Local student athlete representation coming to OSAA

A new council of students from all classifications has been formed that will allow athletes to give their input towards issues in the OSAA as they arise. North Douglas junior Logan Gant has been selected to be part of the counsel for the 1A classification.

“He’s going to be able to take this responsibility and not only grow for himself, but help others as well. He’s going to help the other 1A kids have a voice. I think that’s fantastic,” said North Douglas Track and Field coach Judith Burnett.

The council held their first introductory meeting to discuss what it will regularly look like on Friday April 29. They will meet monthly moving forward.

“Kids have such loud voices and there is not a lot of chances for them to be heard. By giving them an official position and giving them a platform, you’re looking at a benefit because now we are hearing from the ones who we’re running everything for. That’s giving the voice to the people who need it. Adults can’t always dictate what kids need or do. We have a good understanding because we were once there ourselves, but in the moment, kids could need something we aren’t aware of yet because of generational changes,” added Burnett.

Gant participates in cross country, basketball, and track and field, earning team captain honors in each sport. He also served on the student counsel as treasurer his freshman year and is a member of the National Honor Society.

“As someone who participates in athletics I just think I can be a good representative for the schools at the 1A level,” said Gant. “I’d love to go do cross country and track in college. Hopefully those accolades can help me. I enjoy that type of stuff, that’s what motivates me to do it,” added Gant.

To add to his resume, Gant also excels as part of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and is a connection crew leader team Eagle Cap, a student led mentorship program.

“It is a well-deserved placement for that kid,” said Burnett. “I’ve worked with him for three years in both cross country and track and field. That is a kid that you ask him to do something, he’ll get it done. You give him a goal and he will figure it out. Just by the amount of extracurricular activities he takes on, the clubs, student councils, the sports, and the fact he excels at whatever he takes on…shows he is willing work”.