Student Athlete Advisory Committee

2017-18 FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Members

Name: Ashlyn Aleywine
School: Deane Bozeman School (Panama City)
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I am looking forward to deciding the 2018 Sunshine State Spirit Showdown winner and working with all of the new and returning SAAC members.
Name: Sophia Bailey
School: Robinson High School (Tampa)
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of the SAAC, I want to bring attention to economic disparities in high school sports and I look forward to effecting positive change so that every team has a fair opportunity to reach their goals and potential.

Name: Steven Billings-Larson Jr.
School: Apopka High School
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I'm looking forward to working with my fellow advisors to improve the college matriculation rates of FHSAA student-athletes. This can be done by identifying and implementing solutions to improve student-athlete safety, providing tips on how to effectively balance academic and athletic workloads, and creating and sharing recommended Social Media Etiquette guidelines with student-athletes. 
Name: Peyton Burdette
School: Lecanto High School 
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I am looking forward to helping the state of Florida in their efforts to continue providing the safest possible athletic experience for the students of Florida. 
  Name: Jae Crawford
School: Boone High School (Orlando)
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of the SAAC, I look forward to reducing the amount of stress every student-athlete is faced with. I want to make being a student-athlete more desirable and create an atmosphere in which the pros of being a student-athlete outweighs the cons. Also I plan to use my membership as a platform for the voices of student-athletes to be heard.
Name: Catherine Dorcinvil
School: Northwest Christian Academy (Miami)
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of SAAC one thing I would like to accomplish is to make sure athletes are not only super stars on the court, field, or track, but to also make sure that they are stars in their classes too. In addition to that I will also like to provide the best training, motivation, and opportunities to student-athletes all around Florida to help them become more adept and reach their full potential in whatever sport they wish to pursue in their life.
  Name: Hannah Galbreath
School: Canterbury School (Fort Myers)
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I would like to see changes regarding the issues of student GPA in regards to player eligibility as well as school spirit in regards to female sports. In my experience as a female athlete, I have played in hundreds of games and I see very little support from fellow students. However, the school participation at boys sporting events is huge. I would like to see a more equal distribution of student support at all games. I also believe that the minimum GPA required to play right now is too low and should be raised to challenge students academically. 
Name: Cameron Gray
School: Marianna High School 
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I’m looking forward to discussing and improving the classification system.
Name: Brooke Long 
School: Fernandina Beach High School 
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of the SAAC, I hope to help make Florida high school athletic programs a place where all students feel included, no matter their skill, gender or home life.
Name: Bryan Markovich
School: Cape Coral High School
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I am looking to address certain areas of Florida sports that need improvement and have intelligent discussions with my fellow committee members about how we could improve them. Examples of areas that may need to be addressed include sportsmanship and safety. I am really looking forward to seeing these areas gradually progress around me.
Name: Renier Martinez
School: Archimedean School (Miami) 
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of the SAAC, I hope to address the issues that come with living the double life of a student-athlete, such as the raising of awareness that student-athletes are students before athletes. I'm also looking forward to working together with other members of the committee in order to instill an effective change that will make the athletic experience, a more enjoyable one.
Name: Luis Garcia-Mazzarri
School: Lincoln Park Academy (Fort Pierce)
Year in School: Junior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I look forward to accomplishing on the SAAC committee to creating a stronger union between the FHSAA, coaches, teachers, and students to relieve the stress on student-athletes
Name: Esteban Sainz
School: Marathon High School
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: As a member of FHSAA I'm looking to improve relationships between a coach and his/hers fellow athletes on and off the field. Also, I'm hoping to improve school spirit along with sportsmanship.
Name: Abigail Serda
School: South Florida HEAT (Fort Lauderdale)
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?: I am excited to collaborate with other SAAC representatives in order to improve the overall experience of all student-athletes in Florida.  This includes encouraging increased involvement by educating students to the wide variety of sports available, while also identifying barriers inhibiting participation.  Additional goals may include a volunteer training program.
Name: Daniel Sweeney
School: Maclay School (Tallahassee)
Year in School: Senior
What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the SAAC?:  I hope to continue to build on last year's initiatives, specifically to encourage better communication between coaches and their players, as well as to improve communication between different sports at the same schools.

 

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