NCHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Council Members Named For 2015-16

         CHAPEL HILL—The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) recently held its first meeting of the 2015-16 academic year.

         The SAAC was developed in order to serve as the voice for student-athletes who participate in NCHSAA programs. They discuss topics that are relevant to high school student-athletes and develop ways to maintain a positive athletic experience.

         SAAC members, who normally serve two-year terms, represent the over 200,000 who participate in NCHSAA programs and regularly report to the NCHSAA Board of Directors. The Council is also responsible for promoting the ideals of the NCHSAA, including sportsmanship, leadership, integrity, and citizenship, in various forms. 

         The SAAC includes 16 student-athletes, two from each of the NCHSAA regions. They are selected from nominations by member schools and include student-athletes who possess leadership characteristics, are positive role models, and exemplify the tenets of the NCHSAA Student Services program and sportsmanship.

         These students also volunteer to work at least one NCHSAA state championship event and also help host the NCHSAA Student Leadership Conference as well as completing one community service project per academic year.

         Chiquana Dancy, NCHSAA director of sports, championships and student services, works directly with SAAC members.

         Here are this year’s SAAC members:

         Region 1:  Delores Watford, sophomore, Hertford County

                          Jaxon Wiley, junior, D.H. Conley, Greenville

         Region 2:  Ian Niggles, senior, West Brunswick

                          Greyson Goodson, junior, White Oak, Jacksonville

         Region 3:  Ryan Laatz, junior, Carrboro

                          Justin Sauer, senior, Millbrook, Raleigh

         Region 4:  Caleb Edkins, senior, South View, Hope Mills

                          Emily Yarborough, senior, Terry Sanford, Fayetteville

         Region 5:  Tommy Johnson, senior, Woods Charter, Chapel Hill

                          Lily Sorsenginh, junior, Graham

         Region 6:  Avery Lewis, senior, David Butler, Matthews

                          Annie Habeeb, junior, Gray Stone Day, Misenheimer

         Region 7:  Ashley Bornkamp, senior, Mooresville

                          Rebekah Daye, senior, North Wilkes

         Region 8:  Emma Raleigh, junior, Smoky Mountain, Sylva

                          Katie Walsh, junior, Robbinsville