Nebo School District hosts stu­dents’ Cap­tains Academy

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On Jan. 8, Nebo School District held the Cap­tains Academy on lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship. Win­ter Cap­tains Academy is held three times each year and in­cludes cap­tains from high school and ju­nior high school teams and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing boys’ bas­ket­ball, girls’ bas­ket­ball, wrestling, boys’ swim­ming, girls’ swim­ming, drill team, band and stu­dent coun­cil.

Nebo School District Ath­letic Co­or­di­na­tor Everett Kele­polo said, “Our mis­sion is to teach the value of com­pe­ti­tion, im­prove the ath­letic skill and develop sports­man­ship. We hope through the Cap­tains Academy that we can help stu­dents, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors un­der­stand the im­pact we can have on lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship through­out our district and state.”

Kele­polo and Nebo School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen started the academy by wel­com­ing stu­dent lead­ers from 12 schools from across Nebo School District.

Payson High School Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Brian Ar­gyle led a dis­cus­sion on “What is a leader?” Then the stu­dents worked in groups to an­swer the ques­tions “What is a leader?” and “What is the role of a cap­tain?”

All of the stu­dent cap­tains sat at ta­bles with their peers from other high schools. They lis­tened to each pre­sen­ter and then worked col­lab­o­ra­tively to present back to the en­tire group their po­si­tion and ideas.

Springville High School Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Cathi Jarvis, who is also the cur­rent Ath­letic Di­rec­tor of the Year for the state of Utah, in­tro­duced “Sports­man­ship.” The stu­dents worked in groups again to an­swer the ques­tions “How can we as lead­ers in­still sports­man­ship at our school?” and “How can we in­still bet­ter sports­man­ship at our school?”

The key­note speech was given by Roger Reid, for­mer col­lege and NBA bas­ket­ball coach. His mo­ti­vat­ing speech was the high­light of the morn­ing. Many of the cap­tains could be heard say­ing that the academy was in­spir­ing.

A big thank you to Laura Salazar, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor at In­ter­moun­tain Health­care, for the de­li­cious lunch pro­vided for the cap­tains and lead­ers.

Cap­tains and lead­ers of teams and groups at Nebo School District ju­nior high schools and high schools met in Jan­uary for the district’s Cap­tains Academy on lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship. Above are the stu­dents who at­tended from district ju­nior high schools.

Above are the high school stu­dents who at­tended Nebo School District’s Cap­tains Academy.

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