Valparaiso High School Sends Representative to IHSAA Student Advisory Committee

By: Indiana High School Athletic Association Last Updated: August 26, 2010

Eighteen high school student-athletes from across Indiana will begin the school year as members of the 2010-11 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC).

The SAC represents the entire IHSAA membership of 409 schools, and its structure mirrors that of the IHSAA Board of Directors.

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 Plymouth’s Meagen Barron who was elected president for 2010-11 by her peers and Bremen’s Hope Jordan who will serve as secretary.

Individuals who will serve as part of this year’s committee include:

Name Grade School
Meagen Barron* 12 Plymouth
Jessica Brown 11 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
Kelsey Carr 12 Muncie Burris
Alison Curtis 12 Lebanon
Isaac Gilkey 11 Evansville North Robert Hawthorne 12 Indianapolis Crispus Attucks
Robert Jackson 11 Decatur Central
Hope Jordan** 12 Bremen
Tazree Kadam 12 Fishers
Katie Kaufman 11 Indianapolis Cathedral
Nick Kolar 12 Fort Wayne Canterbury
Tyler Mills 11 Center Grove
Abbie Newton 11 Harrison (West Lafayette)
Abby Rogers 11 Bloomington North Sam Rumbach 12 Jasper
Nathan Smith 11 Muncie Central
Scott Smyth 12 Warsaw
Gregory Thome 11 Valparaiso
*President **Secretary

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 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 2010-11 state championships events.