Press Release: WIAA Selects Eight for LEAP Class of 2018 EXPAND
RENTON, Wash. – Eight incoming juniors from around the state of Washington were recently selected to join the WIAA LEAP (Leadership through Education Activities and Personal Development) Committee, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced Tuesday.
Committee members will have the unique opportunity to represent the voice of Washington's 225,000+ high school student participants.
The eight incoming juniors selected are:
The selected students completed a thorough application process which included an online application, a short essay explaining why athletics and activities are important, three letters of recommendation, and a video personal statement about their school and why they should be selected. This year saw a record number of applicants with over 110 total submissions. The new Committee members will serve a two-year term, joining eight seniors who just finished their first term during the 2015-16 school year.
- Jade Chamberlin - Connell High School
- Aaron Davenport - Cedarcrest High School
- Kathy Le - Foss High School
- Tabitha Messineo - Puyallup High School
- Lexi Mikkelsen - Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) High School
- Dylan Mooers - Tumwater High School
- Ford Powers - Chiawana High School
- Eddie Rojas - Lake Washington High School
“The WIAA LEAP Committee has become a priority of the Association to make sure the voice of the students is heard,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.
2016-17 will mark the 10th school year of the LEAP Committee. Members of the Committee collectively represent each of the WIAA's six classifications and nine districts. The group is scheduled to meet five times throughout the 2016-17 school year. Meetings consist of guest speakers, leadership exercises, peer discussions, and group projects. Committee members will attend a retreat in August during the summer before their senior year. The retreat combines physical outdoor adventures and team building exercises, while evaluating the previous year and providing opportunity for goal-setting for the upcoming year.
In addition to attending the five meetings and the retreat, each student is required to write a blog about their school that is highlighted on the WIAA website and social media streams during each year they are on the Committee. The students also plan and implement the Coins for a Cause Fundraiser that raises money for Special Olympics Washington and InvestED at State Basketball and State Football.
Returning to serve their second term in 2016-17 are incoming seniors Megan Drake (South Whidbey High School), Feven Fessehatzion (Lindbergh High School), Michael Larson (Everett High School), Lindsey Lindgren (Oakesdale High School), Drake Mitby (Ocosta High School), Jordan Oakes (Holy Names Academy), Cameron Read (Goldendale High School), and Keithen Shepard (Union High School).
The first meeting of the 2016-17 school year is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016.