Student Advisory Council Names Members From Class of 2021

EAST LANSING, Mich. – May 3 – 

Eight student-athletes who will be juniors at their schools during the 2019-20 academic year have been selected to serve two-year terms 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 also is 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 2019-20 are: Pierre Brooks II, Detroit Douglass; Macy Brown, Cadillac; Lydia Davenport, Ithaca; Freddy Kopplow, Traverse City St Francis; Colin McAuliffe, Salem; Avery Peters, Mason; Abigail Pheiffer, Novi; and Landen Thompson, Stevensville Lakeshore.

The first Student Advisory Council was formed for the 2006-07 school year. With the addition of this class beginning this summer, members will have represented 110 schools from 45 leagues plus independent schools that do not play in a league. Combined, the new appointees have participated in 12 MHSAA sports, and all eight will be the first SAC members from their respective schools.

The Student Advisory Council meets seven 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 selected the 2018-19 “Battle of the Fans VIII” champion and presented Sportsmanship Summits in front of more than 1,000 students from across the state, handed out championship trophies at Finals events and provided feedback to the MHSAA Representative Council on proposed rule changes.

The new additions to the SAC will join the Class of 2020 members who were selected a year ago: Grace Beardsley, Gladwin; Kaitlyn Bricker, Pellston; Nathan Eccles, Port Huron Northern; Jack Fairman, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Alexis Mohney, Mattawan; Trevin Phillips, Caro; Bella Lindsay, North Muskegon; and Lance Wiltse, Bay City Western.

Student Advisory Council Applications Now Being Accepted

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is seeking student-athletes to become members of its Student Advisory Council beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

Class of 2021 SAC Application: WordPDF 

All-Time Listing of Student Advisory Council Members  

Four boys and four girls from the Class of 2021 will be selected to two-year terms, and will meet on matters related to maintaining and promoting a proper perspective and sensible scope for high school sports in Michigan. Eight members from the Class of 2020 already are serving on the Council, while eight members of the Class of 2019 are leaving the Council this spring.

To be eligible for the committee, candidates must

  • be a member of the Class of 2021
  • complete the official application including answering the three short-answer questions
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a school administrator, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • be available for all scheduled meetings

In addition, candidates should show a history of leadership on athletic teams as well as with other extracurricular activities, community service projects, or in the workplace; and show an understanding of the role of school sports and have ideas for promoting a proper perspective for educational athletics.

Applications are due in the MHSAA office by 4:30 p.m. on April 24. Applications can be downloaded, filled out on the computer or handwritten, and returned to the MHSAA office by e-mail, fax or any mail delivery service.

Class of 2021 SAC Application: Word | PDF

The Student Advisory Council meets seven 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. A fifth S – student leadership – is also a common topic. Members contribute in planning Sportsmanship Summits, Captains Clinics and other student leadership events, and assist with medal ceremonies at MHSAA championship events. The Council also judges the “Battle of the Fans,” which it created as a way to promote positive sportsmanship.

Newly-chosen members will join the following from the Class of 2020: Jack Fairman, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Trevin Phillips, Caro; Grace Beardsley, Gladwin; Lexi Mohney, Mattawan; Bella Lindsay, North Muskegon; Kaitln Bricker, Pellston; Nathan Eccles, Port Huron Northern and Lance Wiltse, Bay City Western.

The eight new members of the Student Advisory Council will be notified by May 3. The 2019-20 meetings are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 25, Oct. 6, Dec. 8, Feb. 16, April 19 and May 17. Meetings will take place at the MHSAA Office in East Lansing. Two conference call meetings will be held on Jan. 12 and Jan. 26.

For more information, contact Andy Frushour at the MHSAA – 517-332-5046 or

Online Captains Course Teaches Students Nationwide

The valuable lessons student leaders have received over the last decade during Captains Clinics presented statewide by Michigan High School Athletic Association staff are now available to students nationwide and beyond as part of an online Captains Course produced by the MHSAA and available from the National Federation of State High School Associations on its Learning Center website..

The Captains Course, created over two years with assistance from Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS), is broken into 10 segments providing instruction on leadership styles and skills to how to handle situations faced by leaders of teams in any sport. A total of 20 past members of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council speak during the program, providing peer-to-peer guidance that has proven effective in student leadership campaigns.

Click Here for Story on MHSAA Second Half | Click Here for the CourseCoach Facilitator Guide

Student Advisory Council Featured on FOX Sports Detroit

The MHSAA Student Advisory Council was recently featured on STATE CHAMPS!  Check it out!

Student Advisory Council Belief Statement

 Adopted Nov. 2007

As the voice of Michigan’s student-athletes, the Student Advisory Council’s role is to convey the message of how high school sports are supposed to be played.  We are responsible for helping the MHSAA maintain a positive and healthy atmosphere in which interscholastic athletes can thrive.

We believe athletes should be competitive, sportsmanlike and excel academically.  We believe students in the stands should have fun, but not take the focus away from the game.  We believe coaches should act as teachers, helping student-athletes develop while still keeping high school sports in perspective.  We believe that parents should always be positive role models and be supportive of their child’s decisions.  We believe officials commit their own time to high school sports and respect should always be shown and given to them.

The most important goal for student-athletes is to enjoy high school sports while keeping a high level of respect between all those involved in the games.

- Written by the Student Advisory Council, adopted by MHSAA Representative Council in Nov. 2007

Blog From The Executive Director -- "Sounding Board"

From the May 11, 2010, blog of MHSAA Executive Director, Jack Roberts...

We recently announced the newest class to join the MHSAA Student Advisory Council.  These eight sophomores join the eight juniors who return next year and who together will provide direct feedback to MHSAA staff during 2010-11 regarding policies, procedures and programs at the local, regional and statewide levels.

In addition to meeting four times during the school year in the MHSAA office, the SAC members participate at MHSAA meetings and tournaments around our state throughout the school year.  We thought we might be asking too much of these very busy people – their meetings here are on Sundays – but they’ve asked to meet even more often so they can put more time into their work on our behalf.  I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, as these students were recommended by their schools as leaders; and that they are.

My time with the students is usually spent in discussion.  I ask questions for awhile, and then they turn it around and ask me questions.  I like to ask what they especially do and don’t like about school sports, and they seem to like asking me why certain things are done certain ways at the MHSAA level, or they ask me what I can do about some local issues that concern them.

When I was raising two bright, active high schoolers in my own home, I had a natural feel for what was happening in and around school sports.  Now the Student Advisory Council provides me a lot of what I’m missing.