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Mike Terry, Deseret News
Ms. Hernandez holds her son in Utah on Tuesday, July, 13, 2010. Although her son is an American citizen, Hernandez who recently graduated from an area high school does not have American citizenship.

For many, 2010 was a year of tragedy and loss. But as the photos collected here show, the spirit of Utah is one of resilience and strength. Over the past year, Deseret News photographers captured Utahns in some of their most difficult and triumphant moments — from the day in January when local nurse Elizabeth Howell carried a 4-year-old boy to a hospital for surgery in Haiti after the devastating earthquakes there, to the day the boys of Alta High celebrated their 5A basketball state title. What all of these pictures have in common, whether documenting disappointment or joy, is the beauty of the human spirit.