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Allred, Moore named to IHSAA committee

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Eighteen high school student-athletes from across Indiana will begin this coming school year as members of the 2018-19 IHSAA Student Advisory Council (SAC). Two of those 18 individuals are from Henry County high schools.

Incoming juniors Silas Allred from Shenandoah and Emma-Kate Moore from Knightstown will be two of nine juniors who will join nine seniors beginning their second year with the group, which will receive hands-on leadership experience in various areas via several IHSAA-sponsored events as well as serve as a voice to the IHSAA staff.

Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes from IHSAA member schools. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected for interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee, Executive Staff, and returning members of the SAC.

From those interviews, nine rising juniors are inviting to join the group of nine returning seniors. Allred and Moore were two of those selected. Other juniors selected were Crawfordsville’s Abby Bannon, Jimtown’s Clay Campbell, Franklin Central’s Lydia Laker, Castle’s Grant McAtee, Harrison (West Lafayette)’s Tom Newton, Edreece Redmond of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, and Evansville North’s Savanah Strieter.

Seniors returning for their second year on the committee are Mooresville’s Kyle Barrett, Bloomington North’s Caroline Cherry, Fort Wayne Wayne’s Refik Dogruyol, Monrovia’s Carmen Johnson, Makinzi Meurer of North Knox, Caitlin Reynolds from Springs Valley, Plymouth’s Cece Robinson, North Newton’s Ben Vanderwall, and South Bend Riley’s Andrew Walkowski.

The SAC, which began in 2001-02, represents the entire IHSAA membership of 410 schools, and its structure reflects that of the IHSAA Board of Directors in terms of classification and districts.

The SAC meets four times per year, twice each semester, and is responsible for hosting meetings with student peers at the Fall Area Principals Meetings, assisting with the awards ceremonies at IHSAA state championship events throughout the school year, planning and administering the annual IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in June, and engaging in and supporting the activities of Special Olympics Indiana including the Unified Track & Field State Tournament and the new Unified Flag Football coming this fall.

Other SAC functions include the development of an IHSAA Captain’s Handbook, which is posted to IHSAA.org as well as assisting in the creation of multiple public service announcements addressing goof sporting behavior which will be utilized during 2018-19 IHSAA state championship events.