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07/23/18 – Eight Student-Athletes Headed to NSLS; Three Staff Members Appointed to NFHS Committees

July 23, 2018 2018-2019 News Releases



Eight student-athletes from across the state will represent the KHSAA at the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit, July 23-25, at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Ind. The eight student-athletes will form the KHSAA’s Student Advisory Committee for the 2018-19 school year and will assist in the planning and execution of the Hype Student Leadership Conferences in August.

The KHSAA delegates for 2018 are:
Ethan Barnett (St. Mary)
Hannah Heile (Assumption)
Connor (CJ) Johnson (Marshall County)
James Kalso (Muhlenberg County)
Rhiona Marshall (Bryan Station)
Misty Thompson (Fort Campbell)
Brooklyn Willis (Muhlenberg County)
Seth Wright (Lewis County)

This year’s National Student Leadership Summit is the fourth national conference since the program was revived in 2015 (it had been discontinued in 2010). The student-athletes selected to represent their states will split into groups and work through topical discussions on relevant and contemporary issues. The free program is designed to help students hone their leadership abilities and teach them how to effectively influence and lead their peers in a positive manner. The students will also participate in a community service project with the Indiana Special Olympics.

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Three KHSAA Staff Members Appointed to NFHS Committees

Three KHSAA staff members were appointed to national committees during the course of the NFHS Summer Meeting (June 28-July 2) in Chicago, Ill. Commissioner Julian Tackett was named Chair of the NFHS Technology Committee and was also chosen as the Section II representative to the NFHS Appeals Board. In addition, Associate Commissioner Butch Cope was selected to Chair the Student Services Committee and Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry will represent Section II on the Swimming & Diving Rules Committee. Each appointment is for four years and will run through the 2021-2022 academic year.

The latest appointments add to the KHSAA’s representation at the national level. General Counsel Chad Collins currently serves as Chair of the Soccer Rules Committee, while Cope is also a member of the Volleyball Rules Committee. Commissioner Tackett serves on both the NFHS Basketball and Football Rules Committees, the NFHS Network Holding Company Board and is Vice-Chair of the NFHS Foundation Board of Directors.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 280 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 44 state championships in 13 sports and 5 sport-activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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