Meet the new Athletic Commissioners
After extensive campaigning, juniors Kellie May and Michael Bellas have been elected to the positions of Girls and Boys Athletic Commissioners respectively and wish to accomplish the goals they have set for the upcoming school year.
As Athletic Commissioners, May and Bellas are responsible for choosing the athletes of the month, planning the games of the week and Pack the Gym nights and deciding senior days for each sport to recognize seniors on the team.
For both, it is not their first time holding an Associated Student Body (ASB) office. Bellas is currently the ASB treasurer and May the secretary. May’s position on ASB allowed her to directly interact with the current Girls Athletic Commissioner, senior Danielle Solaru.
“This year, I want to expand on this position to get greater attendance to sporting events,” May said.
May, once a volleyball and soccer player, now competes in a variety of events in track and field, including hurdles, high jump and shot put. Experiencing a varied number of sports, she has seen a negative trend in most girls sporting events.
“Though I think boys sports definitely deserve the attention they get, it makes me sad how little attention girls sports get. For example, when the Girls Volleyball team beat Woodbridge in Pack the Gym night last year, most people forgot about it,” May said.
May plans on creating events similar to Pack the Gym night for girls sports as there are for boys sports. Such events would offer free items, such as food or Northwood spiritwear to the first 100 or so people who come to the event.
Bellas is well-versed in the life of an athlete, playing football and lacrosse on the varsity level since his freshman year. Like Kelly, Bellas’ position in ASB has been a learning experience for his position as Boys Athletic Commissioner, by directly observing current commissioner senior Jake Linsky.
“I think the current Boys Athletic Commissioner this year was great with people, also probably the best athlete that Northwood had. What I want to do is everything he did and more,” Bellas said. “I want to be able to pass on my passion for Northwood athletics to the student body.”
Bellas plans on garnering more interest in the games of the week through greater promotion and awareness throughout school.
“I hope each sport has maximum participation, particularly at the games where there is not usually much of a crowd,” Bellas said.