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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Oct. 15 – Elections were completed recently to fill positions on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s legislative body, its Representative Council, and one new member was among those selected.
Reese athletic director Dave Derocher will join the council to represent Class C and D schools in the northern section of the Lower Peninsula. He was elected to a two-year team, as were seven others who were re-elected and will begin terms during the council’s fall meeting.
Saginaw Heritage athletic director and assistant principal Peter Ryan will continue to represent Class A and B schools in the Lower Peninsula’s northern section, Buchanan athletic director Fredrick Smith will continue to represent Class A and B in the southwestern section, and Brighton athletic director John Thompson will continue to represent Class A and B in the southeastern section. Negaunee superintendent James Derocher will continue to represent Class C and D schools in the Upper Peninsula.
Grand Haven assistant superintendent Scott C. Grimes was re-elected to a statewide at-large position, and Clare Middle School principal Steve Newkirk was re-elected to represent junior high and middle schools. Vic Michaels, director of physical education and athletics for the Archdiocese of Detroit, will continue to represent private and parochial schools.
The Representative Council is the 19-member legislative body of the MHSAA. All but five members are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities, and the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee. The Council meets three times annually, and five members of the Council convene monthly during the school year to form the MHSAA’s Executive Committee, which reviews appeals of Handbook regulations by member schools.
Additional elections took place to select representatives to the Upper Peninsula Athletic Committee. St. Ignace superintendent Donald Gustafson was chosen to represent Class D schools. Michael Berutti, who serves as principal, athletic director and football coach at Iron River West Iron County High School, was elected to represent athletic coaches.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.5 million spectators each year.