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Displaying their honors are (from left to right): Jazmine Flowers of River Rouge, Dr. Donna Schmidt of Allen Park and Sha’Dria Wilson of Woodhaven.

On March 20, 2018, as part of National Women’s History Month, Baker College of Allen Park and the Unity Council hosted its “Nevertheless, She Persisted” ceremony, honoring three individuals at both the student and faculty levels for their outstanding achievements and contributions. The women were recognized at a special event on the Allen Park campus, where they received commemorative plaques and awards for their successes. The honorees include:

Jazmine Flowers – a second year nursing student and resident of River Rouge, Mich. – received acknowledgment in celebration of her exemplary academics, leadership skills, fortitude and status as a role model to others, both inside and outside the classroom. Flowers, a single mother and all-As student, is pursuing her nursing degree while raising three children, including one with special needs.

Sha’Dria Wilson – a first year surgical technology student and resident of Woodhaven, Mich. – was nominated and selected for recognition for her exceptional work ethic, proactivity, quality of character, professionalism in the classroom and selfless support of other students.

Dr. Donna Schmidt – a member of Baker College Allen Park Board of Regents and resident of Allen Park, Mich. – was honored for a lifetime of service to others. Schmidt is a retired superintendent of schools from the Monroe Jefferson District, and worked for 36 years as a teacher and administrator in both general and special education at the K-12 and university levels. In retirement, Schmidt has pursued extensive international volunteer work, as well as serving in a variety of community service roles closer to home.

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