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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 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 or 763-560-2262.

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 She provides a much-needed student voice, recognizing athletes, coaches and fine artists with her weekly "Love Maroon Live Gold" column on

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 17

Hailey Selly

Frazee High School – Freshman, Dance, High Kick

Hailey is a perfect example of what hard work and determination look like. She balances being a member of the varsity jazz, varsity high kick and basketball teams, attending two practices a day along with maintaining a 3.95 grade-point average. She comes to practice with the best attitude and makes everyone feel included. Hailey is an amazing teammate who excels in everything she does!

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 16

Hannah Nord

Red Lake Falls High School – Senior, Music

Hannah shows great leadership qualities in band as well as in her everyday life. Her positive attitude and sunny personality are infectious to those around her, which makes her a great role model for her peers as well as all of the youth in our community. She commits 150% to all of her activities whether it's dance, band, youth group or any other activity she partakes in. She is a great asset to our school and to our community making her a great candidate for the Most Valuable Teammate Award.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 15

Makana Schroeder

Byron High School – Sophomore, Basketball, Girls

In spite of being sidelined due to an offseason injury, Makana has made the most of her 2020-21 varsity basketball season by supporting and helping her teammates and coaches. Whether she is assisting coaches with drills or offering encouragement and support from the bench, Makana continues to maintain a positive attitude and remains an active member of her team.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 14

Willie has been a proven team leader. He shows up early and stays late at practice and displays leadership during games. He helps mentor the younger guys and is a true student-athlete as a straight A student. He is a great representation of what being a proud Northsider means.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 13

Trent Bowe

Mound Westonka High School – Senior, Hockey, Boys

Trent is a natural leader! He leads by example and improves upon himself and his craft every day. His enthusiasm and love for others is contagious to everyone around him, making all who know him better for it. His competitive nature and work ethic as a three-sport varsity athlete and captain is also what makes him a role model to his teammates and youngsters in our community!

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 12

Braiziah Dixon

Woodbury High School – Junior, Volleyball, Girls

Braiziah was a returning varsity player and made large strides between her sophomore and junior seasons. She showed leadership on and off the court, being a vocal leader in huddles and many times selflessly working with teammates to help them and the team get better. This earned her the respect of her teammates and makes her deserving of this award.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 11

Jack Wilmes

New Prague High School – Senior, Hockey, Boys

Jack models what is means to be a leader on and off the ice. As the captain of the New Prague High School hockey team, Jack is someone that his teammates and coaches rely on regularly, and he never disappoints. He is an inspiration to all of New Prague. Jack is a positive role model who will do whatever it takes to help his teammates succeed.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 10

Aleen Jude

Minnetonka High School – Sophomore, Debate

Aleen has supported her teammates through encouragement, being reliable, and expanding her knowledge to help the team. Despite a completely virtual season, Aleen has shown commitment by showing up to every practice, including optional varsity practice, and being prepared to discuss relevant research topics. She can be counted on to do extra research for the team and also share her findings so all teammates benefit.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 9

Nick Vetsch

Stewartville High School – Senior, Football

Nick is the model of what it means to be a servant leader.  As a student manager for four years, he consistently put our programs, players and coaches ahead of himself.  Whether it be the offseason, summer or in-season, Nick has worked tirelessly to make sure the football, basketball and baseball experiences for everyone was the best it could be.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 8

Grace has a positive attitude and is willing to do anything she can to help her teammates succeed. She gave motivational pep talks to our servers during timeouts and they served 99% of their serves in after listening to her encouraging words! Grace is a phenomenal teammate who is an inspiration to others and instrumental to our success!

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