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Most Valuable Teammate

Every team has a Most Valuable Teammate!

The Minnesota State High School League and corporate sponsor Wells Fargo are excited to sponsor a weekly award program—The Most Valuable Teammate (MVT) Award—for students who are great teammates. These students will be recognized weekly on the League’s social media platforms throughout the year beginning in September.

We’re calling on activity directors, sport coaches and directors of speech, debate, music, and drama to nominate students who exemplify the qualities of a great teammate.

Characteristics of a Valuable Teammate:

  • Positive influence on their team—putting the team before self
  • Exemplifies leadership and sportsmanship
  • Respectful, reliable and supportive of others

Student nominations will be accepted throughout the year during every season of play. This award is for athletes and fine arts participants. Students who participate in League-sponsored adapted athletics are also eligible for this award.

Student nominations must be emailed on Monday (prior to the announcement of the winner Thursday) to John Millea at jmillea@mshsl.org and should include the student’s name, grade, school and the activity in which the student participates. You must also submit a school or graduation photo of the student along with a brief explanation (three or four sentences) why the student deserves the MVT Award.

Every Thursday the League will announce the MVT via social media—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These students will receive an MVT certificate and they will also be recognized in a special scoreboard feature during the fall, winter and spring state tournaments.

The Minnesota State High School League and Wells Fargo are excited to present this award to students who are the backbones of our activity programs. We appreciate your support and look forward to receiving your MVT nominee soon. MVT Nomination Form

Questions about this program can be directed to Lisa Lissimore at llissimore@mshsl.org or 763-560-2262.

Most Valuable Teammate Week 10

Molly Minnema

FAIR School – Junior, Volleyball, Girls

Molly, a team captain, leads by example in influencing her teammates to be exceptional. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her teammates and truly cares about each of them. She encourages them to excel on and off the court and her positive attitude is contagious and brings joy to the team. She is always willing to hold her team accountable to the standards of the program.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 9

Aidan does a great job inspiring the team by example and through his words. He reminds each team member that their event matters on meet days and everyone contributes to the team. Aidan has a clear desire to leave the team in better shape than when he joined by fostering a cohesive team environment and inspiring others to have the outstanding work ethic he does.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 8

Gabby Cairns

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley H.S. – Senior, Soccer, Girls

Gabby has been our captain for three seasons and our leader on and off the field. She is incredibly positive in what she says, what she does, and even with her body language. She works with younger players to improve their skills and work ethic both on the field and in the classroom. She is respectful of her teammates, opposing players, coaches and referees. She embodies the very definition of an MVT.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 7

Nay San Soe

Hmong College Prep Academy – Senior, Soccer, Boys

Nay San Soe is a perfect example of a great teammate, as he spends all his time ad energy making sure that the players on his team stay upbeat. He keeps things light with constant humor and energy. Becoming goalie when no one else wanted to, Nay San stepped up as both a leader and teammate by showing that he was willing to do whatever it took to win. He shows us what a real teammate looks like.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 6

Tre Holloman

Cretin-Derham Hall High School – Senior, Football

Tre is the epitome of a team player. Some suggested he forgo his senior football season to prepare for a basketball career at Michigan State, but Tre chose to play football. Tre is a great varsity teammate and he also can be found at ninth grade and JV football games after his varsity practices as well as showing school spirit and supporting the girls volleyball or soccer teams. He is the perfect MVT.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 5

Mason Branstrator

Duluth East High School – , Soccer, Boys

Mason is a two-year team captain who continues to lead on and off the field. He can be seen volunteering at school events and has made East High School a better place with his infectious energy and school spirit. Mason has taken challenges head-on with courage and has inspired us all to be better Greyhounds.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 4

Aili Toyli

– Junior,

Before the season began, Aili put together a group chat for all players and coaches, on which she communicates regularly with the team. She works together with others to plan team bonding events and practices. Before school one day, with no prompting, she cleared the courts of rain puddles so the team could practice. She is always eager to learn, improve and encourage. Her hardworking example and humble demeanor make her a fantastic role model.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 4

Before the season began, Aili put together a group chat for all players and coaches, on which she communicates regularly with the team. She works together with others to plan team bonding events and practices. Before school one day, with no prompting, she cleared the courts of rain puddles so the team could practice. She is always eager to learn, improve and encourage. Her hardworking example and humble demeanor make her a fantastic role model.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 3

Jacob Peterson

Mound Westonka High School – Senior, Football

Though Jacob, a team captain, might not be making the flashy plays on a weekly basis, he is a star leader and role model every day at practice. Jacob, who worked tremendously hard in the offseason, not only understands his role but plays a tremendously important role. Jacob is always positive and constantly picking up his teammates around him. His upbeat personality is contagious, and as a result he makes us better as a team every day.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 2

Terrik Miller

Wabasha-Kellogg High School – Senior, Football

Terrik has never played on a winning team at any level but has always been a team player. He never complains or gets upset at anything other than lack of effort. Terrik is a great teammate and infects others with his uncommon work ethic. He is a farmer and the fourth in his family to play football at W-K. He is the ultimate teammate.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 1

Hannah exemplifies everything a good teammate should be. She comes early to practice and stays late to put equipment away. She is coachable and always strives to make herself and her teammates better. She is a leader as one of our captains, an excellent communicator and an exemplary liaison between the players and coaches. Everyone trusts and enjoys Hannah. She is the light of our team.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 26

Maddy Urban

Stewartville High School – Junior, Golf, Girls

Maddy suffered a broken ankle right before our first practice and has been in a cast or boot all season. Maddy has become another coach during this absence by attending each practice and meet. At our meets she drives around in a cart and makes sure all the girls have food and just makes sure they are having fun. Without Maddy our program would suffer.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 25

Laura Ylitalo

Buffalo High School – Senior, Golf, Girls

Laura was a brand new golfer four years ago when she started, and she has become an essential leader on the team. Coming from a big family, Laura knows how to include everyone and can always anticipate what others are thinking and how they are feeling. She is willing to ask questions of her coaches and her teammates in order to better everyone’s knowledge, skills and self-efficacy.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 24

Amyah Arnold Jones

East Ridge High School – Senior, Basketball, Girls

Amyah is an exceptional leader and role model. She is always willing to go above and beyond for her teammates and coaches. Her ability to be resilient, respectful and responsible are all qualities that we strive to meet every day within our program. Amyah is a great teammate and has the ability to excel in whatever she puts her mind to.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 23

Lauren Hicks

Ortonville High School – Senior, Basketball, Girls

Lauren demonstrates leadership, a positive attitude and kindness in everything she does on and off the court. When a teammate was diagnosed with cancer, she was the first to live out her leadership by organizing a cancer night with a neighboring team that also has been impacted by cancer. Her compassion for her teammates, our community and humankind makes her an undeniable MVT.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 22

Austyn Kramer

Nicollet High School – Sophomore, Basketball, Boys

Austyn is one of the best teammates we have ever had. Every day after football practice, he picked up equipment without prompting. He also cleans up the bus after games without being asked. Austyn is a true teammate who sees the needs and does the job without being asked and always seeks team success over personal accomplishment.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 21

Shane Crofton

Triton High School – Senior, Basketball, Boys

Shane is deserving of this award because he shows up every day and does what he has to do to make us better. He is a selfless teammate who wants us to succeed as a team. Shane doesn’t get the playing time he wants but he doesn’t complain, he just keeps showing up and doing his best.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 20

Sadie Lindsay

Breck School – Senior, Hockey, Girls

Sadie is a genuine leader with outstanding integrity and high personal standards. She has a strong work ethic and looks for ways to help those around her improve. Sadie is deeply committed to the core values of Breck girls hockey: Integrity, Perseverance, Unity and Humility. She also volunteers with the annual Fall Raking for the elderly event and the annual Special Olympics Minnesota Poly Hockey Tournament.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 19

Wyatt Boynton

Kasson-Mantorville High School – Junior, Wrestling

Wyatt has been a big part of the Kasson-Mantorville wrestling program as our student manager for three years. He brings his smile and energy into the wrestling room every day. Wyatt comes to every practice and meet and is always looking for ways to contribute to the team. With his commitment and dedication to his team, Wyatt is our Most Valuable Teammate.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 18

Julia Backlund

Jordan High School – Senior, Soccer, Girls

Julia had her senior season come to an abrupt end just as it was getting started. After suffering a torn ACL in the first half of the first home soccer game, she has taken on a new role as a writer for JordanActivities.org. She provides a much-needed student voice, recognizing athletes, coaches and fine artists with her weekly "Love Maroon Live Gold" column on JordanActivities.org.

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