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25 From 25: Alyssa Bacha

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Alyssa Bacha, Sales Director, LoanCraft, Winning Futures Class of 1998 When Alyssa was a student at Cousino High School, she struggled to envision what she wanted for her future. With help from her Winning Futures facilitator, Laurie Tarter, she assessed her skills and interests and created a resume and five-year … Read More »

25 From 25: Tom Zara

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Tom Zara, Tutor and Business Owner, Zara Tutoring, Winning Futures Class of 2001 While a student at Warren Mott High School, Tom had a series of surgeries that limited his mobility and affected his motivation. With help from his Winning Futures mentor, Tom learned about goal setting, overcoming adversity, and … Read More »

25 From 25: Hollie Gilmore

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Hollie Gilmore, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Winning Futures Class of 2000 As a teen at Warren Mott High School, Hollie struggled with depression and low self-esteem. She knew college would be great for her but didn’t have the money. Classroom facilitator and Warren Consolidated Schools teacher, … Read More »

25 From 25: Matthew Alexander

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Matthew Alexander, Student, Wayne State University Winning Futures Class of 2017 Matthew was a smart kid who didn’t prioritize school when he was a student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. His mentor Jack Dolan, executive vice president of the Americas at A2Mac1 – Automotive Benchmarking, inspired Matthew to … Read More »

25 From 25: Joe Owens

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Joe Owens, Senior Representative – Vending Service Center, MSC Industrial Supply, Winning Futures Class of 2003 At a young age, Joe Owens was forced to take on more adult responsibilities than he could reasonably handle. His parents’ relationship was falling apart, leaving him to take care of his autistic younger … Read More »

25 From 25: Dipita Das

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Dipita Das, Student, University of Michigan Winning Futures Class of 2017 Dipita’s family immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. As the only fluent English-speaking person at home, Dipita’s responsibilities included helping her siblings with homework, translating for her parents, and making sure bills got paid. She struggled to balance the … Read More »

25 From 25: Angelica Tibbitts

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Angelica Tibbitts, Undergraduate Student, Saginaw Valley State University, Winning Futures Class of 2018, Pontiac Academy for Excellence Angelica struggled with multiple issues while a student at Pontiac Academy for Excellence (Pontiac) including homelessness, poverty, depression, and lack of support for her education. Her mentor, Tamara Taylor, prototype build engineer at … Read More »

25 From 25: Nick Maluchnik

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Nick Maluchnik, Employee Benefits Advisor, Brown & Brown of Detroit, Inc., Winning Futures Class of 2013, Warren Mott High School Nick was a B student at Warren Mott High School and excelled in sports, but he lacked a realistic vision and direction for his future. His mentor, Steve Hettrick, benefits … Read More »

25 From 25: Katie Pusz

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Katie Pusz, Marketing Communications Specialist, ImageSoft, Inc., Winning Futures Class of 2013 As a student at Warren Mott High School (Warren), Katie struggled to overcome anorexia while trying to figure out what she would do after high school. Her mentor, Ashley Fordyce, school and community relations coordinator at Extra Credit Union, … Read More »

25 From 25: James Payne

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James Payne, Student, State University of New York Adirondack Winning Futures Class of 2017. Throughout his days at Madison High School in Madison Heights, James wasn’t focused or concerned about his future, coasting through classes with a C average. His mentor, Bob Foyt, retired senior director of maintenance and engineering … Read More »