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EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 7 – One of the founders of the Top-O-Michigan Officials Association, John Juday Sr. of Petoskey has been selected to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Vern L. Norris Award for 2010.

The Norris Award is presented annually to a veteran official who has been active in a local officials association, has mentored other officials, and has been involved in officials’ education. It is named for Vern L. Norris, who was executive director of the MHSAA from 1978-86, and well-respected by officials on the state and national levels.  Juday will be presented the award at the MHSAA’s 31st annual Officials’ Awards and Alumni Banquet on May 1 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Juday is shown above with Norris (left) and MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts (right).

Leadership is a trait that endures over time, and the leadership Juday has shown as an official in northern Michigan has been exemplary.  He continues to be active with Top-O-Michigan Officials Association activities, clinics and member services even after retiring from officiating in 2001, ending a career of 34 years of service in football, basketball and baseball.

Juday worked at the highest levels of MHSAA tournaments on the gridiron and on the hardwood, but also gave the highest levels of service as a sponsor of high-school aged officials through the MHSAA’s Legacy program, and as a mentor to countless other young officials.

His officiating work also involved on the field and consulting work with local Little Leagues and recreation departments.  Juday is also active in the Petoskey-based Beyond The Scoreboard organization, which promotes character in athletics.

A 1957 Boyne City High School graduate, Juday was a two-way performer on the gridiron where he helped the Ramblers to 14-1 gridiron record his junior and senior seasons, including quarterbacking the Ramblers to an 8-0 mark in 1956 and their first Northern Michigan C crown in 12 years.  He also averaged in double figures in basketball as the school won an MHSAA Class C Regional title in 1956.

“When you think about some of the great officials between the lines who have also been great leaders outside the lines, John Juday is one such official,” said John E. “Jack” Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.  “He helped lead the creation of one of the top officials associations in the state, and he continues to give and lead even beyond his retirement from active officiating as a teacher and a mentor.  We’re pleased to honor John Juday with the Norris Award.”

Previous recipients of the Norris Award are:
1992 – Ted Wilson, East Detroit
1993 – Fred Briggs, Burton
1994 – Joe Brodie, Flat Rock
1995 – Jim Massar, Flint
1996 – Jim Lamoreaux, St. Ignace
1997 – Ken Myllyla, Escanaba
1998 – Blake Hagman, Kalamazoo
1999 – Richard Kalahar, Jackson
2000 – Barb Beckett, Traverse City; Karl Newingham, Bay City
2001 – Herb Lipschultz, Kalamazoo
2002 – Robert Scholie, Hancock
2003 – Ron Nagy, Hazel Park
2004 – Carl Van Heck, Grand Rapids
2005 – Bruce Moss, Alma
2006 – Jeanne Skinner, Grand Rapids
2007 – Terry Wakeley, Grayling
2008 – Will Lynch, Honor
2009 – James Danhoff, Richland

High school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50-years of service will also be honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.  (A list of those officials being honored follows this release below)

Six officials with 50 or more years of service will be honored, along with 15 officials with 45 years. A 40-year award will be presented to 43 officials.  In addition, 104 officials with 30 years, and 189 officials with 20 years, of experience, will be honored.  With the induction of this year’s group of 357, the honor roll of officials who have aided young student-athletes grows to 7,925 since the inception of the banquet in 1980.

This year’s banquet will again feature brief multimedia presentations prior to the introduction of each group of recipients, with historical highlights from 1990, 1980, 1970, 1965 and 1960.

Tickets for the banquet are available to the public and are priced at $20.00.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  Tickets can be ordered online from the Official’s page of the MHSAA Website, MHSAA.com.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,600 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 1.6 million spectators each year.


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20, 30, 40, 45 & 50-YEAR OFFICIALS

The officials on this list will receive their 20, 30, 40, 45 or 50-year service awards at the 31st annual Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet at the Radisson Hotel Lansing on May 1.


Adrian - Robert Wright
Allen Park - Michelle Del Duco
Alma - Pamela Hanson-Bender
Alpena - Thomas Harmon
Alto - Michael Butcher
Ann Arbor - Lisa Bain
Ann Arbor - Larry Kenyon
Au Gres - Michael DeLeo

Battle Creek - Robert Bennett
Bay City - Allan Ferrio
Bay City - Kevin Sinicki
Bay City - Michael Spencer
Blissfield - Ronald Gentz
Blissfield - Steven Laundra
Blissfield - David Sanchez
Brooklyn - Charles Janke
Brownstown Township - Joseph Barzo
Brownstown Township - Jim Joseph
Buchanan - Francis Brown
Byron - David Czerniakowski

Cadillac - Douglas McGiness
Cadillac - David McMahon
Caledonia - David Dzierzyc
Carleton - Carl Hall
Carson City - Ted Kelly
Carson City - Arthur Kurtze III
Cedar Springs - Bruce Marvel
Center Line - Ronald Nelson
Charlotte - Michael Sumner
Chesterfield - Clifford Bliss
Chesterfield - Michael Lombard
Chesterfield - Douglas Stark
Climax - Robert Doxey
Clinton Township - Randy DePew
Clyde - Edwin McCoy Jr.
Coldwater - William Peiffer
Columbiaville - Donald Gordon

Delton - Katherine Dolfman
Detroit - Darren Ford
Detroit - Johnny Green
Detroit - Anthony Johnson
Detroit - David Mann

East Jordan - Teresa Hart
East Jordan - Meg Kitson
East Leroy - Dale Traister
Edwardsburg - Donald Mitchell

Farmington Hills - Lonnie Erickson
Farwell - Patrick Uhrig
Fibre - Margaret Jarvie
Flushing - Neil McCarthy
Fraser - Thomas Suminski
Freeland - Dennis Argyle

Gaylord - Christopher Matts
Grand Blanc - James Brigance
Grand Blanc - Michael Fair
Grand Blanc - David Griffel
Grand Ledge - Tony Trierweiler
Grand Rapids - Scott Berry
Grand Rapids - John Bouwman
Grand Rapids - Don Buchholz
Grand Rapids - Walter Clarke
Grand Rapids - Daryl Henderson
Grand Rapids - James Jakubowski
Grand Rapids - Scott Markham
Grand Rapids - Beth Redford
Grand Rapids - Douglas Redford
Grandville - Carson Neifert
Grayling - David Latusek
Grosse Pointe Park - Stephen Miller

Hazel Park - Timothy Hemming
Holland - Christine Durham
Holland - Douglas Sage
Holland - Michael Toscano
Holland - Kevin VanderHulst
Holland - John Wood
Holt - Eric Hartley
Howell - Dan Reason
Hudsonville - Patrick Wilde

Ida - Ned Birkey
Indian River - Matthew Nedwid
Iron Mountain - George Pond
Ithaca - Bradley Peet Sr.

Jackson - Paul Long
Jackson - Shawn Spitler
Jenison - Robert Dewitt
Jenison - Esther Driesenga
Jenison - Steven Warber

Kalamazoo - Joseph Beall
Kalamazoo - Chris Grimes
Kalamazoo - Richard Hurdelbrink
Kalamazoo - Paul Kampen
Kalamazoo - Richard Moore
Kalamazoo - Steven Nuyen
Kalamazoo - David Wassink
Kalkaska - Michael White
Kentwood - Christopher Maday
Kingsford - Mark Shanks

Laingsburg - Charles Holcomb
Laingsburg - Thomas Rourke
Lansing - Arthur Castillo
Lansing - Nikolaos Pehlivanoglu
Lansing - James Sedick
Lansing - Justin Terry
Lansing - Amy Willing
Leonard - Thomas Kmita
Lincoln - Brad Cole
Lowell - Joe Melle

Macomb - Kyle Plutschuck
Marysville - W. Randy Jacobs
Mattawan - Peter Marsiglia
Mayville - Theodore Germain
McBain - Kevin Taylor
Mesick - Paul Osborne
Metamora - Justin Krehel
Midland - Oliver Myers
Milford - Charles Ahnen
Mishawaka - Kevin Rusk
Monroe - John Hilken
Mt Morris - Robert Sunday
Muskegon - Theo Burrel
Muskegon - Timothy Cook

New Boston - Wayne Hamilton
Newberry - Teddy Nutkins
Newport - Glen Scafidi
North Muskegon - Daniel Millhisler
Northville - Robert Juhasz
Norton Shores - Daniel Meyers

Okemos - Kalifa Bofaris
Olivet - Lonnie Spencer
Onondaga - Steven Dwight
Onsted - William Bayko
Oroville - Raymond Stott
Ortonville - Franklin Olson
Owosso - Gary Barta
Owosso - Allen Haskins
Oxford - Martin Margarita

Parma - John Tuttle Sr.
Paw Paw - Thomas Bennett
Pontiac - Larry Logan
Port Sanilac - Dan Dean
Portage - James Hughes
Portage - Walter Scott

Ray - Danny Kuskowski
Richland - Michael Marcinek
Riverview - Benjamin Madero
Rock - Jeffrey Diebolt
Rockford - Chris Davis
Rockford - Debbie Hunt
Rogers City - Mary Fairbanks
Romulus - A. Terry Brinston
Royal Oak - Ronald Buchanan

Saginaw - Gilberto Guevara
Saginaw - Daniel Houston
Saginaw - Robert Kubczak
Saline - Kirk Spangler
Schoolcraft - John Stodola
Scottville - Stacey Swiatlowski
South Bend - David Sexton
Southfield - Anthony Johnson
Southgate - David Raj
St. Clair Shores - John Hartley Jr.
St. Ignace - William Fraser
St. Joseph - Patrick Clark
Stalwart - Barbra Storey
Stanton - James White
Stanwood - Steven Hollister
Sterling Heights - Dale Dombrowski
Sterling Heights - Debra Dombrowski
Sterling Heights - Wesley Glasgow
Sterling Heights - Martin Szalkiewicz
Sumner - Jeffery Rowley
Swartz Creek - Robert Leff

Tawas City - Robert Moore
Toledo - Scott Minnick
Traverse City - Jeffrey Armour
Traverse City - James Barbera
Traverse City - Peter Garthe
Trenton - Alec Lesko

Vassar - Matthew Cox
Vassar - Mark Schoenow

Waterford - Michael Blom
Waterford - Mathew Morgan
Westland - Richard Kus
Westland - Thomas Mallon
Williamston - William Redmond
Wixom - Lawrence Grant
Woodhaven - Karey Del Duco
Woodhaven - Lisa Lee
Wyandotte - David Maloney


Ada - Mark Stevens
Athens - Timothy Yancer

Bad Axe - Paul Binder
Battle Creek - David Hart
Berkley - Sheila Homic
Berkley - Charles Tyrrell
Big Rapids - Jill Baker-Cooley
Blissfield - Christopher Bates
Bridgeport - Arthur McIntyre
Brimley - Jerald Cook

Calumet - Daniel Junttila
Champion - Gary O'Brien
Clarksville - Jim Johnson
Clinton Township - Leonard Yarnell
Clio - Dennis Winchester
Constantine - Timothy Baker
Crystal Falls - Dennis Fabbri

Davison - Rex Jacobsen
Davison - James Ritchie
Davison - Eugene Smith
Dearborn - Robert Bridges
Dearborn Heights - Ricky Jackson
Dearborn Heights - Kevin Kabacinski
Decatur - Patrick Boitnott
Detroit - Godfrey Howard
Detroit - Franklin Tanton
DeWitt - Donald Muysenberg
Dimondale - Eric Wills
Dowagiac - Arnold Garritano
Dundee - Karl Schmidt

Elsie - Jack Nutter
Essexville - Daniel Gillard Sr

Farmington Hills - Mark Kronk
Ferndale - Bradford Skauge
Flint - James Newell
Flushing - John Dashner
Flushing - Douglas Tipton
Fremont - James Goorhouse
Fruitport - George Frederick

Gaylord - Paul Holmes
Gobles - James Ketelaar
Grand Blanc - Charles Pinter
Grand Rapids - Michael Skrzycki
Grosse Pointe Farms - Robert Zaranek

Harbor Beach - Steven Linn
Holland - Jeffrey Goorhouse
Holt - Donald Clever
Houghton - Douglas Larson
Hudson - Fred Bowers
Hudson - Patrick Wollet
Hudsonville - Bob Wojcik

Iron Mountain - John Pucci
Ishpeming - William Bath
Ishpeming - Gary Haney

Jackson - Richard Eby

Kalamazoo - Larry Fike
Kalamazoo - Ronald Welch

Lansing - Sam Davis
Lansing - David Shipman
Lansing - Donald Yuvan
Linden - Jeffery Prince
Ludington - David Wright

Madison Heights - Marie Bessler
Madison Heights - Richard Hillman
Marshall - David Benham
Marysville - Joel Venia
Mohawk - Allen Olson
Monroe - Jeffrey Grodi
Munising - Gregory Haverkate
Muskegon - Melville Foster
Muskegon - Charles VanDongen

Newport - David Sontag
Niles - Richard Lott
Niles - Michael Nate
Novi - Brian Sparks

Okemos - John Garrison
Okemos - David McKearney
Onsted - Kathi Frank

Pigeon - Donald Parrish
Portland - Anthony Sporer
Portland - James Wlodarczak

Redford - Gregory Smetek
Richland - Thomas Cox
Rockford - Timothy Erickson

Saginaw - Roberta Beyerlein
Saranac - James Long
Scottville - Rodney Marshall
Scottville - David Nemecek
Sebewaing - Steven Pommerenke
South Bend - Frank Nemeth
Southfield - James Briggs
St. Johns - Daniel VanDuinen
Stanwood - Bernard Harvey

Taylor - John Gendron
Temperance - Randall Sehl
Toledo - William Wiseman
Trenton - Frederick Bruley

Vulcan - William Reid

Waterford - Douglas Zimmerman
Wayland - Bruce Schwartz
Westland - Donna Strang
Williamsburg - Kenneth Domagala
Wyoming - Anthony Noto

Zeeland - Marvin Hinga 



Bay City - Walter Sabo
Bear Lake - J. Eric Farfsing
Blissfield - Richard Forche
Byron Center - Joseph Zomerlei

Cheboygan - William Watkins
Clio - Anthony Leonardo
Custer - Edward Miller

Essexville - Donald Rose Sr.

Fair Haven - John Folske

Gladstone - Robert Maki
Grand Haven - Bruce Bareham
Grand Rapids - Douglas Plasman
Grand Rapids - Dennis Rothenthaler
Grand Rapids - Thomas Vincent

Hudson - Michael McCullough

Iron Mountain - David Nobert

Ishpeming - David St. Onge

Kingsford - Joseph Reddinger

Lansing - Alan Racette
Lowell - Curtis Cummings

Manitou Beach - Walter Szczechowski
Marshall - Bruce Murphy
Monroe - Albert Fernandez
Monroe - John Pasko
Muskegon - Larry Vaandering

New Baltimore - James Cleverley

Okemos - Thomas Woiwode
Onsted - John Springer

Plymouth - James Walsh

Redford - Robert Williams
Royal Oak - Paul Engelberts

Saginaw - Hugh Matson
Sanford - Charles Russian
Shelby Township - Frank Talerico
Spring Lake - Bruce Campbell
St Clair Shores - Shirley Batche
St Clair Shores - James David

Traverse City - Fredrick Duguay

Vassar - H. Dan Johnson
Warren - Dennis Bankey
Waterford - Burton Hurshe
Whitehall - Thomas Young
Wyoming - Daniel Schultz


Algonac - Charles Cameron II
Alma - Dar Peska

Delta - Robert Hays
Detroit - Geraldine Jackson 

Gladwin - Jere Chaffin
Grayling - Terry Wakeley

Hartland - John Terry

Livonia - George Weatherford

Niles - James Murray
Novi - Max Mize

Okemos - Thomas Minter
Oregon - Stephen Suto

Rockford - Lawrence Filter

Saginaw - Donald Lord
St. Louis - Douglas Steward


Champion - Peter Koski Sr.

Grand Rapids - Carl VanHeck

Jackson - Richard Kalahar

Lansing - William Allen

Northville - Raymond Martin

Springfield - James Christensen

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