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2019 DIAA Student Leadership Conference


Lewes, DE (August 4, 2019) – Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) held its 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference for thirty-one student-athletes from twenty-three different high schools.  The conference was from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th at the Virden Retreat Center in Lewes, Delaware.  The theme for the weekend was “Together We Are All In It”. 


"It is a bitter sweet day as I complete my 13th and last DIAA SLC.  This group of student-athletes as the 12 before them always amaze me.  They recharge my faith in the excellent value of interschcolastic athletics.  I wish them all the best as they continue their high school and collegiate athletic careers and I thank them for their hard work this weekend", said DIAA Executive Director, Thomas "Tommie" Neubauer,

The first day of the conference student-athletes enjoyed icebreaker sessions with Dave Warick, teacher, author, singer and director who conducted interactive communication skill activities to enhance verbal and nonverbal skills.  Executive Director Neubauer shared the purpose, processes and operations of DIAA.  This proved most beneficial for students in getting their questions answered regarding brackets, seeding formulas, sport budgets, equipment, scheduling, field management and recruiting to name of few.  Students ended the night participating in a t-shirt exchange showing sportsmanship and respect for others.

The second day of the conference student-athletes who attended the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) in July were presenters for the morning session: “Perspective and Inclusion” by Katie Zabel, Sanford and Patrick Campbell, Brandywine; “Relationship Building and Maintenance” by Emma Evan, Sussex Central and Jessica Tyndall, Lake Forest; “Creating a Healthy Culture on Your Team” by Ondrea Boyer, Glasgow and “Brain Mapping or (Goal Setting in the 21st Century) by Monroe Hite IV.  The afternoon activities students traveled to Camp Barnes where they participated in Field Day activities with Special Olympics.  The evening was closed out with a recap of today’s sessions and student-athletes conducting skits of different leadership scenarios.

The last day of the conference students learned about Emergency Action Plans, NCAA Eligibility requirements and shared their action plans and how they will share the leadership qualities and skills learned with teammates and their school athletic family. 

The following schools were represented at this year’s conference:

  • AI DuPont High School – Chloe Garcia and Jared Witte
  • Brandywine High School – Moira Dinkins and Patrick Campbell
  • Caesar Rodney High School – Monroe Hite IV
  • Caravel Academy – Sydney Bedwell and Josh Morrow
  • Charter School of Wilmington – Ashley Steiner
  • Concord High School – Lindsey Wagner
  • Conrad School – Ja’Nylah Whittlesey
  • Delaware Military Academy – Madeline Kuennen
  • Glasgow High School – Ondrea Boyer
  • Hodgson Vo-Tech High School – CJ Henry
  • Lake Forest High School – Jessica Tyndall
  • Middletown High School – Emma Fisher
  • Newark Charter School – Manakamana Olivia Upreti and Will Dubecq
  • Sanford School – Katie Zabel and Jason Lamey
  • Elizabeth High School – Arianna Henry
  • Sussex Academy – Bridget Cosgrove
  • Sussex Central High School – Emma Evan and Tyler Sosnoski
  • Tower Hill School – Jennifer Cleary and Sean Beberman
  • Ursuline Academy – Corinne Furey
  • William Penn High School – Elizabeth Waguespack
  • Wilmington Christian School – Michaela Elliott
  • Wilmington Friends School – Ava Cottone and Anthony Dixon
  • Woodbridge High School – Xavier Jayden Hayes