VanderWall presents tributes to Michigan Works! Impact Award winners

Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, (second from left) presented a Senate tribute Wednesday to Tina Holey (holding tribute), a winner of a Michigan Works! Impact Award for her perseverance and success in the face of challenges. (Courtesy Photo)

LANSING — Sen. Curt VanderWall recently presented Senate tributes to two winners of Michigan Works! Impact Awards for their perseverance and success in the face of challenges.

VanderWall was part of Michigan Works! presentation ceremony on Feb. 27 in Lansing.

“It was a privilege to honor these two young women for their commitment to excellence and the courage to pursue their dreams despite the obstacles,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “They are an inspiration to all of us.”

Tina Holey was born with a rare genetic disorder that affected the development of her facial structure and made it difficult to eat, drink and breathe. In her early 20s, after nearly 200 surgeries, Holey came to the Michigan Works! Service Center in Ludington to pursue her goal of becoming a commercial truck driver.

Today, Holey works as a full-time truck driver and hopes someday to own her own business.

When Katelyn Stuckey was young, she dreamt of becoming a nurse, but her hopes were derailed when her best friend committed suicide months before high school graduation. Devasted, Stuckey quit school.

Three years later, Stuckey enrolled in the certified nursing assistant (CNA) program in the free, 18-week Adult Career Training program, a partnership among Northwest Michigan Works!, local employers and others.

After completing the program, Stuckey was employed as a CNA. Today, she is working on her high school diploma and has renewed her dreams of becoming a nurse.

“Tina and Katelyn have shown grit in their relentless pursuit of their goals,” VanderWall said. “I have no doubt they will succeed at whatever they put their mind to.”

 

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