Sophomore On State Advisory Group

Newberg Helps Iowa Girls' Athletic Committee
Posted on 02/23/2021
Jada Newberg, Bishop Heelan Sophomore, has been selected to serve a two-year term on the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Two female athletes from each of the state's four districts serve on the 11-member committee along with three at-large reps. She is the only rep from a Catholic high school.

“Jada is awesome and a great representative of our school,” says Anthony Elias, Heelan athletic director.

In her role Jada is learning how the Union creates postseason and tournament brackets and will have the opportunity to work at state tournaments and see behind the scenes activity.

The mission of IGHSAU is to govern fair, safe and sportsmanlike interscholastic competition in a manner which emphasizes the educational enhancement of all participants. 

Below are Jada's reflections posted at

What sport(s) are you involved in?
I participate in basketball, soccer and cross country.

What is your favorite sports memory?
One of my favorite sports memories is making it to state cross country!

Is there a service project that you are especially proud of?
One of my favorite service projects was volunteering with Special Olympics.

Who is your favorite college/professional athlete? Why is s/he your favorite?
One of my favorites is Michael Jordan. He’s my favorite because he always worked hard even if he was named the best athlete of all time.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of athletics?
I like to hang out with my friends and family.

What is your favorite sports movie?
I like the movie and show Friday Night Lights.

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would you choose?
If I could have dinner with anyone from history, I would choose Jesus.

What are you looking forward to accomplishing as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee?
I want to help athletes deal with the current world situations we are living with.

What is your goal as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee?
To better educate myself and other on how to become better student-athletes.
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