Vermont Business Roundtable acquires Nordic Educational Trust

first_imgThe Nordic Educational Trust was created in 1988 by former Roundtable member, Ross Anderson and his wife, Gail, to provide scholarship grants and other financial aid to assist deserving students from Chittenden and Grand Isle counties in pursuing technical education at two-year post-secondary institutions. To date, the Trust has awarded over 40 need-based scholarships to Vermont students; support that is not predicated on previous academic performance, yet has in many cases provided the opportunity for life-altering educational experiences. Effective this summer, oversight and administration of the Trust and scholarship recipient selection, has been transferred to the Vermont Business Roundtable, in recognition of its long-standing focus on education as an economic development strategy.According to Bill Stritzler, Managing Director, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and Chair of the Roundtable, ‘Of particular interest to the Roundtable is the opportunity to expand the eligibility criteria to students from all across Vermont; to grow the size of the trust by reaching out to the state’s business community to ‘grow its own’ technical workforce for the future; and, to provide mentoring opportunities between scholarship recipients and business leaders. We applaud the vision of the Andersons and are eager to build upon their legacy.’From previous primary research by the Roundtable, specifically its’ Pulse of Vermont: Quality of Life survey series, which is conducted every five years, there is well-established evidence to demonstrate that one’s satisfaction with life increases with one’s level of education and income. And certainly, in today’s increasingly complex economy, post-secondary education is a mandatory investment that people should make, if they have the opportunity. Said Roundtable President, Lisa Ventriss, ‘Our 2005 study showed that just under 50 percent of Vermonters came from other states, but they constituted 73 percent of the college graduates and 70 percent of those with incomes over $100,000. So, clearly, helping Vermont students knock down barriers to post-secondary education is a priority for the Roundtable.’ The Roundtable’s 2010 Pulse of Vermont survey findings will be released later this fall.The Roundtable has appointed the following members to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees: Steve Voigt, President and CEO, King Arthur Flour Co., Roundtable Vice-chair, and Chair of the Roundtable’s Education Working Group; Renee Bourget-Place, Partner, KPMG; Robert ‘Sparky’ Millikin, Managing Partner, TruexCullins Architecture & Interior Design; and, Lisa Ventriss, Roundtable President.The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 100 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.Source: Vermont Business Roundtable. 8.26.2010last_img read more

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The Votes Are In

first_imgOver 85,000 votes poured in for our Best Mountain Towns Contest, which wrapped up last weekend. Readers across the Blue Ridge region rallied for their favorite towns and generated a deluge of responses.Readers celebrated the trails, rivers, restaurants, pubs, outfitters, and especially the people of their favorite towns. We will be highlighting all 38 of our nominated towns in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and including specific comments from voters who chimed in.In our small towns category, the results came down to the final week—and even the final hour—of voting. One town led the polls for most of the six weeks of voting, but a late run by another town made for an exciting finish. Both towns represent what’s best about the Blue Ridge: small outdoor hamlets nestled in the heart of mountain adventure.Which towns won? Pick up the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine to find out.Congratulations to all 38 towns for mustering so much support from residents and visitors. As the overwhelming participation in our poll indicates, people feel passionately about their home towns and favorite adventure hotspots.View Best Mountain Towns in a larger maplast_img read more

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Burkina Faso: Award-Winning Border Flows

first_img Burkina Faso was named the winner of the inaugural Free Movement Excellence Award for its outstanding implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services. A representative of the country received an award for $10,000 and a certificate during the third ECOWAS Business Forum, where 45 other awards for innovation and entrepreneurship were given out. Burkina Faso was cited for the elimination of harassments along the borders, removal of nontrade tariffs along its border routes, removal of multiple checkpoints and the effective monitoring of its highways to ensure the safety of citizens. The flagship protocol was signed in 1979 by ECOWAS heads of state and government as an instrument to facilitate the intracommunity movement of citizens. The goal was to boost intraregional trade to stimulate West Africa’s economy and promote employment. By Dialogo January 01, 2011last_img read more

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Fox’s Arizona Call for Biden Flipped the Mood at Trump Headquarters

first_imgBut by Wednesday, several White House officials and outside advisers said they were hopeful, but not particularly optimistic, that Mr. Trump’s legal challenges in several states would be able to change the trajectory of the race. The president himself tweeted a suggestion that “a large number of secretly dumped ballots” had cost him Michigan, a message Twitter quickly labeled misleading. Mr. Kushner was making calls, looking for what he described as a “James Baker-like” figure who could lead the legal effort to dispute the tabulations in different states, according to a person briefed on the discussions. (Mr. Baker led George W. Bush’s successful recount case in 2000.) The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was working out of the campaign headquarters in Virginia. Another son, Eric Trump, whose wife, Lara, has been heavily involved in campaign activities, spoke at a news conference in Philadelphia, alongside former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.“They’re not letting poll watchers watch the polls,” a visibly angry Eric Trump said, in a baseless attempt to cast doubt on the ballot counting still ongoing in Pennsylvania. Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, also made the groundless assertion that the election in Pennsylvania was being stolen. He also floated the idea of a “national lawsuit” about allegations of fraud, but it was not clear what that meant.For all of the president’s superstitions, and his attempts to surround himself with the team that helped lead him to victory four years ago, he found himself in a far weaker position this time. In the final weeks before Election Day, Mr. Kushner reassembled a group of people who had been involved in Mr. Trump’s first campaign, including the former White House deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, to work with Mr. Miller and others on the final weeks of spending on television.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img But others defended the early spending by Mr. Parscale, who among other things had focused on increasing the president’s turnout with Latino voters, who ended up being a key part of his support in Florida.On Wednesday, the president’s family was heavily involved in efforts to question the validity of the vote tallies. Mr. Trump had joked at a rally that if he lost, he would never speak to any of his adult children again.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Tony Adams admits he and Lauren ‘didn’t like’ each other at Arsenal

first_imgTony Adams admits he and Lauren ‘didn’t like’ each other at Arsenal Lauren and Adams were reunited at Portsmouth in 2007 (Picture: Getty)Lauren and Adams were reunited on the south coast in 2007 when the former completed a move from Arsenal to Portsmouth.Adams was Portsmouth’s assistant manager at the time and was appointed full-time boss in 2008 when Harry Redknapp left the club to join Tottenham.Lauren has since revealed how he wanted to leave Pompey following Redknapp’s departure and criticised the way Adams behaved as manager.‘You want me to tell you the truth? I didn’t want to play with Tony as manager,’ the ex-Cameroon full-back told Stadium Astro last year.‘I didn’t play many games and he was the manager after Harry, so I said to Tony, “Listen, I need to play so people can see I’m not injured otherwise I’m going to move. Put me on the pitch and people will see I have no problem”.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Tony said, “Yes, leave it with me” and I was still waiting for it.‘By the time he took over, I didn’t want to play in that team. That’s the reality.‘I think being a captain of your team, being team-mates, I would have reacted in a different way.‘If he was a team-mate, he should have said “I’ll do everything I can”. It’s not the right way to behave.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil’s agent denies Arsenal star has been ‘dumped’ by AdidasMORE: Tony Adams claims Arsenal legend was late for training ‘every single day’ Comment Advertisement Adams and Lauren had their differences at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Talking to The Micky & Woody Show, Adams explained how it was ‘lucky’ he managed to ‘clean’ himself up as it meant he was far better at dealing with characters like Lauren, a player he found difficult following his arrival from Mallorca.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I realised that the make-up of the dressing room is all different and we had a lot of foreigners come into the game in our time, different cultures and different languages,’ the former Arsenal and England centre-half said.‘It’s lucky I did clean up and get a bit of recovery because if I’d put that animal back into that with all those people I would have just come up against it all the time.‘We had a full-back from Africa, Lauren. He was African Footballer of the Year, an awesome player and he just didn’t like me and I didn’t like him but we’ve got to get a working relationship and luckily I had someone else to talk to that I actually worked this thing through and was able to work for myself to stay free and to go: “Okay, this is it!”‘I’m not going to go for a cup of tea with him and we’re not talking now. But at the time I needed a working relationship with the guy, I needed to interact with him, I needed to communicate with him in some way.’ Advertisement Arsenal legend Tony Adams admits he didn’t get on with Lauren (Picture: Getty)Tony Adams has revealed how he learned to adapt to different personalities in the dressing room towards the end of his time at Arsenal and admits he and Lauren had to forge a ‘working relationship’ despite not liking each other.The legendary defender, regarded as one of the finest footballers in the Gunners’ history, was club captain from 1988 right up until his retirement and saw hundreds of players come and go across his 22-year career.Arsene Wenger took over the reins in 1996, the year Adams publicly announced he was battling with alcoholism, and the former centre-back and often credited the Frenchman with helping him on his road to recovery. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jun 2020 11:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Lauren spent six years with the north London giants (Picture: Getty)According to Adams, it later became clear that Lauren’s stand-offish nature may have been as a result of his partner being in poor health.He continued: ‘I realised later on that his wife was having a really bad time. ‘I think she was really ill and you go, “Oh, Jesus Christ! I thought he was just a miserable so-and-so!”‘But you don’t communicate this stuff and you see this guy walking around, arrogant and detached from the group, and you can come to judgements that are not true.’last_img read more

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How to go from ‘just friends’ to something more

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships How to go from ‘just friends’ to something more by: – November 22, 2011 78 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Pretty much everyone has had a close friend who’s fantastic, funny, always there when you need a sympathetic ear… and who also makes our heart do little flips and wonder “What if…?” True, anyone who’s watched a Hollywood rom-com knows that getting passionate with a pal is a tricky endeavor. But if it works, it’s also totally romantic. So if your buddy’s been on your mind all too often of late and you want to see if you can be more than just friends, read on for some step-by-step advice from relationship experts and real people on how to proceed without losing your dignity — or the friendship.Step 1: Look before you leapThe most important thing you should do before you act is this: think! You absolutely might be on the verge of something wonderful, but then again, it could be a fleeting moment of loneliness or lust that leads you astray. “I have had a few friendships that could have been something more at one time, but I always try to let that first impulse pass,” says Jennifer of Brooklyn, NY. “If it is meant to be, that feeling will happen again. If it was a passing fancy, then there will be no awkward conversation over what happened ‘that night.’”While waiting for repeated waves of more-than-friendly feelings is a wise idea, you should also ask yourself this: Why haven’t you dated this person before? “Sometimes it’s simply because you met when one of you was involved in a relationship or something else equally distracting, like writing a doctoral dissertation, caring for an older parent or whatever life puts on your plate,” says Joni Mantell, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in New York City. If that was the case and the hurdle has since disappeared, then it might be the right time to redefine your relationship. If, on the other hand, you two have had windows of opportunity to get closer in the past and passed them up, then maybe it was for good reason. The bottom line is, figuring out what’s triggered your change of heart is crucial. “It might be because your friend comes through for you in a crisis like no one in your life ever has, and this makes you realize how special this person is to you,” says Mantell. If that’s the case, does that necessarily mean a romantic relationship is in the cards? Another possibility is that you have given some thought to your patterns in relationships (in therapy, or by yourself), and you realize you would rather date a “nice” man or woman instead of the more exciting, dangerous prospects you were pursuing before. “In other words, you are growing up and letting go of old baggage,” says Mantell. That’s a good reason to seriously consider giving this a shot.Step 2: Test the watersSo you’ve decided that your emotions are the real deal… but what about your friend’s feelings? Are you two on the same page, or is the object of your affection blissfully unaware that you two could click romantically? To determine the answer, ask yourself these questions: Are you the first person he or she shares good (or bad) news with, and vice versa? Is this person jealous or critical of your dates and previous partners? Is your friend possessive about spending time with you alone rather than while along with others? Does he or she compliment you as a date would (i.e., “You look beautiful in that dress” or “Man, you’re looking handsome today”)? Is the amount of time you spend together increasing? A “yes” response to several of these questions could mean the attraction is indeed mutual.You can also try dropping hints, which can not only help you gauge the person’s reaction — it also plants a mental seed in case he or she hasn’t yet entertained the thought of coupledom with you for a partner. Laurie Puhn, J.D., author of Instant Persuasion: How To Change Your Words And Change Your Life, suggests trying something like: “You know, I date… but none of the people I go out with really compare to you,” or “I was talking to Jane the other night and when she bumped into us she thought we were on a date. Isn’t that funny?” “If the other person says something like ‘Yeah, I was thinking that, too. It does seem like we’re dating,’ or if he or she smiles, it’s a good reaction,” says Puhn. If the person looks uncomfortable or changes the topic, that’s not a good sign — but since your comment was so innocuous, it should easily blow over quickly.Step 3: Make your moveYou’re pretty sure the sparks are there on both sides… now what? Should you lunge in for a lip-lock the next time you’re together and pray your pal doesn’t recoil in horror? Understandably, that prospect can be terrifying — so consider a more subtle move, like taking his or her arm or reaching for a hand during a movie or while walking around together. It’s so innocent that the person won’t likely pull away, and it’ll help your pal get more comfortable with getting closer. “You may have been thinking about this for a year, but your friend may have only been trying to process the idea for 30 minutes,” says Puhn. “Remember that everything in this transition can’t happen in one evening!”Bashful types might also consider this stealthy move: “Say, ‘I wonder what it would be like if we were dating,’” suggests Mantell. “This style of musing and imagining is good for a safe but playful start, which could lead to a kiss or a conversation about you two dating at the very least.” If he or she does say “Let’s just be friends,” Mantell suggests that you be ready to provide reassurance that it’s OK with you. But recognize that there is always the possibility things may be weird after that. If you decide you can still hang out together, you can alleviate your buddy’s discomfort (and your own) by talking about other people you’re interested in, whether that’s some new coworker or a cutie you saw online.Step 4: Steam things upIt happened; you two are kissing! While it might be nice to think that you’ll click instantly since you know each other so well, familiarity also can work against you. “The first contact might be awkward,” says Mantell. “Our society is more accustomed to romances built on pure fantasy, and that is harder to do with a friend.” Mantell urges that transitioning couples shouldn’t give up right away if the chemistry is off. “Acknowledge the uneasiness, make a joke by saying something like, ‘Well, we know each other too well to be relaxed.’” Another option is to promise each other you’ll go really slowly until you get used to this new way of interacting.One major caveat: while sharing a kiss doesn’t have to mean you two are officially an item, the fact that you’re already so close as friends can raise your romantic expectations. So whether you’re interested in pursuing a serious relationship with this person or just out to satisfy your curiosity and keep things casual, it’s crucial that you communicate your expectations and hopes — and have a handle on the other person’s — before getting too hot and heavy. Just say, “I’m really attracted to you, but want to make sure we’re on the same page so nobody’s feelings get hurt…” and explain your stance from there. You two may forge ahead even if you don’t see eye-to-eye, but at least it’s on the table. Everyone you start dating deserves that much, but friends especially do, don’t you think?Step 5: Announce your new statusIf you two do seem to be hitting it off, you may wonder whether to make your budding relationship public — after all, you may be excited, worried, or otherwise dying to talk about it with someone other than the pal you have feelings for! But breaking the news also requires some caution. The rule of thumb here is to find out how your new amour feels about it and always defer to the wishes of the more private party. Keep in mind that as soon as you involve other friends and family, there will be more pressure on your evolving relationship — so it’s OK to give yourselves time to adjust.Also keep in mind that there’s a difference between keeping your relationship private and keeping it a secret. In other words, you may want to let certain people in on the news — especially those who feel close to you both. Those are the people who might feel deceived or left out if they learn your coupled-up status later on. In those instances, one of you (both people doing the talking may feel like you’re ganging up on the person) should take that individual aside and say, “You know how John/Jane and I hang out all the time? We kind of both realized that we liked each other, and now we’re dating.” Answer hsi or her questions, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t spill all the details; when in doubt, ask yourself: “Would I talk about that if my new partner were in this room?” If the answer is no, keep your lip zipped.Also recognize that while you may try to be discreet, people will probably start getting an inkling that something has shifted — and it can be damaging to deny it, says Joyce Catlett, coauthor of Fear of Intimacy. “Don’t try to hide the status of your new relationship by holding back physical expressions of your tenderness and affection when other people are around,” says Catlett. “Protecting yourself this way can have negative consequences and can make you feel more self-conscious or awkward, even during those times when the two of you are alone.” The bottom line is, you and your pal-turned-partner should be ecstatic that you’ve found a soul mate so close to home. Who cares if you’re fodder for the gossip mill for awhile?By Kimberly Dawn NeumannYAHOO Dating Tips and Advicelast_img read more

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Agenda set for CARICOM heads meeting in St Kitts-Nevis in July

first_imgNewsRegional Agenda set for CARICOM heads meeting in St Kitts-Nevis in July by: – June 4, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Flags of the CARICOM member states. Photo credit: CaribanaBASSETERRE, St Kitts — The agenda has been set by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers for the thirty-second regular meeting of CARICOM Heads scheduled for St Kitts and Nevis in July, which will be chaired by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas.The twenty-eighth meeting of the CARICOM Council of Ministers saw economic integration, free trade and movement of persons, foreign policy coordination human and social development meeting and security cooperation consideration on the roster of issues to be appraised.Speaking to members of the press at CARICOM headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, Grenadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Export Development and the Environment, Karl Hood, said many of the issues tabled are of relevance to the community and follow requests made by leaders at their last retreat.He said security of the people in the region continues to be among the priority topics that require fast tracking including the development of a regional health agency in the name of CAPA (Caribbean Public Health Agency), the implementation of which awaits the signature of all countries. It is hoped that all CARICOM heads will affix their signatures as many have already done.Hood said consideration has also been given to supporting the crisis stricken island of Haiti, through a waiver of levy requirements on trade and visa requirements for national nationals.Asked about his predictions about the issue of integration making headway at the upcoming CARICOM Heads meeting, Hood acknowledged that its full implementation has been lacking in some regard even though its importance is fully known.“We do have some measure of freedom at this point in time. Some of our countries have to bring their laws into line with what we are trying to do and that process has been a bit slow but it is coming on more and more,” Hood said.During the two-day CARICOM Heads retreat leaders recognised that the process towards full implementation of the single economy would take longer than anticipated and as a result agreed to pause and consolidate the gains of the Single Market before taking any further action on certain specific elements of the Single Economy, such as the creation of a single currency.Nevertheless, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the movement of skilled community nationals and all the related decisions previously taken in that regard. Recalling their mandate to the Inter-Governmental Task Force to negotiate a Protocol on Contingent Rights in respect of those rights which were agreed, they underscored the need for certainty and transparency in according such rights.Hood told the media that the ultimate objective is to realize the dream of a Caribbean that affords residents the right to move freely but believes that the uniqueness of some member states would cause views and perspectives on the issue to differ.“One country may feel that we don’t want to go that was too fast and another country would say ‘yes we need to go,’ so it has taken quite a lot of diplomacy and working out to come to some agreement,” Hood said.Passionate about the implementation of the integration within the region, Guyana’s President Jagdeo remarked at the opening ceremony of the 30th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference that “if we are to remain apace and compete in today’s world, we must also be extremely vigilant in preserving popular faith in the cause of our integration effort.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Three jointly charged for robbery of McMillan’s Filling Station

first_img 366 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Elio Edwards, Leon Toussaint and Telford George (L – R) leaving the Magistrate’s Court to be transported to the State Prison in StockfarmElio Edwards and Leon Toussaint of Pointe Michel and Telford Kerry Ursan George of Stockfarm were this morning jointly charged for the robbery of McMillan’s’ Filling Station on Castle Street at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.The accused were charged for the theft of $3325.06 from Wendy Baron an employee of McMillan’s Filling Station on the 20th of October, 2011 but did not have to plead to the charges based on the nature of the offenses.The Police Prosecutor Inspector Laudat objected to bail, explaining to the Court that the police investigation into the matter is still incomplete as only $225.00 of the amount stolen has been recovered and the defendants could interfere with the witnesses.Leon Toussaint and Telford Kerry Ursan George who are represented by Attorney at Law David Bruney in defending his clients told the Court that the police has been investigating the matter since the 20th of October and that with holding bail is a serious matter as it is a constitutional right.Mr Bruney further argued that his clients could not interfere with the witnesses when disclosure has not been made by the police and therefore his clients cannot know who these witnesses are.David Bruney also told Inspector Laudat that if the money has not yet been recovered it is very unlikely that it will be difficult to recover after so many days and if convicted the defendants will have to pay the amount.Elio Edwards at the front, Leon Toussaint in the red shirt hiding his face, and Telford George at the back in Green also hiding his face.Magistrate Ossie Lewis after having listened to both sides of the arguments ruled that bail had been denied but will be re-visited within seven days on the 7th of November, 2011. Telford Kerry Ursan George pleaded with Magistrate Lewis stating that he is a student of the Dominica State College and he made a mistake because of financial difficulties. He also asked the Magistrate to re-visit the bail issue before the seven days as he would like to resume his classes.Magistrate Lewis told the accused that he should have thought of the consequences of his actions and that he would not make any special accommodations for him.The Preliminary Inquiry has been scheduled for the 6th of February, 2011.Meantime Telford Kerry Ursan George was separately charged for possession of 37 grams of cocaine and intent to supply cocaine on the 25th of October, 2011 at Newtown.He pleaded guilty to the charge of possession and not guilty to the charge of intent to supply cocaine.That trial will commence on the 20th of April, 2012.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Three jointly charged for robbery of McMillan’s Filling Station by: – October 28, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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IHSAA Executive Committee Approves Third Soccer Classification

first_imgThe IHSAA Executive Committee approved adding a third classification based on school enrollment to the boys and girls soccer state tournaments at its monthly meeting in Indianapolis this morning.The group approved the request by a 17‐2 count which becomes effective immediately.In a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys head coaches and girls head coaches and a response by 806 individuals, 581 (72.1%) favored the additional class.Last fall, 299 boys teams and 266 girls teams entered the state tournaments and more are expected for next season. Both sports have been in a two‐class format since 2011 and were in a single class structure from 1994‐2010.On Monday, the IHSAA announced the newest enrollment figures that will be used to classify schools in team sports for the 2017‐18, 2018‐19 school years. Later this month, those classifications, including boys and girls soccer, will be released. The new sectional assignments will be announced in May.last_img read more

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