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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 6

Harry Carlson

Brainerd High School – Senior, Football

Harry is a young man who has sacrificed a ton for his team by giving up his time to go to boot camp, but always kept in touch with his teammates during that time and serving as a caption for the football team while in boot camp. When on the field, you won’t find a young man who is more optimistic with all of his teammates and goes out of his way to help younger teammates on and off the field. He is not only willing to sacrifice for his country but sacrifice each and every day for the betterment of his team.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 5

Jaheim Omeally

St. Paul Central High School – Senior, Football

Jaheim, a two-year starter, was lost for the 2020 season due to an injury but that didn’t stop him from fulfilling his role as captain. He shows up at every practice and game while working a full-time job and earning Bs in the classroom. Dedicated and hardworking, Jaheim is an example of excellence who goes the extra mile for others and expects nothing in return.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 4

Dylan Moua

Hmong College Prep Academy – Junior, Soccer, Boys

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 3

Caden wasn't able to participate in cross-country this season due to injury, but he never complained that he wasn't able to run. Instead, Caden was at every practice and meet, encouraging his teammates, helping the coaches, and offering his assistance. His leadership is a wonderful example for others to follow.  

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 2

Triniti Gbala

St. Charles High School – Senior, Soccer, Girls

Triniti has always been a positive force on her teams and in school. She is our starting middle hitter on the volleyball team, plays basketball, and is a thrower in track. When volleyball was moved to the spring, she went out for soccer just to be part of the team. Triniti is a great teammate and excels in whatever role she is given.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 1

Aidan Baxter

Wabasha-Kellogg High School – Senior, Football

Aidan, a team captain, has dealt with the pandemic in a supreme way. He came back from a trip to Italy last spring and was forced to quarantine for two weeks as a safety measure. He never complained and worked very hard all offseason to help prepare the team. Three games have been lost due to COVID-19 but Aidan never complained. He is a great teammate.

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Most Valuable Teammate Week 20

As captain of a team that has had little success on the scoreboard, Chase has filled many different roles. He has done so without complaint and is a constant leader and supporter of all players on the team. TCU will have a better program in the future because of Chase's leadership.

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