Congratulations to Cortland Senior High student Kathleen Starr for being accepted to join the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Student-Advisory Committee (SAAC). Kathleen is the Section 3 female representative to serve on this statewide committee for the 2017-18 academic year. This is Kathleen's second year particpating on the SAAC. Members were chosen based on an academic resume which included grade-point average (GPA), extracurricular activities, and participation in sports. In total, the SAAC is made up of two student-athlete representatives from each of the eleven sections in New York State.
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 also providing feedback of NYSPHSAA special programs including Scholar Athlete Sportsmanship, Life of an Athlete, Student Leadership and Community Service. For more information click here.
Cortland Senior, Kathleen Starr, is proud to be on the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Committee. The Committee meets four times a year via teleconference since all of the student athletes live in different parts of New York State. Kathleen explained that one of their projects that the committee has worked on is a “Battle of the Fans” to challenge each high school to have the most sportsmanlike fan section. Kathleen and the other committee members contributed to outlining the criteria for this competition and the NYSPHSAA sent judges throughout the state to pick the best fan section.
Kathleen is a three sport athlete at Cortland Senior High School, participating in tennis during the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse during the spring season. Her plans for the future are still tentative, but her top three college choices include Providence College, Siena College, and SUNY Geneseo. Her major as of now would be Physics related, partially because Mr. Canestaro, Physics teacher at Cortland Senior High School, sparked her interest in the subject.
In the immediate future Kathleen is excited to attend the New England Student Leadership Conference in Massachusetts this summer. She was presented the opportunity to go to this conference from her work on the NYSPHSAA Committee. “I am really excited to start the second year being on the Committee and hopefully pass that down to someone else at Cortland Senior High when I graduate.”