FHN and FHC Students, Coaches, Administrators Attend MSHSAA Sportsmanship Summit

Posted on 08/02/2017
FHN Students and Activities Director Attend MSHSAA Leadership Summit

In the Francis Howell School District, activities directors and coaches don’t just want to develop great student-athletes, but great leaders and community members, as well. For instance, Francis Howell Central and Francis Howell North High Schools dispatched a delegation of a few of their top student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to the MSHSAA Sportsmanship Summit, on June 9, at Jefferson City High School. It was a day of learning more about how to better leaders on the field of play and in the participants’ community.

“We enjoyed a very successful and productive day,” FHC Activities Director Scott Harris said, “and we are very honored to have been able to attend this event. These students and coaches were able to take part in the breakout sessions and interact with students from throughout the state.”

All three high schools have been named MSHSAA Leadership Schools, and FHN AD Mike Janes takes pride in the distinction. “The Activities Department is proud to be named a MSHSAA Leadership School,” Janes said. “This award is deserved because of the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and the FHN community. FHN participated in this year's MSHSAA Sportsmanship Summit, with our students participating in engaging team-building activities and improving their sportsmanship.”

Jim Van Allen performed the keynote address. Van Allen has been presenting curricula for the Jon Gordon Companies for ten years, a leadership coaching group that preaches positivity in people, leaders, and teams. Van Allen’s keynote address, was called, “Team, Not Applause: Inspirational Tales from the Hard Hart.” His high-energy presentation engaged audience members, and got them talking about the “team” concept for student-athletes. Harris said, “The opening general session was an interactive and memorable experience for the student and adult delegates on how to become a true leader through positive action and taking advantage of opportunities to show leadership skills.”

Breakout sessions followed, with delegates participating in activities and roundtables that inspired the student athletes to be the best teammate, in order to build the best team. Subsequent sessions dovetailed off each other.

The breakout session “#MOBestFans,” had student athletes come up with unofficial guidelines for student cheering sections. For FHC and FHN, this was not anything new, as they have earned praise from MSHSAA for several consecutive years for sportsmanship. Harris said, “It is our goal to have our student groups have fun, but to also be positive as they cheer on their team.”

The final breakout session, “Leadership Ranch,” was about building team unity, chemistry, and camaraderie. “This session allowed our students to understand and discuss the essential elements of teamwork,” Harris said, “and possible ways you can encourage their team and groups to function at a higher level. The focus of this session was on creating unique bonds and working processes; the effectiveness of learning through experiences is universal.”

Administrators and coaches participated in breakout sessions, as well, joining in the “3D Coaching” workshop, which encouraged coaches and administrators to get away from one-dimensional thinking – that the sport or activity is so much more than that, but a way to reach students. Harris said, “Coaches and Administrations came away with strategies they can use in order to capture the heart of their athletes and focus on building and maintaining relationships.”

The student athletes were able to take away these key points:

  • Apply effective strategies and ideas on how to become a leader.
  • Promote tolerance and appreciation of diversity and reciprocal respect.
  • Deal with poor attitudes and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Change or create a positive school and classroom climate.
  • Identify the challenges and develop an action plan for college readiness.

Attending delegates from FHC:

  • Scott Harris – Activities Director
  • Hayley Leake – Head Girls Basketball Coach
  • Callie Bratsch
  • Hannah Currant
  • Yani Curry
  • Sophie Delaney
  • Jordan Floyd
  • Jordan Hayden
  • Mariah Johnson
  • Mackenzie Jones
  • Bryce Lee
  • Austin McKinley
  • Caitlyn Swaringim

Attending delegates from FHN:

  • Mike Janes – AD
  • Jada Adkinson
  • Dillon Lauer
  • Samantha Cary
  • Maggie Hillman
  • Katie Richardson


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