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EAST LANSING, Mich.  – May 20 – Eight student-athletes who will be juniors at their schools during the 2011-12 academic year have been selected to serve a two-year term on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council.

The Student Advisory Council is a 16-member group which provides feedback on issues impacting educational athletics from a student’s perspective, and is also involved in the operation of Association championship events and other programming.  Members of the Student Advisory Council serve for 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-to-be  appointed a year ago.

Selected to begin serving on the Student Advisory Council in 2011-12 are:  Abigail Radomsky, Kalamazoo Hackett;  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 Student Advisory Council will meet five times each school year.  In addition to assisting in the promotion of the educational value of interscholastic athletics, the council will discuss 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 will also be a fifth S discussed by the group -- student leadership.

The new additions to the SAC will join the Class of 2012 member who were selected a year ago:  Kevin Beazley, Detroit Catholic Central; Maria Buczkowski, Detroit Country Day;  Travis Clous, Benzie Central; Alissa Jones, Muskegon Catholic Central; Lena Madison, New Buffalo; Bailey Truesdell, Grand Blanc; Emily Wee, Frankenmuth; and Tyler Wilson, Rudyard.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 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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