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Meet Alana Paluszewski, a Wyandotte Woman of the Year

Women of Wyandotte is honoring 10 women during a Feb. 18 gala at the Wyandotte Arts Center.

Ten Wyandotte women are being honored as a Woman of the Year by , a nonprofit group that aims to empower women to excel.

The honorees will be recognized during at the .

Each day leading up to the event, Wyandotte Patch will introduce you to one of the honorees. Event organizers opted to share only a small portion of each woman's story, saying they wanted to reveal the rest at their gala.

Today, we introduce you to Alana Paluszewski:

Alana is a lifelong Wyandotte resident who has been volunteering for decades. As a senior at , she produced fairy tale plays for the district's summer Head Start programs. When her two children were in grade school, she served as PTO president at the former Taft Elementary School.

She later became involved at the high school, where she helped with the fundraising efforts of many clubs. Horticulture students relied on her advanced certification status as a master gardener. As a co-sponsor of the Geoaddicts Travel Club, she chaperoned students on eight separate trips to various European countries, Australia and New Zealand.

Serving as the unofficial historian for , she founded the Historical Archive Project that is housed at the high school. By collecting and organizing media, and purchasing books and related items, she has enabled students to research local history and learn more about their community. The book, The Pride of Wyandotte: The History of Roosevelt High School, is the result of Alana's efforts. It has sold more than 1,000 copies, with all profits going to the high school. In 2009, she was inducted into the Wyandotte Public Schools Distinguished Graduate Hall of Fame.

Alana's writing skills also have earned her national recognition. Her extensive research on local celebrity Ann Marston resulted in the publishing of Shooting Star: The Amazing Life of Ann Marston. The book was selected as a Top Ten Biography by ForeWord, an independent review journal. The Independent Publishers of America awarded Shooting Star a bronze medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction Book. Alana also has been published in a variety of publications, including Michigan History.

Meet the Other Honorees:

georgine martin February 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Okay Alana - you sure have accomplished a life-time of endeavors. Hopefully you'll be rewarded for them, and you are, just by the nomination. However, if Woman of the Year is not your title, don't give it a second thought. Just read your article and realize it makes your famly and friends proud. I don't think I ever knew a nominee for Woman of the Year.... Good Luck and remember "you are woman, hear you roar." Georgine Martin
rdarin1 February 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Congratulations to you!!! So much deserved! John and I are so proud to have you for a friend!
Sarah Pettigrew February 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Congratulations! I never made the connection that you are the magic behind "Shooting Star"! I have it on my bookshelf!!!!! Can't wait to get to know you more!
Sheryl Brna February 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM
AWECOME ALANA! It's wonderful to see you recognized for all you have contributed to Wyandotte and Wyandotte Public Schools! Special thanks from all the Geoaddicts you have helped enjoy travelling (especially ME!) Sheryl Brna

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