RENTON, Wash. – Eight incoming juniors from around the state of Washington were recently selected to join the LEAP (Leadership through Education Activities and Personal Development) Committee, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced Wednesday.
The incoming juniors selected are:
Rylee Aloisio –Franklin Pierce
Alex Besteman – Interlake
Luka Kawahara – Juanita
Joey Lurie – Mercer Island
Gracie Pham – Davis
Kate Schneider – Freeman
Rocky Srinivasan – Eastside Prep
Turner Van Slyke – Walla Walla
The LEAP Committee, now in its 15th year, is comprised of 16 juniors and seniors (eight juniors; eight seniors) representing the six WIAA classifications and the nine WIAA districts. Committee members serve as the voice of over 225,000 athletics and activities student participants in the state of Washington. The juniors will serve a two-year term and will join the eight seniors who recently completed their first term during the 2021-22 school year.
Senior Committee members returning to serve their second term are: Zeke Akinbade (Prosser), Ayva Broadbent (Lewis and Clark), Avery Brumley (Sultan), Amelia Chiu (Newport (Bellevue)), Drew Fialho (Lake Washington), Ciara Mennitto (Spanaway Lake), Grace Nelson (Odessa) and Gillian Spilker (Bellingham).
All applicants completed an extensive application process which included an online application, letters of recommendation, two short essays, and a video personal statement about why they should be selected.
The Committee will meet five times throughout the school year to discuss and provide feedback on WIAA-related topics and initiatives. The group will also have the opportunity to be involved with WIAA State Championship events, and participate in WIAA Executive Board meetings.
In the summer prior to the start of their senior year, Committee members will participate in a summer retreat that combines team-building exercises, while also evaluating the previous year and setting goals for the upcoming year.
If you would like additional information on any of the LEAP members, please contact Andy Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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