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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --October 27, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046

Representative Council Elections Complete, Five Win Re-election

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Oct. 27 - Five members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association's governing body, the Representative Council, have been reelected by member schools to serve two-year terms.

The Representative Council meets three times annually to discuss and pass legislation concerning the interscholastic athletic activities of the Association's 1,300-plus member senior and junior high/middle schools. The Council is made up of 19 members, with all but 7 elected by a vote of member schools to represent different geographic regions, different sizes of schools, private schools, and junior high/middle schools. Two members are elected to statewide at-large positions. 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.

From the Council, three officers are elected. These officers and two other representatives form the MHSAA's Executive Committee, which meets on a monthly basis during the school year to review eligibility appeals from member schools and other current Association business.
Reelected to two-year terms which expire in December, 2001, are: Dan Flynn, faculty member/coach, Escanaba High School, representing Class A and B schools in the Upper Peninsula; Eunice Moore, director, Detroit Public Schools, representing city of Detroit public high schools; Norm Johnson, administrative assistant, Bangor High School, representing Class C and D schools in the Southwestern Lower Peninsula; Randy Salisbury, principal, Britton-Macon High School, representing Class C and D schools in the Southeastern Lower Peninsula; Karen Leinaar, athletic director, Gaylord High School, to a statewide at-large position; and Paul Eldred, superintendent, Cheboygan Public Schools, representing junior high/middle schools.

Ellinger and Johnson were elected to their eighth term on the Council; Flynn to his sixth term, Salisbury to his fifth; and Moore to her second. Johnson, Moore and Salisbury ran unopposed for their positions.

In addition, three positions on the Upper Peninsula Athletic Committee were filled by a vote of U.P. schools. Russell Bailey, principal/athletic director, Ewen-Trout Creek High School, was selected to represent Class D schools; Dee Jay Paquette, athletic director, Munising High School, was selected to represent Class C schools; and Don Edens, athletic director, Kingsford High School, was selected to represent Class A and B schools.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,300 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 conducted in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately 1.3 million spectators each year.