FHSAA Announces 2017-18 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Gainesville, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced today 16 new members will comprise the 2017-2018 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The committee of 16 members were appointed based upon exceptional leadership abilities, participation in extracurricular activities and contribution to their respective athletic endeavors.

The SAAC was established in 2008-09 and focuses on current student-athletes issues and promoting a positive student-athlete image. In addition, SAAC provides input on FHSAA rules, regulations and special initiatives.

Over 60 nominations were received this year and nine new members were selected. These newly appointed members will join the seven returning committee participants to provide a voice for over 200,000 FHSAA student-athletes. 

The first SAAC meeting will commence on October 13, 2017 and March 16, 2018 at the FHSAA Robert W. Hughes building located in Gainesville.

The following FHSAA student-athletes represent the 2017-2018 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:

·         Ashlyn Aleywine, Deane Bozeman (Panama City) – Ashlyn is one of the members returning to the committee. She has participated in varsity and competitive cheerleading since her freshman year. Recently, Ashlyn has also taken up volleyball. Aside from sports, she is a statistician for her school’s baseball team and the head editor of her school’s yearbook. Ashlyn wants to incorporate study times for all student-athletes during her time with SAAC. 

·         Sophia Bailey, Robinson High School (Tampa) – Since her freshman year, Sophia has played soccer and flag football. She promotes a healthy lifestyle by volunteering to demonstrate that being active can be fun. Sophia is part of the Student Government Association, South Tampa YMCA Leaders Club and Ophelia Club. Her goal as a member of the committee is to provide resources to schools that lack in funding.

·         Steven Billings-Larson Jr., Apopka High School – Steven is a well-rounded individual. He currently participates in four sports – football, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. Outside of sports, he is involved with many academic and leadership organizations like the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. He is also the president of the Winter Park Kappa Leadership Development League. As a new member, Steven hopes to help minimize the sacrifice student-athletes make when balancing academics and community service.

·         Peyton Burdette, Lecanto High School – Peyton is a three-sport athlete. She is active in soccer, cross country and track & field. Aside from athletics, she is holding two leadership positions – the class president of Student Government and the coordinator for the IB Golf Classic. She is also a part of many organizations like the Colors for Citrus Abuse Shelter Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During her time on the committee, Peyton wants to increase the safety of student-athletes.

·         Jae Crawford, Boone High School (Orlando) – Jae is a senior who is involved in weightlifting and track and field. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Orange County’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. With her new position, Jae’s goal is to reduce the stress that athlete’s face while managing athletics and academics. 

·         Jacob Donovan, Lake Mary High School – Jacob is another returning member and has played lacrosse since his freshman year. He has experience being an assistant coach and a paid referee for the sport. Jacob has spent his summers working as a counselor-in-training for an overnight camp in New Hampshire. As he continues his role on the committee, Jacob wants to establish guidelines for practices so athletes can thrive academically.

·         Catherine Dorcinvil, Northwest Christian High School (Miami) – Catherine is serving another year on the committee. She has participated in volleyball, basketball and track & field throughout her high school career. Outside of sports, she is a member of the Student Leadership Council, the National Honor Society, her school’s dance team and band. Catherine’s goal on the committee is to improve training so student-athletes have the chance to reach their full potential.

·         Hannah Galbreath, Canterbury High School (Fort Myers) – Hannah is heavily involved with her school and community. The student-athlete participates in four sports – volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and track & field – and has been rewarded multiple leadership positions. In her spare time, Hannah volunteers at Community Cooperative, a soup kitchen and Trafalgar Middle School.  It is her goal to increase school spirit at female sporting events while part of the committee.

·         Cameron Gray, Marianna High School – Cameron has played baseball since his freshman year. He is a strong believer that actions off the field affect performance. Because of this, he always tries to represent his school in a positive way. Aside from baseball, Cameron is a student ambassador, Bulldog Bistro member and a Marianna Parks and Recreation Department mentor and referee. During his time on the committee, Cameron wants to discuss ways to improve the school classification system.

·         Esteban Sainz, Marathon High School – Esteban will be a part of the committee for his final year. The senior has played football since the eighth grade and baseball since the ninth grade. He spends his free time involved with organizations focused on helping his community like Take Stock in Children and coastal cleanup. His goal with SAAC is to continue improving the sportsmanship among student-athletes.

·         Brooke Long, Fernandina Beach High School – Brooke has participated in soccer and track & field since her freshman year. She is involved in Interact Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beach Buddies, St. Peters Youth Community and Youth Leadership Nassau. She also volunteers at Baptist Medical Center. Brooke hopes to make it easier for more students to get involved in sports while she’s a part of the committee.

·         Bryan Markovich, Cape Coral High School – Bryan is returning for a second year with SAAC. He’s involved in basketball, cross country and track & field. In cross country and track & field, he was rewarded leadership positions. Bryan is a part of many academic organizations like Rho Kappa Honor Society and his school’s Science Olympiad team. As he continues his role with the committee, Bryan’s goal is to increase the sportsmanship among student-athletes.

·         Renier Martinez, Archimedean High School (Miami) – Renier is a junior who has played basketball and volleyball throughout his high school career. In the future, he wants to become a lawyer. Currently, Renier is involved in Student Government and the Teen Court program in his county. He is also a part of his school’s Science Olympiad team and debate team. Renier’s goal while a part of the committee is to encourage athletes to get involved in other extracurricular activities.

·         Luis Mazzarri, Lincoln Park High School (Fort Pierce) – Luis has been involved in swimming and diving for over six years. He is a member of the Indian River Aquatics Club and USA Swimming. At school, Luis is involved in academic and leadership organizations like the National Honor Society and Key Club International. Luis wants to develop a stronger collaboration of coaches and teachers in order to reduce stress on student-athletes.

·         Abigail Serda, South Florida HEAT High School (Fort Lauderdale) – Abigail was the first homeschool student to serve on the committee and has returned for another year. She participates in cross country, soccer and track & field. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Friendship Circle to promote inclusion of special needs children. Continuing with SAAC, Abigail wants to make sure volunteers are properly trained.

·         Daniel Sweeney, Maclay High School (Tallahassee) – Daniel is the final returning member. Now a senior, he is involved in soccer and cross country. Since his freshman year, Daniel has served as a soccer referee for club teams and camps. He’s also been a member of his school’s Honor Council. Daniel’s goal is to continue to push for changes in scheduling so different sports seasons do not overlap. 

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About the FHSAA:

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. For more information visit www.fhsaa.org and follow the FHSAA on social media: @fhsaa (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).