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Local duo to be honored at Women in Sports Day event

ST. PAUL -- A pair of local women will be recognized at an award ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Retired Bemidji State professor Donna K. Palivec and Kelliher High School teacher Carly Norman will be among those recognized at an award ceremony conducted in conjunction with the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a nationwide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of individuals in the promotion and advancement of girls and women’s sports.

Palivec, who retired from BSU in 2016, will receive a Special Merit Award.

After spending time at North Dakota State and Montana State, Palivec arrived in Bemidji in 1994 where she made an immediate impact on the volleyball program and served as the physical education department chair. During her eight-year tenure, the Beavers finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference twice and compiled 119 wins. Palivec finished her career among the top 15 active NCAA volleyball coaches with 484 wins. She is a hall of famer at both NDSU and BSU and with the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches.

Norman, who has served Kelliher High School as a teacher, coach and role model for 15 years, will be the recipient of a Breaking Barriers Award.

During her time, Norman has coached multiple sports and her dedication has raised participation in the small district to 60 girls in volleyball and basketball. In addition to impacting sports, Norman raises money each year to take girls on a math and science weekend at NDSU.