NYSPHSAA Announces Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Members for 2018-19

Date Posted: 07/11/2018
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


NYSPHSAA Announces 2018-2019 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Members

Fourteen New Members Welcomed for Upcoming School Year


Latham, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is pleased to announce the members of the 2018-19 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This year, 14 new members will join the SAAC teaming with eight returning members who served as juniors last year. The committee is comprised of two student-athlete representatives (one male and one female) from each of the 11 sections in New York State. A total of 61 student-athletes applied to be members of this year’s SAAC.

The SAAC was developed to encourage and facilitate involvement of student-athletes within NYSPHSAA. Over the course of the school year, the committee will discuss topics of concern to high school student-athletes and examine and develop ways to address those concerns to help student-athletes maintain a positive athletic experience.

One of the primary goals of the SAAC this year will be to create a mental health initiative to help student-athletes around the state who confront mental health issues. Furthermore, members of NYSPHSAA SAAC hope to expand and create student committees within their own section. Sections IV, VIII, and XI are among the sections who have begun the process.

The 2018-2019 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is listed below:

*indicates new member


Section                                 Student                                                School

I                               Jacob Fridakis*                                  Briarcliff High School
                                Jessica Polvino*                                 Clarkstown North Senior High School

             2                              Toussaint Santicola Jones*          Albany High School
                                              Grace Wysocki                            Hoosick Falls Jr/Sr High School


              III                            Richard Francisco*                           West Genesee Senior High School
                                             Chloe Williams*                                Holland Patent Central High School


              IV                            Jasper Koota                      Delaware Academy High School
                                              Alli Miller*                          Bainbridge-Guilford High School


              V                             Ryan Reynolds*                 Canaseraga School
                                              Payton Powers                  Dalton-Nunda High School          


             VI                            Clayton Osborne              Williamsville-East High School
                                             Mindy Doktor*                  Akron High School


             VII                          Terrence Benedict*        Ticonderoga Senior High School
                                             Allison Post                         Peru Secondary School


              VIII                         Kevin Carratu*                  Manhasset Secondary School
                                             Olivia Rodriguez               South Side High School


             IX                            Deeya Modhwadiya        Newburgh Free Academy
                                             Ryan Strobach*                 Wallkill Senior High School

             X                             Andy Downs*                    H C Williams Senior High School
                                             Sydney Levison*              Norwood-Norfolk School


           XI                                 Erin Holler*                        Smithtown High School - East
                                                Matthew Weltmann       Half Hollow Hills High School East                                                             


“In the three years since the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was formed we have seen tremendous results from the student leaders selected to serve,” said Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “This group of young men and women are dedicated to helping student-athletes across the state and give their teammates and fellow competitors a voice within NYSPHSAA.”


The SAAC will meet via teleconference four times during the school year. They will also have an opportunity to collaborate in person at the 2nd Annual SAAC Summit held in Syracuse in November. The first meeting will take place Sunday, September 16.


About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.