IHSAA: Eighteen to serve on Student Advisory Committee in 2012-13
August 6, 2012By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Hoosier Authority
Eighteen high school student-athletes from across Indiana will begin the school year as members of the 2012-13 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee.
The SAC represents the entire IHSAA membership of 407 schools and mirrors that of the IHSAA Board of Directors in terms of classification and districts as well as female, urban schools, and minority representation.
Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes who attended the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in June. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected for interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee, Executive Staff, and returning members of the SAC. From those 20 interviews, nine are invited to join the new group.
Nine seniors return for a second year with the committee, while nine juniors will take part for the first time. Among the returning seniors are Ally Stein of Hamilton Southeastern and Anthony Douglas II of South Bend Washington, who were elected as president and vice-president, respectively, by their peers for the school year.
The list of individuals who will serve as part of this year’s committee (all juniors unless noted by asterisk):
- Hayley Betz, Evansville Harrison
- Josh Clark, Perry Meridian*
- Amber Cowell, Culver Academies
- Nathan Criss, South Putnam
- Anthony Douglas II (Vice-President), South Bend Washington*
- Alex Dunn, Jay County*
- Tessa Faulkens, North Central (Indianapolis)*
- William Kelly, Lakeland
- Shelby Merder, Jasper*
- Mac Norton, Mooresville*
- Brynn Olinger, Plainfield*
- Turner Perkins, Danville
- Sara Slabaugh, Bremen
- Ellen Smith, Plymouth
- Kirsten Spangenberg, Boone Grove
- Ally Stein (President), Hamilton Southeastern*
- Taylor Turchi, North Vermillion*
- Casey Yager, Rushville
The IHSAA began sponsoring the Student Advisory Committee in 2001-02 to give the group of student-athletes hands-on experience and a voice to the IHSAA Executive Committee and staff.
The SAC meets four times annually – twice each semester – and is responsible for hosting meetings with student peers at the upcoming Fall Area Principals Meetings, assisting with the awards ceremonies at IHSAA state championship events throughout the school year, and planning and administering the annual IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in June.
Other SAC functions include the development of an IHSAA Captain’s Handbook, which will be distributed to member schools this fall, as well as assisting in the creation of multiple public service announcements addressing good sporting behavior, which will be utilized during 2012-13 state championships events.