IHSAA News Release

September 1, 2009

Eighteen high school student-athletes from across Indiana have been chosen to represent the 2009-10 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) which begins its ninth year this fall.

The IHSAA recognizes the importance of an exchange of ideas with those most directly affected and this group of students serves as a voice to the Association staff while also gaining hands-on experience with the organization that works to serve their needs.

The 2009-10 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee consists of:

Name Grade School
Kristy Baldwin 12 Angola
Meagan Barron 11 Plymouth
Krista Beaman 12 Rushville
Kelsey Carr 11 Muncie Burris
Alison Curtis 11 Lebanon
Michelle Fites 12 Shenandoah
Robert Hawthorne 11 Indianapolis Crispus Attucks
Hope Jordan 11 Bremen
Tazree Kadam 11 Fishers
Nick Kolar 11 Fort Wayne Canterbury
Whitney Malin 12 Wood Memorial
Natalie Newton** 12 Harrison (West Lafayette)
Jesse Ramer 12 Bethany Christian
Sam Rumbach 11 Jasper
Scott Smyth 11 Warsaw
Kyle Whitten* 12 Boonville
Claire Williams 12 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

* President
** Secretary

The SAC represents the entire IHSAA membership of 411 schools, and its structure mirrors that of the IHSAA Board of Directors in class, district, and diversity. Individuals who attend the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference each June are chosen by IHSAA staff, the Board of Directors and current SAC members.

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.

One of the SAC’s newest functions includes a state-wide joint effort with IHSAA corporate sponsor Red Gold to determine which schools promote and demonstrate sportsmanship and student leadership most effectively. Two schools from a list of finalists in each season (fall, winter and spring) will receive a $2,000 cash award from Red Gold.

The students also will begin to create multiple public service announcements addressing good sporting behavior which will be utilized during 2009-10 state championships events.

The following statement was formulated by the first Student Advisory Committee in 2001 outlining its role as an IHSAA advisory group:

The Student Advisory Committee is a diverse, dynamic group of student-athletes focused on providing a means of education and communication for its constituency. The group serves as a conduit between student-athletes, administrators, and the Executive Committee of the IHSAA. The Student Advisory Committee promotes all standing ideals of the IHSAA, including leadership, sportsmanship and integrity.

2009-10 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee

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