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Student-athlete advisory committee (saac)
MISSION STATEMENT

"Our goal is to dedicate efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, leadership (in the classroom and athletic arena), and positive relationships with coaches, administrators and other student-athletes. We work to represent the perspective of all NYSPHSAA student-athletes by presenting their concerns to the NYSPHSAA, thereby developing initiatives for future improvement of all NYSPHSAA member schools and communities."

 

2020-2021 SAAC Members

 

 

Section

 

Bio

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Aiden Riebe

Aiden is a senior at New Rochelle High School and a member of the baseball team. He has participated in a baseball exchange program in the Dominican Republic, been a member of the Model UN and participated in various community service projects. Aiden is excited to join the SAAC to help represent student-athletes across New York State.

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Afua Yeboah

Afua is a junior three-sport standout at Peekskill High School. She is a member of the basketball and volleyball teams, while also participating in track and field. She maintains a 4.0GPA while participating in three varsity sports. Afua has helped tutor younger students, assist with homework and prepare them for tests. She is also a key student leader in planning the annual Community Health Fair, and community youth centered events.

 

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Cameron Orr

Cameron is a junior who plays basketball, baseball and runs cross country at Lake George Junior/Senior High School. He is a member of the Lake George student council as well as an active member of the schools chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Cameron has participated in the National Junior Honor Society and assisted with the Meals on Wheels program.

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Devon Wagner

Devon is a senior at Stillwater Middle/High High School. She is a member of the varsity girls soccer team that won a NYSPHSAA Class C state championship in 2018. Devon is very active in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and cancer research, a cause that is very important to her and her family. She has been involved in the National Junior Honor Society, Colonie Senior Services and Unity House. In addition to soccer, she was a member of the Stillwater varsity track and field team as well.

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Kendall Cuyler

Kendall is a junior at Mexico High School and is a member of the soccer, basketball and swimming/diving team. She believes strongly in protecting those students who might feel bullied in school. Outside of athletics she has participated in STEM club, mock trial, and the Spanish honor society.

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Zackary Durr

Zackary is at senior at Oneida Senior High School. Zack is a three-sport student-athlete at Oneida, he plays Football, Baseball, and Indoor Track and Field. He was the vice president of his sophomore class and an officer on the Oneida Student Athletic Council. He represented the district at the Tri-Valley league Youth Activation Summit. 

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Gavin Bonczkowski

Gavin is a senior at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Junior/Senior High School. Gavin is a three-sport standout playing Baseball, Basketball and Soccer. He has also been the President of the Leadership Club, a class representative of the high school Student Council and the treasurer of the high school chorus. He is the team captain of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. Gavin is also active in his local boy scout troop 44. He’s a member of the national honor society, the high school band, the drama club and the Gilbertsville Baptist Church.

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Shelby Swartz

Shelby is a junior at Candor Junior/Senior High School. She plays three varsity sports, Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. She looks forward to being a member of the NYSPHSAA SAAC to help student-athletes navigate these difficult times and looks forward to helping them cope with the loss of sports and getting back on the field. Shelby volunteers at a local church, hospital and helped pack Christmas boxes for children in need.

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Michael Palumbo

Michael plays three varsity sports at Pittsford-Mendon High School. He is a member of the cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field teams. He enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. In particular, Michael volunteers at an AutismUp I-Can-Bike camp where he helps to instruct children with Autism and other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities how to ride a bike. He has donated over 300 hours of time to community service projects.

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Norah Czajka

Norah is a senior at Penfield High School. Norah is a four-sport student-athlete at Penfield. She is a member of the cross-country team, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and on the ski team as well. In addition, she has been a math tutor, the Secretary of the Class Council of 2021, a Caring Community Ambassador and participated in the Western New York HOBY Leadership Conference. Norah is also a cellist and violist.

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Nicholas Kramer

Nicholas is a senior at WIlliamsville North High School. Nicholas plays three sport at Williamsville North golf, hockey and lacrosse and has been since his freshman year. He is active with his travel teams as well and has leadership roles on both his lacrosse and hockey travel teams. His community service work includes volunteering at St. Lukes Mission, Amberleigh senior living and the Ride for Roswell.

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Carly Dell'Oso

Carly is a junior at Starpoint High School where she plays varsity basketball and volleyball. She also participated in the schools unified bowling team. She is an advocate for Unified Sports as well as social inclusion. Carly is a member of the Youth Activation Committee at Starpoint, as well as the Unified Bowling team, and she assists the Unified Basketball and Volleyball teams. She is also Co-President of the Class of 2022 and a member of the youth activation committee.

 

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Aidan Porter

Aidan is a junior at Ticonderoga Senior High School, he plays three varsity sports indoor track and field, football and outdoor track and field. He is a member of the peer tutor program, the fellowship of Christian athletes and the Alzheimer awareness foundation. Aidan believes pports teach people how to build friendships, work together, and most importantly, they teach selflessness. You're not going to get through life by yourself. It's all about the person next to you.

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Abrielle Racine

Abrielle is a senior at Norheastern Clinton Senior High School. She plays basketball, soccer and outdoor track and field. She’s been a varsity student-athlete since the 8th grade and says athletics have helped her stay focused, driven and how to work with others.  Abrielle is a member of the model UN, the French Club, volunteers at her local church and volunteered at the Holiday Hospice fundraiser with the varsity basketball team.

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Jenna Halpin

Jenna is a senior at Locust Valley High School. She is the class treasurer, a member of the student council and part of a group called Athletes Helping Athletes. Jenna plays Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Locust Valley High School.

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Conor Burns

Conor is a junior at Bethpage Senior High School, he is a member of the soccer and baseball teams. He is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, a program where varsity student-athletes go to elementary schools and teach students in 3rd grade through 5th grade about the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Conor also volunteers for Island Harvest- Long Island food bank and takes part in the annual wreath laying at National Cemeteries honoring deceased veterans

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Dolcé McPherson

Dolcé is a senior at Fallsburg Junior/Senior High School. She plays three sports at Fallsburg, volleyball, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. She is active in the student government, the future problem solvers club and a member of the National Honor Society.

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Alex Boucher

Alex plays basketball and soccer as a junior at Red Hook Senior High School. He is one of 26 members of the New York State student council on leadership and student activities. Alex is am active member of the student council at Red Hook and has assisted the NFHS Network with live streaming of regular season and post season events.

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Trent Sargent

Trent is a senior at Ogdensburg Free Academy, he is a member of the boys basketball team. He is a member of the OFA varsity club, which helps make leadership decisions and advices where finances are spent when it comes to athletic teams. Trent is a member of the Section X Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well.

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Olivia McLear

Olivia is a senior at Lisbon Central School. She is a three-sport standout at Lisbon, she plays basketball, soccer and softball. Olivia was selected captain of her basketball team and chosen to be part of the Section 10 Leadership Conference. In additon, she also volunteers to umpire and referee youth sports in her community.

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Carlie Cutinella

Carlie is a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School and plays three sports, lacrosse, basketball and soccer. She is extremely active in her community, serving as a peer mentor to children at a local elementary school and helps coach youth lacrosse. Carlie also volunteers at a local church as a group leader for Camp Good Grief. She is also an advocate for raising awareness on organ donation for the Thomas Cutinella Memorial Foundation and LiveOnNY.

 

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Benjamin Glazebnik

Benjamin is a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East. He is a member of the swimming and diving team and had participated in a charity program called Swim Across America for a number of years. Benjamin also plays the piano and violin.

The SAAC was developed to give student-athletes a voice within the NYSPHSAA. Over the course of the school year, the committee will discuss topics relevant to high school student-athletes and develop ways to maintain a positive athletic experience.
Each committee member is expected to exemplify leadership while providing feedback of NYSPHSAA special programs including, but not limited to, Scholar-Athlete, Sportsmanship, Life of an Athlete, Student Leadership, and Community Service. Two student-athletes from each of the 11 sections are selected each year and serve a one year term. Juniors have the option to serve a two-year term.