08/06/12 Culver Girls Academy’s Amber Cowell (Culver) is one of the nine incoming juniors selected to serve a two-year term on the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Committee. Amber applied for the position after attending the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in early June.

Cowell is a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, hockey, and track.

She will be one of just 18 Indiana high school student-athletes to serve as a member of the 2012-13 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee. The SAC represents the entire IHSAA membership of 408 schools, and its structure mirrors that of the IHSAA Board of Directors in terms of classification and districts as well as female, urban schools and minority representation.

Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes who attend the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in June. Five Culver students, including Cowell, represented the Academies. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected for interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee, Executive Staff and the nine returning seniors of the SAC. From those 20 interviews, nine are invited to join the new group.

The IHSAA began sponsoring the Student Advisory Committee in 2001-02 to give the group of student-athletes hands-on experience and a voice to the IHSAA staff. The SAC meets four times annually – twice each semester – and is responsible for hosting meetings with student peers at the upcoming Fall Area Principals Meetings; assisting with the awards ceremonies at IHSAA state championship events throughout the school year and; planning and administering the annual IHSAA Student Leadership Conference in June.

Other SAC functions include the development of an IHSAA Captain’s Handbook which will be distributed to member schools this fall as well as assisting in the creation of multiple public service announcements addressing good sporting behavior which will be utilized during 2011-12 state championships events.