SAC Leaders Represent at NFHS Summit

By Geoff Kimmerly senior editor

August 10, 2015

New members of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council quickly find themselves among new friends from different schools who are similarly motivated to provide valuable leadership to their classmates.

Four SAC seniors were among 100 students at the inaugural National Student Leadership Summit on July 20 in Indianapolis – and again found plenty of common ground with leaders from all over the country also driven to provide strong student voices in their schools and communities.

The event was hosted over three days by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Students were split into discussion groups tackling a variety of topics and also spent time working with Indiana Special Olympians.

Now home, the MHSAA's four representatives – Ben Kowalske of Livonia Stevenson, Bekah Myler of Gaylord St. Mary, Trevor Trierweiler of Portland and Greta Wilker of Belding – reflected briefly on the experience and what they’ll take into this year to pass on both at their schools and to leaders all over Michigan.

What was your first impression of being surrounded by student leaders from all over the country?

Trevor: When I first arrived at the camp I didn't know want to expect; I did not know whether to be nervous, excited or happy. Then when I started being around other leaders with similar personalities, and mindsets, it was easy to be around them and interact with them.

Bekah: My first impression of being surrounded by leaders was that I felt comfortable and secure because I knew everyone around me had the same goal of becoming a better leader. 

Ben: At first I was wondering how well all the leaders would mix in during the activities. My first impression was how nice and respectful everyone was.

Greta: I thought it was really cool to see all the leaders from different states and know that we got to be a part of something pretty selective.

What was the most fun part of the trip?

Trevor: I had the most fun during activities with other student leaders, and in the leadership lounge. In the lounge all the student leaders spent time together playing games and enjoying fun activities.

Bekah: Walking to Steak 'n Shake after the dance with my new friends; also hanging out in my room with my roommate who I became good friends with. All in all, I enjoyed meeting new people! 

Greta: The most fun part was getting to make friends with kids from across the country and getting to hang out with them for the three days. The late night Steak 'n Shake runs were a lot of fun and just hanging out in the rooms afterwards, just getting to know everyone.

What was the most eye-opening part?

Ben: Not to sound stuck up, but the most eye-opening was how well the MHSAA SAC is doing. Most states don't even have a council, so seeing how much we do and that we have a council unlike most states was eye opening

Bekah: The Special Olympics event opened my eyes. I was able to experience something that I never have before. When I play any given game whether it be checkers or basketball, I have a desire to win. But that day, it wasn't about winning or losing. It was about giving and sharing the joy of accomplishments that so many of us take for granted. 

Greta: It was amazing how hard the athletes work and how skilled they are at the sports they play. I got to work with Nick and he was beating me badly in corn hole, but we did make a pretty good team in bocce ball.

Trevor: Seeing the smiles on the Olympians faces really made me feel special and realize how lucky I am.

What did you learn that will be most useful during your senior season, either on the field or off?

Trevor: Two really important things the counselors preached was that everyone has different perspectives. That just because it’s not your way does not mean it’s wrong; it just means someone else may have seen it differently or solved it differently.

Greta: The most useful thing I learned was about relationships with one another and how you can create a positive environment through them – and also how to be a respected leader while still being able to confront others on your team to push them.

Bekah: To be a leader, you don't have to be liked by everyone, but you must gain respect from your teammates and give them a reason to respect you through your actions on and off the field. 

Ben: Being a great leader doesn't always mean you have to be the boss or be in charge. You can lead by example by doing the little things, and people will follow you.

Trevor: Another thing that I want to bring back to my school, and teams, is that all players, and people, should be treated equally no matter what age or grade. For example, all players should be delegated (to carry) supplies, not just the freshman or underclassmen. 

What from the conference would be best to pass on to student leaders throughout the MHSAA?

Greta: I think the thing to pass on is that you can make an impact; you just have to have the confidence in yourself to do so. Leading is all about the influence you can have on people by setting a good example and believing in yourself.

Ben: Stand up for what is right and always do the right thing, because you never know who is watching. 

PHOTOS: (Top) From left, Belding's Greta Wilker, Gaylord St. Mary's Bekah Myler, the MHSAA's Andy Frushour, Livonia Stevenson's Ben Kowalske and Portland's Trevor Trierweiler attend the first-ever National Student Leadership Summit. (Middle) Kowalske and Myler pose with a Special Olympian during their activities as part of the NFHS experience. 

Performance of the Week: Northville's Helena McLellan

June 2, 2023

Helena McLellanHelena McLellan ♦ Northville
Junior ♦ Soccer

McLellan, a standout midfielder, scored twice in Northville's 3-0 win over Belleville on May 22 to clinch the overall Kensington Lakes Activities Association championship. The Mustangs earned the opportunity to play in that game by claiming the KLAA West title with an 11-0-3 record, and they're 15-0-4 heading into Saturday's Division 1 District Final against Livonia Stevenson. 

An accomplished club soccer player, McLellan chose to compete for her high school team this spring for the first time and helped Northville to a No. 2 ranking at the end of the regular season after the Mustangs finished Division 1 runner-up a year ago. Belleville was ranked No. 8 in the final coaches association poll, and McLellan followed up her goals against the Tigers with another in Northville's 3-1 District Semifinal win over Farmington Hills Mercy on Wednesday. 

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2022-23 Honorees

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May 18:
Ahava Le Febre, Holland tennis - Report
May 11:
Gracie Maloney, Macomb Dakota softball - Report
May 4:
Braxton Brann, Ann Arbor Huron track & field - Report
April 27:
Owen Patton, Vestaburg track & field - Report
April 20:
Lilly Damm, Millington softball - Report
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Larissa Huffman, Mackinaw City track & field - Report
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Darius Acuff, Detroit Cass Tech basketball - Report
March 23:
Regan Finkbeiner, Hemlock basketball - Report
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Alaina Yaney, Grand Ledge gymnastics - Report
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Braeden Davis, Dundee wrestling - Report
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Gabriel Sanchez-Burks, Ann Arbor Pioneer swimming - Report
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Grace Sobczak, Marquette swimming - Report
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Kaitlynn Demers, Gibraltar Carlson competitive cheer - Report
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Indya Davis, West Bloomfield basketball - Report
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Braydon Sorenson, Onekama skiing - Report
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Shayna Hruska, Iron Mountain wrestling - Report
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Kayla Tafanelli, Warren Woods-Tower bowling - Report
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Tuff Scott, Holton bowling - Report
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Macey Fegan, Standish-Sterling basketball - Report
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Treyton Siegert, Gladwin football - Report
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Lily Witte, Dexter diving - Report
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Navea Gauthier, Shelby volleyball - Report
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Derek Huisman, Holland Christian soccer - Report
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Thomas Westphal, New Baltimore Anchor Bay cross country - Report
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Justin Wickey, Colon football - Report
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Owen DeMuth, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood tennis - Report
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Mia Melendez, Ann Arbor Greenhills golf - Report
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Shawn Foster, Grand Ledge football - Report
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Hannah Smith, Temperance Bedford swimming - Report
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Helen Sachs, Holland West Ottawa cross country - Report
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Nina Horning, Lake Orion volleyball - Report
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Arturo Romero, Muskegon Oakridge soccer - Report
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Austin King, Midland Dow tennis - Report
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Olivia Hemmila, Troy Athens golf - Report

PHOTO Northville's Helena McLellan steps into a kick during a May 9 draw with Hartland. (Photo by Chris Mudd/National Photo Scout.)