Each November the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association holds the annual Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington. Nearly three-hundred student leaders representing their athletic programs in Vermont high schools attended this year’s two-day event on November 7th and 8th, which featured seminars, breakout sessions, and nationally renowned speakers on subjects including team building, preventing hazing and bullying in the world of high school athletics, goal setting, stress and time management, and being a positive contributor and role model in your school, community, and society.
BFA Fairfax sends eight student-athletes to this conference every year. Attendees are nominated by their respective coaching staffs, and are representative of every athletic program we have in our school. Since BFA Fairfax began sending students to this conference, the skills and tools they bring back to their athletic programs have had an invaluable impact on team culture and program success.
The highlight of the conference is the Monday evening Scholar Athlete awards banquet, which recognizes and awards scholarships to the top ten student athlete leaders in the State of Vermont. This year BFA Fairfax was extremely proud to have two recipients of this prestigious honor. Julia Stergas (soccer, softball, basketball, Nordic skiing), and Dylan Lumbra (football, basketball) were recognized and honored for their academic success, leadership potential, and commitment to service in their school and community.
We are extremely proud of our student leaders, and look forward to the numerous contributions they will continue to make to their teams, their athletic programs, and the greater community.
Target 2 – Leadership: FWSU students and staff lead innovative, personalized learning opportunities, both locally and globally.
Indicators of Success for this Target: Students and staff lead as engaged and responsible citizens.
Action Step: Demonstrate learning habits, communication, and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership