FHSAA Announces 2016-2017 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has announced the members of the 2016-2017 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was established in 2008 to give FHSAA student-athletes the opportunity to offer their perspectives and opinions to the FHSAA, while also getting to see the work the association does every day for Florida high school sports.

This year, 14 new members were chosen from a pool of more than 40 applicants. These members were chosen based on their athletic participation, extracurricular activities and ability to be leaders on and off the field. The new members will join two returning members from last year’s committee for a total of 16.

The members will meet two times at FHSAA headquarters in Gainesville to discuss issues that affect Florida student-athletes. The first meeting will take place Oct. 14, 2016, with the second meeting being held March 10, 2017.

The 16 members of the 2016-2017 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are:

Girls:

Ashlyn Aleywine, Deane Bozeman (Panama City) – Ashlyn is a junior this year and has been a cheerleader for her school since the sixth grade. When she is not cheering, she also works in a golf shop. She also serves as the team statistician for her school’s varsity baseball team. Ashlyn has worked for Bozeman’s yearbook staff since she was a freshman and this year will serve as the head editor. Athleticism runs in Ashlyn’s family, as her brother is currently a baseball player at Gulf Coast State College. With her membership on this committee, she wants to make the state of Florida a place where student-athletes come from all over to compete.

Lauren Cameron, Trinity Prep (Winter Park) – Lauren is one of the two members returning to the committee this year. A multi-sport athlete, she has played volleyball, soccer and softball since her freshman year. Outside of sports, she is involved in many different organizations, including Student Government, Surfrider Club and Habitat for Humanity. As a senior this year, Lauren hopes to continue her work on the committee with her goal of finding ways to help parents with financial issues afford to attend their children’s games.  

Natalie Chapman, Northside Christian (St. Petersburg) – Natalie is the other returning member on the committee this year. Currently a senior, Natalie has participated in cross country, track and field, basketball and golf throughout high school. She is involved with the National Honor Society, the Debate Club, the Rock Climbing Club, Student Council and the Distinguished Scholars Program. With her second year on the committee, she wants to continue her goal of developing a program that recognizes examples of good sportsmanship in Florida high school sports.

Catherine Dorcinvil, Northwest Christian (Miami) – Catherine is a three-sport athlete. Since her freshman year, the junior has participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She is heavily involved in extracurricular activities as well, as she participates in band and the Student Leadership Council. She is also a member of the dance team and the National Honor Society. Being a leader comes easy to Catherine, as she was named the “Student Leader of the Year” during her sophomore year at Northwest Christian. Catherine has an idea to create social media accounts that student-athletes can use to communicate with one other.

Kristen Lloyd, Carrollwood Day (Tampa) – Kristen has played both volleyball and basketball since her freshman year. Currently a junior, she also plays the piano and works as a camp counselor for children in elementary and middle school. Kristin leads a club called “Powerstories” at her school, where members tell their personal stories to one another so they can learn from each other’s mistakes. Kristin has goals to raise the bar for coaches in Florida in order to give every student-athlete the chance to succeed with good coaches.

Lauren Perry, Oak Hall (Gainesville) – Lauren has participated in cross country, soccer and track throughout high school, and she serves as a captain on the cross country and track team. Now a senior, Lauren is the secretary of the National Honor Society at her school, while also serving as the head of the Spirit Club. She went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic last year to build houses for families. Lauren believes the FHSAA needs to be inviting and inspirational, and she hopes to make the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee more inviting to other student-athletes.

Abigail Serda, South Florida HEAT (Ft. Lauderdale) – Abigail is a junior this year and is the first home school student to serve on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has participated in cross country, soccer and track and field since she was a freshman. Abigail is also an active volunteer as an Emergency Room Ambassador at Broward Medical Center, as well as the Friendship Circle, an organization that connects teenagers with special-needs children. As a member of the committee, Abigail hopes to get more training for parent volunteers at track meets.

Alana Shew-A-Tjon, Pedro Menendez (St. Augustine) – Alana is a senior who has participated in soccer since her freshman year. She also participated in volleyball for two years. Her extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, the Athletic Leadership Council and Future Business Leaders of America. On Sunday mornings, Alana teaches class to 2-and-3-year-old children at her church. Her goal as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to make students-athletes more aware of the Victory with Honor code of conduct.

Boys:

Korey Creary, Plantation – Korey is a senior this year and is the offensive line captain of his school’s football team. Throughout his time in high school, he has played football and lacrosse. Korey regularly volunteers as an event coordinator for his local elementary school. As an athlete, he feels it is important to send a positive message and set a good example for younger athletes. His ideas for the committee include making nutrition education part of training programs for student-athletes.

Jacob Donovan, Lake Mary – Jacob has many ideas for the committee. A junior who has participated in lacrosse since his freshman year, Jacob is focused on supporting policies which prevent practices from running too late at night. Outside of sports, he also plays the guitar and has been a member of the Debate Club and the Spanish National Honor Society at his school. He will be working as a coach for a youth club lacrosse team this fall. Jacob hopes to push other student-athletes to reach for academic success.

Bryan Markovich, Cape Coral – Bryan has participated in basketball, cross country and track and field throughout his high school career. Now a junior, he serves as a captain for the cross country and track and field team. He also serves as a member of the IB ambassador program at his school and in his spare time works at McDonald’s. Bryan believes sportsmanship is essential to having fun in athletics, and with his membership on the committee, hopes to teach fellow student-athletes about the importance of good sportsmanship.

Esteban Sainz, Marathon – Esteban is a multi-sport athlete who has played football and baseball since his freshman year. He also played basketball for a year. A junior in high school, Esteban is involved off the field as well; his extracurricular activities include Relay for Life and the Garbage Committee. As a new member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he has goals to continue to improve sportsmanship among student-athletes, and he hopes to make coaches be more involved in their players’ lives.

Ryan Savoldy, Fivay (Hudson) – Ryan is a senior two-sport varsity athlete. He has played both tennis and soccer since his freshman year. His long list of extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society). He served as the class president during his junior year, as well as the vice president of the Interact Club. He will serve as the president of the club this year. Ryan believes academics need to be pushed more among student-athletes, and supports continued hydration education in Florida high school sports to combat the heat and humidity.

Michael Smith, Trenton – Michael is a senior this year. Since his freshman year, he has played football, basketball and baseball. He also participated in weightlifting for two years. Michael is a member of the Beta Club and also serves as a community outreach intern at the Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce. As an intern, he interviews local businessmen and helps with community events. Michael’s goals as a member of the committee include creating a required study hall at school for every FHSAA student-athlete.

Morgan Smith, Canterbury (Fort Myers) – Morgan has played football since his freshman year of high school, and he also played lacrosse for two years. Now a senior, Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Academic Team and the Humanities Club. He has traveled to the Dominican Republic to deliver donated shoes as part of a service project with the Student Global Leadership Initiative Club. Morgan thinks that student-athletes need to be provided with more time after school to get academic help from teachers.

Daniel Sweeney, Maclay (Tallahassee) – Daniel has participated in a variety of sports throughout high school, including cross country, football and track. Currently a junior, he has also played soccer since his freshman year. Daniel has been a member of the Maclay Honor Council and has served as a referee for club soccer teams and camps. He believes changes need to be made to prevent sports from overlapping between fall and winter seasons, and between winter and spring seasons. Daniel also has hopes to encourage student-athletes to try a variety of sports in order to make the athletes better-rounded.