In the link above you can watch the presentation of Clayton-Bradley Academy's Senior Capstone Project Presentation from March 11, 2021. Of note for CBA Athletics is the portion of the night (the second to present) where Volleyball Captain and Tennis player Izzy Miya describes our new Athletic Council, that was her Senior Capstone Project. Athletic Director Grant Redmond was ecstatic about this opportunity, "When Izzy brought this idea to me the coaches and myself were blown away! She has always been a leader, but this was something that was going to change the landscape of how athletics was viewed and give our student athletes more opportunities to grow in their leadership, so of course I wanted it to happen. All I had to do was give her my thoughts and be there for support and updates on what was going on. The students that were nominated by their head coaches literally ran this new group we like to call AC, short for Atheltic Council. Izzy is definitely leaving something behind here that will go on for a long time. These students are going to lead our program to great things."
The inaugural officers:
Izzy Miya - President
Caroline Stedina - Vice President (Voted In)
Layla Bowman - Secretary (Volunteered)
The inaugural members:
Cayleb Kimsey & Blake Mills - Boys Basketball
Hannah Rasmussen & Brennan Steinbach - Boys and Girls Cross Country
Meliane Band & Sydney Stratton - Girls Basketball
Caroline Stedina & Shelby McNeal - Volleyball
Layla Bowman & Samantha Cheek - Cheer
Brantley Headrick & Emily Wheeler - Boys and Girls Tennis
Luke Hutchinson - Boys Soccer
Tate Greene - Outside Club Teams
Here is the charter that has started CBA's Athletic Council:
A community of specifically chosen athletes that build fundamental leadership skills by collaborating in a space that promotes self-growth and a positive environment for each team.
The members of the Athletic Counsel (herein AC) of Clayton-Bradley Academy (CBA) must attend all meetings unless there are extenuating circumstances like academic required workshops or illness. Members are expected to participate in all activities, discussions, and lessons. Members are expected to contribute to each meeting thoughtful ideas or critical suggestions to other's ideas in a productive and positive manner. The members should come prepared to take notes as well as actively listen.
Each member must be nominated by his or her team’s coach. The AC faculty advisor will email at the beginning of each school year to the coaches asking them to nominate two athletes from their team from the previous year that they feel have the following qualities: willingness to learn, a positive attitude, motivators, expectant captains, and captains (if they feel it is necessary). If two or more coaches nominate an individual that plays on more than one team, then the advisor will contact those coaches telling them they nominated the same athlete. The coach who was first to nominate the said athlete will have them represent their team (first come first serve basis). The other coach will then nominate another athlete to represent their team. Athletes can serve on this council from ninth to twelfth grade, there are no term limits, and each term is a full year. But it is recommended for nominated council members to be in 11th or 12th grade.
This will guarantee that members are invested in their teams and know their team dynamic. It will also ensure a more mature council of committed athletes who will be willing to participate in discussions and actively listen to speakers.
The AC faculty advisor will be the Athletic Director employed at Clayton-Bradley Academy. Their duty as the advisor is to make sure that all the logistics of the AC are running smoothly. The advisor is the liaison between the athletes and the administration and academic personnel if there are any concerns brought to the meeting regarding the athletes and school, that does not include athletics. The AC advisor should meet with the AC President and VP to discuss the curriculum for the semester that will be shared during up and coming meetings, as well as with the secretary to check their notes. The advisor shall be willing to help provide resources and guidance to the officers of the AC and connect with council member coaches to keep the coaches informed as to what is happening in the meetings.
President: This position will be held by a senior who is capable of leading the AC meetings and communicating with the AC advisor. The president will work closely with the AC advisor in planning the lesson material as well as the meeting plans. The president should be passionate about CBA athletics, a good communicator, a good listener, and is able to stay organized. The President is the leader of the AC and should actively support each member by attending at least one competition event for every member.
Vice President: This officer should be a junior who is willing to take over the presidency once the president graduates. The VP will work closely with the president as an apprentice. The VP will be responsible for running the meetings and should be prepared to teach if the President is not able to attend a meeting. The VP will be expected to attend at least one competition event for every member of the council.
Secretary: This position will be responsible for taking minutes at each meeting. The secretary should be at least a sophomore or junior who is willing to be diligent before, during, and after meetings by receiving agenda items for the upcoming meeting, taking notes, monitoring time limits on discussions, and organizing notes for better understanding. This position will be held accountable for sharing the notes with the other officers, advisor, coaches, and council members.
The officers will be working all together with the advisor to help the AC in all aspects. These members will be voted on by the council in a blind vote. The election will take place at the second meeting of every term. At the first meeting, people who want to run for an officer position will announce their running. This gives the council two weeks to decide who they want to vote on and at the second meeting, there will be a ballot with the names of each candidate. The VP will be required to give a one to three-minute speech regarding why they feel they are the best candidate at the second meeting before the ballots are filled out. The ballots will be anonymous and once filled out given to the advisor. The advisor will then tally the votes and whoever has the majority of the votes will be elected into office. This election process will be used only for the secretary and vice president.
The VP is the president-elect. Meaning whoever runs for VP should have the intention to be president the following year, because of the apprenticeship style between the VP and president.
The meetings will be held every two weeks on a Tuesday or Thursday during workshop. The meeting will last 45 min and will include an icebreaker game, the lesson or activity, discussion time, and cleanup. A typical meeting schedule will look as follows:
Time frame- 12:50-1:30
1:00- Leadership lesson/activity
1:15- Discussion time (about the lesson, concerns, announcements)
1:30- Wrap up; Clean up
The lessons and activities should be engaging and positive. The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) is a super good resource for material. The lessons should be no longer than 20 minutes. They need to be straight to the point so that the athletes can take away the most information in a short amount of time. The material will include lessons on leadership, motivation, and mental performance. These lessons will impact the athletes on the council in a way that they will exemplify what they learn onto their teams."
We are so proud and so excited about what our student athletes will literally bring to the table that will enhance our athletic community.