2012-05-10 / Community

Ryan named to Student Advisory Council


Sophmore Coby Ryan pictured competing in the 300-meter hurdles will serve on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council for the 2012-13 academic year. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Sophmore Coby Ryan pictured competing in the 300-meter hurdles will serve on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council for the 2012-13 academic year. Pioneer Tribune photo EAST LANSING – Eight student athletes who will be juniors at their schools during the 2012-13 academic year have been selected to serve a two-year term on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council.

Selected to begin serving on the Student Advisory Council in 2012- 13 are: Coby Ryan, Manistique; Ryan Fischer, Grandville; Emileigh Ferguson, Bear Lake; Kristen Law, Bloomfield Hills Andover; Madeleine Martindale, Lake Orion; Kiersten Mead, Saginaw Swan Valley; Zachary Nine, Pinconning; and Hayden Smith, Hamilton.

The Student Advisory Council is a 16-member group which provides feedback on issues impacting educational athletics from a student’s perspective. The council is also involved in the operation of Association championship events and other programming. Members of the Student Advisory Council serve two years, beginning as juniors. Eight new members are selected annually to serve on the SAC, with nominations made by MHSAA member schools. The incoming juniors will join the group of eight seniors-tobe appointed a year ago.

The first Student Advisory Council was formed for the 2006-07 school year. Members have represented 48 schools from 29 leagues plus independent schools that do not play in a league. Combined, the new appointees have participated in 14 MHSAA sports, and all eight will be the first SAC members from their respective schools.

The Student Advisory Council meets six times each school year, and once more for a 24-hour leadership camp. In addition to assisting in the promotion of the educational value of interscholastic athletics, the council discusses issues dealing with the 4 S’s of educational athletics: scholarship, sportsmanship, safety (including health and nutrition) and the sensible scope of athletic programs. There also is a fifth S discussed by the group -- student leadership.

This school year, the Council created and also judged the inaugural “Battle of the Fans” contest as a way to promote positive sportsmanship.

The new additions to the SAC will join the Class of 2013 members who were selected a year ago: Abigail Radomsky, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central; Matthew Freeman, Owosso; Carly Joseph, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Ellesse Lehman, Portland St. Patrick; Kyle Short, Rockford; Evan Lamb, Rogers City; Thye Fischman, Vandercook Lake; and Taylor Krumm, Walled Lake Central.

The MHSAA is a private, notfor profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.

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