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Connect, January 2023

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 9:00 AM

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January 2023 | Issue 32

A compilation of news from The Minnesota State High School League this month. 


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Officials Spotlight: Q&A with Dana Pappas of the NFHS

In a wide-ranging interview, Pappas was candid in the challenges, but also optimistic about what can be done to promote officiating.

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Dana Pappas, NFHS Director of Officiating

Dana Pappas, Director of Officiating Services for the National Federation of State High School Associations

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Pam Cady Wycoff

Pam Cady Wycoff, a former educator, Fine Arts Coach and Advisor at Apple Valley High School an accomplished 

Speech and Debate coach has left an imprint on Speech and Debate programs across the state and nation. 

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Pam Cady Wycoff

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Minnesota Students Come Together to Make a Difference

Student leaders from throughout the Minnesota State High School League’s member schools convened in a statewide conference on Friday, Jan., 13 to lend strong voices to the continuing efforts to ensure a safe environment for all students in which to learn and participate in all activities.

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For BOLD's Kiecker family, wrestling is a family affair. 

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Compliments of West Central Tribune


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Morgan Turner, a graduate of Wayzata High School, is currently playing soccer with Sport Clube União (S.C.U.) Torreense in Portugal.

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Compliments of Press & News


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Mike Pope, a retired Navy veteran and “Ely’s best volunteer,” is also a two-sport official and a volunteer Santa.

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Compliments of Duluth News Tribune

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Jason Nickleby, Coordinator of Officials

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Staff Reflection: Jason Nickleby

Director of Officiating Services Jacon Nickleby shares a reflection on Brett Carlson, the former Community Education Director at North Branch Area Schools who recently died of cancer.  Carlson's enthusiasm and positivity were unmatched.

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