit News has created the Angelo B. Henderson Community Commitment Award. In 2015, it will honor journalist and community activist Angelo Henderson, who died this winter.
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