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Student-Athlete advisory committee members selected

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces the members of the 2020-21 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

This year, 11 new members will join the SAAC, teaming with the 11 returning members who served as juniors last year. The SAAC is comprised of two student-athlete representatives from each of the 11 sections in New York State.

During the 2019-20 school year, the committee continued to promote the NYSPHSAA Mental Health Awareness Week and focused additional efforts on student-athletes mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SAAC also provided input in the expansion of NYSPHSAA Coaches Appreciation Day and Officials Appreciation Day. Members also presented a statement against teen vaping to the NYSPHSAA Safety Committee which will be discussed further this fall. 

This year the committee will continue to promote the mental health initiative.

In addition, the SAAC will continue to provide feedback on Executive and Central Committee proposals. 

A total of 95 student-athletes applied to be members of this year’s SAAC.

The 2020-21 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is listed below:

 Section Name School Grade

1 Aiden Riebe* New Rochelle 12

1 Afua Yeboah Peekskill 11

2 Devon Wagner* Stillwater 12

2 Cameron Orr Lake George 11

3 Kendall Cuyler Mexico 11

3 Zackary Durr* Oneida 12

4 Gavin Bonczkowski* Gilbertsville-Mount Upton 12

4 Shelby Swartz Candor 11

5 Norah Czajka* Penfield 12

5 Michael Palumbo Pittsford-Mendon 11

6 Carly Dell’Oso Starpoint 11

6 Nicholas Kramer* Williamsville North 12

7 Aidan Porter Ticonderoga 11

7 Abrielle Racine* Northeastern Clinton 12

8 Conor Burns Bethpage 11

8 Jenna Halpin* Locust Valley 12

9 Dolce McPherson* Fallsburg 12

9 Alex Boucher Red Hook 11

10 Trent Sargent Ogdensburg Free Academy 12

10 Olivia McLear* Lisbon 12

11 Carlie Cutinella Shoreham-Wading River 11

11 Benjamin Glazebnik* Half Hollow Hills – East 12

 *indicates new member

“It’s always exciting to welcome the new members and the returning members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee”, said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director in a news release. “Hearing from students directly about issues they face and using their input to try and help bridge the gap between students and adults is key to our associations growth. We congratulate the members of the SAAC on their selection to this committee and look forward to their ideas and contributions during the upcoming school year.”

The SAAC will meet four times via video conference during the school year.

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