Mississippi 8 Conference looking to address sportsmanship

Bruce Novak, Superintendent
Cambridge-Isanti Schools

On Monday, Aug. 20, the Mississippi 8 Conference athletics and activities directors hosted a Student Leadership Summit at Buffalo High School.

Twenty-three student leaders representing the Bluejacket fall teams of cheerleading, boys’ and girls’ cross country, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ swimming and diving, girls’ tennis, and volleyball were in attendance. The student athletes from Cambridge-Isanti were joined by students from conference schools, Big Lake, Buffalo, Monticello, Rogers, and St. Michael-Albertville.

Former Minnetonka High School, St. Cloud State University honor graduate, and Vikings Captain Keith Nord was keynote speaker for the leadership summit. He stressed that all present were leaders and as such are held to a high standard of personal conduct. Nord pointed out that it takes a lifetime to build a great name and reputation. That positive reputation can be destroyed with one poor decision.

Keith challenged the leaders to seek out teammates and classmates who need support and friendship. Leaders look out for those in need. He also challenged the participants to go out of their way to be positive and boost the self esteem of those in their lives. Keith Nord’s philosophy of life is to work hard, be positive, never quit, get out of your comfort zone, better yourself daily, and have fun in all aspects of life.


Sportsmanship Goals to be shared by students at events across the 

Mississippi 8 Conference:

It was decided by the Mississippi 8 activities directors that for conference and nonconference athletic events, the Mississippi 8 Sportsmanship Code will be recited by students prior to events. Erika Schmieg, Bluejacket junior girls tennis player, was the first student athlete in our conference to recite this code on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the first varsity tennis match. Erika welcomed the North Branch girls tennis team and challenged the student-athletes on both teams to model outstanding sportsmanship.

The code as it will be read before all Mississippi 8 Contests:

“One of the goals of the Minnesota State High School league and the Mississippi 8 Conference is the teaching of lifetime values. Sportsmanship is one such value that makes these games so enjoyable and such a valuable learning experience. Please remember whether you are a participant or a fan in the stands, be a good sport. We all represent the Mississippi 8 Conference, our communities, schools, and families.”