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EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 8 – West Bloomfield’s Hugh R. Jewell, a high school official for four decades and member of Halls of Fame for both the Detroit Public School and Detroit Catholic High School Leagues, has been selected to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Vern L. Norris Award for 2014.

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 served as executive director of the MHSAA from 1978-86 and was well-respected by officials on the state and national levels.

Jewell will be honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 3 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. He is in his 40th year as an MHSAA-registered official and has worked mostly in football, boys and girls basketball. He has received eight MHSAA championship game assignments over three decades and also been a frequent contributor to MHSAA and Detroit-area officials training efforts.

“I’ll never forget certain people who saw something in me even back then, in the 1970s and early 80s, when I was getting on my feet,” Jewell said. “Especially as you get older in this, you have to take on the mentality that whatever it is you learned over the years, there’s reason to give back and pass it to younger (officials). Now, reaching the point that I have, I think that’s why a lot of younger guys look forward to games (with me). They see my name, and they know I’m going to give them something to take home with them, even if it’s nothing more than a little bit of advice.”

Jewell officiated MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals in 1986, 1989, 1990 and 1997, and Football Finals in 1991, 1995, 2000 and 2006 in addition to a number of Semifinals and earlier-round tournament games. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and Highland Park Community High School Halls of Fame, and officiated college basketball up to the Division II level for more than 20 years.

A 1966 graduate of Highland Park High School, Jewell was decorated with the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star with Valor Award, Air Medal Award and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon while serving in the U.S. Army from 1968-70. Jewell then served as a Highland Park police officer from 1970-78, receiving numerous unit and individual citations, and continued as a police/liaison and security officer at the high school and adjoining community college and adult education center.

Jewell earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Wayne State University in 1979 and took his dedication into the classroom two decades later after earning a teaching certificate in social studies in 2001. He taught from 2001-04 at Highland Park Alternative High School, 2004-06 at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center’s Ben Carson Academy and from 2006-10 at the Life Skills Center of Metropolitan Detroit.

He also has mentored officials, students and coaches at Detroit community and neighborhood centers, and taught volunteer officiating classes at Highland Park Community College from 1980-88.

“Hugh Jewell is highly-respected not only as a top official who has worked a number of Finals events, but also as a positive influence who appreciates the value of giving back to his community, “ MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said. “He’s passed on his expertise to countless colleagues and students as a clinician and mentor. We are pleased to recognize Hugh Jewell with the Vern L. Norris Award.”

Jewell also has served as an active member of his church and the Highland Park Men’s Forum. In addition to multiple Detroit area officials organizations including the Metro Detroit Officials Association, Jewell is a member of the NAACP and American Federation of Teachers.

He also has served as deputy director of the city of Highland Park’s Parks and Recreation Department, deputy superintendent of the city’s Water & Public Works Department and as a substitute teacher/security specialist for Southfield Public Schools.

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
2010 – John Juday Sr., Petoskey
2011 – Robert Williams, Redford
2012 – Lyle Berry, Rockford
2013 – Tom Minter, Okemos

High school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service also will be honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 3.

Eight officials with 50 or more years of service will be honored, along with 14 officials with 45 years. A 40-year award will be presented to 74 officials. In addition, 92 officials with 30 years and 183 officials with 20 years of experience will be honored. With the induction of this year’s group of 371, the honor roll of officials who have aided young student-athletes grows to 9,416 since the inception of the banquet in 1980.

Tickets for the banquet are available to the public and priced at $20. They will not be sold at the door. Tickets can be ordered by calling the MHSAA office at (517) 332-5046 or by sending the order form available at this link: http://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/documents/officials/banquet.pdf.

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 more than 1.4 million spectators each year.


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 35th annual Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, in East Lansing on May 3, 2014.


Adrian - David Clauda
Alma - Tyler Throop
Alpena - Mark Uekman
Ann Arbor - Michael Guenther
Ann Arbor - Eric Zemper
Attica - Rick Lee
Bad Axe - Gary Meredith
Baroda - Jerry Nitz
Battle Creek - Richard Hastings
Battle Creek - Stewart Lewis
Battle Creek - Thomas Runels
Bay City - Robert Huddleston
Belding - Jerry Lallo
Belding - Gary Youngs
Bellevue - Mark Whitney
Belmont - Patrick Burkholder
Big Rapids - James Turner
Big Rapids - Craig Wotta
Birmingham - Leon Braisted III
Bloomingdale - James Bauer
Bridgman - Robert Damon
Bridgman - Dennis Ott
Brighton - David Stewart
Brooklyn - Gary Schuch
Byron Center - Glennon Eckelkamp
Byron Center - John Philo
Canton - Diane Klucka
Canton - Chuck Lebert
Caro - Kerwood Crutchfield
Casco Township - Susan Griffin
Center Line - Rick Fields
Cheboygan - Jason Friday
Chelsea - Keith DePaoli
Chesaning - Ryan Ferry
Clarkston - Gretchen Robinson
Clarkston - Keith Wharry
Comstock Park - Douglas Stelma
Coopersville - Lynn VanSickle
Corunna - John Sandlin
Davison - Robert Hill
Dearborn - Vito Antonazzo
Dearborn - Kyle Freitag
Detroit - Donta Favors
Detroit - Jo Ann Jones
Dexter - Douglas Kelly
East Lansing - Theresa Shepard
East Tawas - Joseph Cano Jr.
Eau Claire - Dennis Ostyn
Edwardsburg - Tony Catanzarite
Escanaba - Robert Chaillier
Escanaba - John Ziemba
Fenton - Phillip Diener
Fenton - Thomas King Jr.
Flint - Terry DeCaire
Flint - Thomas Tucker
Flint - Darrell Young
Flushing - Mark Barton
Frankenmuth - John Shelton
Fraser - James Rogers
Fulton - Arthur Shellenberger
Grand Blanc - James Blakley Jr.
Grand Ledge - Mary Gavitt
Grand Rapids - Ralph Johnson
Grand Rapids - Lawrence La Mange
Grand Rapids - Thomas Maxim
Grand Rapids - Patrick McLaughlin
Grand Rapids - Jane Plaisted
Grandville - James Backowski Jr.
Grandville - Anthony Santilli
Grosse Pointe Woods - Michael O'Connor
Hancock - John Sanregret
Henderson - Karen Shuster
Holland - Randy Bigelow
Holland - Douglas Smith
Holland - Jocelyn VanHeest
Hudsonville - Dale Heyboer
Hudsonville - Gregory VanderGoot
Huntington Woods - Joseph Rozell
Indian River - Michael Schmidt
Indianapolis - Martin Spees
Inkster - Jerome Bivins Sr.
Jenison - Michael Olszewski
Kalamazoo - Thalmus Allen Sr.
Kalamazoo - Claude Little
Kalamazoo - Brian Nyhoff
Kawkawlin - Jack Servis
Kentwood - Robert Navarro
Lake Ann - Bill Parker
Lake Leelanau - Carl Garthe
Lakeview - Fred Bies
Lansing - Dennis Bravender
Lansing - Robert Elliott
Lansing - Jose Estrada
Lansing - Michael Hartwell
Lansing - Allen Jensen
Lansing - George La Croix
Lansing - Jim Mills
Lansing - Mark Simon
Lapeer - Rebecca Byam
Lawrence - Allan Wood
Lincoln - Troy Somers
Linden - Nicole Schulz
Livonia - James O'Connell
Livonia - Ronald Reinke
Lowell - Anthony Dommer
Ludington - Dennis Genson
Luther - Kenneth Simmons
Luther - John Syrewicze
Macomb - Steven Wood
Marquette - Robert Hewitt
Marquette - Todd Koski
Marquette - Brian Maki
Marquette - Charlie Morrison
Marshall - Rodney Dawson
Marysville - Ronald Churchill
Midland - Buddy Landerway
Midland - Jeffrey Servinski
Milan - Larry Sanford
Mishawaka - Ray Osborne
Monroe - Christopher Antonelli
Monroe - Christopher Essex
Monroe - Diane Poniewozik
Muskegon - Curtis Adams
Muskegon - Francis Attig III
Muskegon - Robert Dye
Muskegon - Robert Graham
Negaunee - Richard Karki
Negaunee - Kevin Koski
New Haven - Vincent Patton
Niles - Dan Brazo
Niles - David Negron
Norway - James Bal
Oak Park - Kevin Whitty
Okemos - Michael Yassine
Onsted - Anthony Aiken
Onsted - Audrey Allen
Onsted - G Mark Allen
Ontonagon - Joseph Strong DDS
Oscoda - Andrew Bergquist
Ossineke - James Marquardt
Petoskey - James Ehrnst
Pleasant Ridge - Kolin Stutcher
Plymouth - Pericles Chiatalas
Port Austin - John Brecht
Port Huron - Gary Dummitt
Port Huron - Timothy Meikle
Port Huron - Frederick Swegles
Port Huron - Richard Tinsley
Portage - Greg Nezamis
Portland - Karen Dugan
Presque Isle - Robert Newton
Rochester Hills - Henry Mittelstaedt III
Rockford - Brian Vogel
Rockford - Bruce Walterhouse
Roscommon - Ernest Scott
Roseville - Paul Forster
Royal Oak - Jeff Barbato
Royal Oak - James Demres
Shelby Township - Sandra Collins
Southfield - Raymond Kelser
Southfield - Harold Lobaugh Jr.
St Charles - Raymond Guzy
St Clair - Hrant Hratchian
St Clair Shores - Daniel DeSantis
St Clair Shores - Richard Peet
St Joseph - Kenneth Baratta
St. Clair Shores - Stephen Mazzola
Taylor - Raymond Kuhr
Traverse City - Richard Licking
Trenton - Craig Natt
Utica - James Tanner
Vulcan - Alan Richards
Waterford - David Duff
Waterford - Ron Stafford
Waterford - Randy Welch
Watersmeet - James Peterson
West Olive - Lora Hahn
White Pigeon - Robert Laverdure
Whitehall - Ted Edsall
Whitehall - Darry Hichue
Williamston - Al Nowak Jr.
Wyoming - Jerry Hoogerhyde
Zeeland - John Robertson

Ada - Donald Slater
Albion - John Schilling
Albion - James Youngdahl
Allen Park - Paul Oshanski
Ann Arbor - David Meyer
Battle Creek - James Van Hoose Jr.
Bear Lake - Donald Somsel
Belding - Kenneth Krueger
Belding - Steven Tchozeski
Bloomfield Hills - Thomas Mastrovito
Boyne City - William Matelski
Brooklyn - David Slusher
Buchanan - Jon Harner
Burton - Josephine Mayville
Burton - Donald McCombs
Byron Center - Leroy Hackley Jr.
Cadillac - Kevin Hughes
Cedar Springs - Gary Woodhull
Cheboygan - Michael Grisdale
Clio - Julie Gettel
Coldwater - James Bilsborrow
Coldwater - Ken Smoker
Comstock Park - Brian Macomber
Davison - Martin Cleven III
Decatur - Charles Shanahan
Detroit - Kevin Hall
Detroit - Willie Hall Jr.
Detroit - Ernest Rodgers
DeWitt - Thomas Barker
Dimondale - Wallace Green Jr.
Dundee - Michael White
Durand - Alan Hill
Ewen - Phillip Maki
Farmington - John Kamstra
Farmington Hills - Michael Schram
Fenton - Anthony Mora
Flint - Robert Farrar
Flint - Eric Minore
Fruitport - Jeff VanBeek
Galesburg - Michael George
Gibraltar - Robert Wotta
Gladstone - Michael Gobert
Grand Blanc - John Bozek
Grand Haven - Patrick Hood
Grand Haven - Richard Szczepanek
Grosse Pointe Farms - Margaret Gatliff
Holland - Lloyd Dozeman
Holt - Jamie Evans
Holton - Brien VanSchoick
Hudsonville - Jeffrey Wisneski
Hurley - Greg Rigoni
Jackson - Karen Anderson
Jackson - Kenneth Page
Jenison - Stan Jesky
Kalamazoo - Ron Nordquist
Kalamazoo - Mike Squires
Lansing - James Finch
Lansing - Lois Hallifax
Lansing - Terrance Walters
Linden - Gary Duke
Linden - James Johnston
Mattawan - William Brott
McBain - Bernard Mulder
Mecosta - William Howes
Middleville - Steve Evans
Monroe - Michael Straub
Nashville - Tony Joostberns
Negaunee - Helen Grossman
Newaygo - Dean Duchemin
North Branch - David Castle
Ottawa Lake - Jamie La Rocca
Owosso - Gregory Worthington
Pigeon - Randy Damm
Pigeon - Kent Shetler
Plainwell - Lurinda Shrauger
Plymouth - Janice Holda
Pontiac - Garry Reynolds Jr.
Rochester Hills - Timothy Soave
Roseville - Kevin Walewski
Royal Oak - William Minto
Ruth - Daniel Romzek
Saugatuck - Ross Such
Shelby - Joseph Burr
Southfield - Gary Jenkins
Southgate - Mark Gniewek
St. Clair Shores - Gary Gassen
Stanton - Randy Reese
Three Oaks - Michael Smith
Traverse City - Victor Trierweiler
Washington - James Bade
Woodhaven - Michael VonLinsowe
Zeeland - Peter Headley Sr.

Ada - Bryan Cullens Jr.
Addison - Ronald Towne
Adrian - Judith Walter-Kohn
Albion - Raymond Drysdale
Allendale - H Joseph Perrin
Alpena - David Kuznicki
Ann Arbor - James Ticknor
Battle Creek - Bruce Bosserd
Battle Creek - Steven Higgs
Bay City - Gerald Martin
Bellaire - Walter Roe
Birmingham - Catherine Dritsas
Birmingham - Robert Stark
Boyne Falls - Russell MaGee
Brighton - Robert Ritsema
Britton - Kenneth Kormos
Brooklyn - Michael Timms
Burton - Patrick O'Reilly
Byron Center - Andrew DeVries
Calumet - Bruce Coppo
Canton - Dennis Bostwick
Canton - Robert Green
Carrollton - Ralph Gnotek
Chesterfield - Harold Younce
Davison - James Eastman
Dearborn Heights - Lou Giroux
Detroit - Terry Wash
Durand - David Smith
East China - Gerald Warkentien
East Leroy - James Alday
Fenton - Martin Covert
Gaylord - Michael Norton
Grand Haven - Dennis Demock
Grandville - Pat Folkertsma-Garrett
Grandville - Andrew Kovac
Grosse Pointe Park - Mike Dempsey
Holland - Bruce Kruithoff
Holly - Paul Matson
Holt - Michael Nugent
Hudsonville - Allan Owens
Jackson - Ralph Rice
Lake City - Michael Dryer
Lexington - Richard Hug
Livonia - Ann Hutchins
Macomb - Ronald Minoletti
Macomb - Arthur Zysk
Marquette - Leonard Angeli
Marshall - Glen Brown
Middleville - Bruce Bender
Milan - Brad Susterka
Mio - Edwin Cline
Monroe - Eric Jenkins
Mt. Pleasant - Dale Brecht
Mt. Pleasant - James MacLean II
Muskegon - Craig Weirich
Newaygo - Dave Baldus
Niles - Norman Guentert
Norway - Milt Krznarich
Petoskey - Edward Gunderson
Portage - Allan Thompson
Rives Junction - Dale Baum
Rochester Hills - Tom Delia Jr.
Royal Oak - Byron Photiades
Saginaw - Ronald Dressler
Saginaw - Hogey Holtz
South Haven - Henry Allen
South Lyon - Ronald Nomura
Sterling Heights - Joseph Bontomasi Jr.
Swartz Creek - Larry Schutt
Troy - Kenyon Shively
Warren - Daniel O'Neil
Waterford - Frederick Cohen
Wayland - Norman Taylor
West Bloomfield - Hugh R. Jewell


Canton - Pamela Yockey
Delton - Robert Ritchie
Grand Rapids - Robert Rodenhouse
Holt - Denny Fulk
Jackson - Dennis Lautzenheiser
Kalamazoo - William Rapley Jr.
Lakeport - Donna Frohm
Lansing - Donald Murray
Lansing - Darwin Petersen
Negaunee - Rodney Guizzetti Sr.
Saginaw - DJ  (Bud) Clement
Spring Lake - Daniel Bouma
Toledo - William Lauer
Warren - Dolores Marquis


Allegan - George Babcock
Alpena - James Bowen
Boyne City - Gary Francis
Flushing - John Kirk
Gaylord - Gilbert Zachariah
Grand Haven - Dean Wolfe
Saginaw - Leonard Callard
Swartz Creek - Phillip Long

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