Captains and student leaders from six high schools and seven junior high schools attended the Nebo School District’s Winter Academy. The purposes of the Captains’ Academy are to promote sportsmanship between the schools through the captains and leaders working together at the academy, promote better relations between the students and athletes, develop leadership through the academy activities, and develop relationships with coaches and administrators as they present at each academy.
This Winter Captains’ Academy included captains from boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, wrestling, drill team, student government, boys’ swimming, girls’ swimming, and band.
Each high school sends a captain for each sport. The captains do not sit with their own school; rather, they sit with sport captains and leaders from other high schools. The captains listen to each presenter, and then work collaboratively to present their position and ideas back to the entire group.
Athletic Coordinator Everett Kelepolo and Assistant Superintendent Scott Wilson started the academy by welcoming the team captains across Nebo School District.
Principal Kaye Isakeson 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?”
Troy Bohling, Coordinator of Student Services, introduced “Sportsmanship” and 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 Kirk Blad, assistant operations director of LiVe Well Champion. Kirk addressed various ways on how to be successful and live well.
Everett Kelepolo, Nebo School District’s athletic director and organizer of these academies, said, "Captains’ Academy has provided a powerful forum for athletes and school leaders to discuss and implement essential leadership traits and the value of great sportsmanship."
A big thank you to Laura Salazar, Communications Director at Intermountain Healthcare, for the delicious lunch provided for the captains and leaders.