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 2017-18 school year.

Class of 2019 SAC Application: WordPDF

Four boys and four girls from the Class of 2019 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 2018 already are serving on the Council, while eight members of the Class of 2017 are leaving the Council this spring.

To be eligible for the committee, candidates must

  • be a member of the Class of 2019
  • 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 19. 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 2019 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 during the 2011-12 school year as a way to promote positive sportsmanship.

Newly-chosen members will join the following from the Class of 2018: Sydney Hanson, Alma; Jordan Tirico, Ann Arbor Skyline; Danny deForest, Holland West Ottawa; Darby Dean, Lowell; Rachel Cummings, Mayville; Grace Reetz, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart; Aaron Fahmer, Owendale-Gagetown; and Hunter Gandee, Temperance Bedford.

The eight new members of the Student Advisory Council will be notified by April 28. The 2017-18 meetings are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 27, Oct. 8, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 11, April 22 and May 20. Meetings will take place at the MHSAA Office in East Lansing.

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

Student Advisory Council Names Members From Class of 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – May 2 – Eight student-athletes who will be juniors at their schools during the 2016-17 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 2016-17 are: Sydney Hanson, Alma; Jordan Tirico, Ann Arbor Skyline; Danny deForest, Holland West Ottawa; Darby Dean, Lowell; Rachel Cummings, Mayville; Grace Reetz, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart; Aaron Fahrner, Owendale-Gagetown; and Hunter Gandee, Temperance Bedford.

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 87 schools from 44 leagues plus independent schools that do not play in a league. Combined, the new appointees have participated in 13 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 judged the fifth “Battle of the Fans” after creating the contest during 2011-12 as a way to promote positive sportsmanship. The Council also began updating the “Captains 101” leadership guide that was published in 2009 and has been distributed throughout Michigan and also, by request, to other states and internationally.

The new additions to the SAC will join the Class of 2017 members who were selected a year ago: Alex Janosi, Dexter; Lindsay Duca, East Grand Rapids; Meghan Boyd, Kent City; Marissa Immel, Munising; Jordan Walker, Muskegon Mona Shores; Jack Donnelly, Ottawa Lake Whiteford; Van Nguyen, Plymouth; and Cade Smeznik, Yale.

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.

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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

Student Advisory Council Publishes Team Captain's Guide

(Click on graphic to see sample page.)

EAST LANSING, Mich.  –  The Michigan High School Athletic Association created its Student Advisory Council four years ago to serve not only as the voice of high school student-athletes in the state, but also as a service arm of the organization.  This month, the Council again provides leadership to its peers with the release of a publication written by its members and aimed at sports team captains.Captains 101

Captains 101 – A Curriculum For Success, is a 24-page booklet designed for team captains to prepare them for their leadership role.  The publication will encourage team captains in the proper way to communicate ideas with team members and others.

The book contains seven units – What Is A Team Captain?; Relationship With Your Coach; Relationship With Your Team; Relationship With Other Groups; Team Building; Start A Student Advisory Council At Your School; and a Self-Assessment unit.  Each unit challenges team captains to take action in a way that helps set the tone for a successful educational athletic experience.

“A team captain gets thrust in their leadership role, and they don’t always know how to embrace it,” said Andy Frushour, the MHSAA’s Marketing and Special Program Coordinator who works with the Student Advisory Council.  “Captains 101 offers some general thoughts on being a team captain and how to become an effective leader.”

Student Advisory Council members from the Classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011 contributed to the publication.  From the Class of 2009:  Abby Cohen, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood; Willie Cruz, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Michelle DeMuro, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer; Adam Dingman, Cedarville; Matt Herman, East Kentwood; Molly Lockwood, Fife Lake Forest Area; Jeff Petsch, Montague; and C.C. Weber, Goodrich.  From the Class of 2010:  Mackenzie Lawler, Okemos; Andrea McIntosh, Ann Arbor Greenhills; Elyse McKenna, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Ryan Moore, Central Lake; Taylor Schultz, Richland Gull Lake; Nicole Trevarthen, Iron Mountain; Alex Van Tiem, Detroit U-D Jesuit; and Daniel Yats, Clare.   From the Class of 2011:  Alexa Bean, Livonia Clarenceville; Dustan Craig, Buchanan; Elizabeth Gupton, Lapeer West; Charles Hengesbach, Pewamo-Westphalia; Jay Miller, Ionia; Benjamin Olson, Troy; Amanda Smith, Bellevue; and Chloe Weaver, Climax-Scotts.

The publication, which will be distributed in quantity to each MHSAA member senior high school, was underwritten by the Ruster Advisory Board, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Michigan High School Coaches Association.

 Here are comments from some of the Student Advisory Council members about the publication:

  • Dan Yats, Clare High School: “After working for almost a year on this book, we are excited for the release and we’re hoping for a great response from the recipients.”
  • Jay Miller, Ionia High School: “Coming into this council as a new member, I wasn’t involved with this process until the editing, but I could tell how passionate the seniors were about this book, and once I read it, I could tell why.”
  • Elizabeth Gupton, Lapeer West High School:  “After all of the work that our council put into the book, I am excited to see the reaction of future readers and the change in high school captains.”

Two years ago, the Student Advisory Council created a belief statement which is shown during every MHSAA televised event on FSDetroit and the MHSAA Network.  The Council is a 16-member body made up of eight seniors and eight juniors, who each serve two year terms.  The Council acts as the voice of Michigan's student-athletes; serves as a student sounding board for the MHSAA's Representative Council; assists in planning Sportsmanship Summits, Captain's Clinics and other student leadership events; participates in a yearly focus group about the state of high schools sports for Michigan State University's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports; and assists with medal ceremonies at MHSAA championship events.  

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.