About Alane Nutz
Joplin Woman Overcomes Adversity
Alane Nutz of Joplin is
an extraordinary, accomplished woman who has overcome an amazing number of obstacles to be where she is today, Having married
and had her first child as a teenager, she eventually became a single mother and worked as a waitress to support her four
children, Landon, Tristan, Heather and Lauren.
But her life took a turn one day when she gave
her sister-in-law a ride to take the ACT test at Missouri Southern State University. On a whim. decided to take the test
herself. She earned a high score and received a scholarship to attend MSSU. Nutz was motivated to become a pre-medical major
by the desire to have a better understanding of her daughter Heather, who has Down Syndrome. She managed to earn her bachelor's
degree in five years, despite having faced health and family problems during that time.
in 1998 with a 3.89 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and was named most outstanding biology graduate by the faculty. She
had intended to apply to medical school, but that changed when her daughter with Down Syndrome faced problems at school.
With the system working against her, Nutz says that she was unable to help her daughter.
Instead of giving
up, however, she fought back and decided to attend law school. She was accepted at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville,
where her studies focused on special education and bankruptcy law. Nutz received her law degree last year and recently learned
that she has earned the distinction of passing the bar exam.
Her many years of dedication and hard work
will have paid off . She plans to practice family and bankruptcy law and dreams of opening her own practice some day. Nutz
credits her advisor and professors for giving her much needed encouragement as she attended school.
She says, however,
that without her mother and children, making it to this point "wouldn't be possible." They made sacrifices and
gave her a tremendous amount of help at home in order for her to accomplish her goals. Missouri Southern News Bureau www.mssu.edu/pages/news/nutz.htm