When school begins on Sept. 4, high school junior Jenna Halpin will begin a new role as a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Jenna was chosen as one of only two representatives from Section VIII and will join a team of 22 high school students from the state’s 11 athletic sections. Jenna stood out from more than 70 applicants across the state and will be an outstanding representative of Locust Valley High School.
“Jenna is a leader with excellent ideas. She is a team player on and off the field and will be an asset to the advisory committee,” said Locust Valley Central School District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner.
“We are excited to welcome the new members and the returning members of the SAAC this school year,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas. “Having student voices in our organization is key to providing feedback to further enhance and improve our programs with our member schools. 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 committee meets via teleconference four times during the school year and will gather for the third annual SAAC Summit Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome during the NYSPHSAA football championship game. During the 2018-19 school year, the committee created NYSPHSAA Mental Health Awareness Week and provided input on various proposals, including the transfer rule and a rule regarding exceeding the maximum number of contests. Jenna will work with the committee on similar tasks.
Congratulations to Jenna!