National Student Leadership Council & Student of the Year
2016-2017 Student Leadership Council
The SADD National Student Leadership Council (SLC) plays a major role in the continued success of SADD. Through a selective application process, these bright minds have been chosen to represent the organization because of the leadership and advocacy positions they have taken in their respective communities in the areas of traffic safety, substance abuse prevention and the myriad of other issues affecting youth today.
This year’s SLC members hail from eight different states across the country – from Florida to California. The SLC spearheads the planning of the National Conference every year and serves as an overall think tank for the organization’s direction. The group is represented on the SADD National Board of Directors by the Student of the Year, who chairs the Council, and by the Student of the Year Emeritus.
2016-2017 Student Leadership Council
Kirtana Choragudi, Michigan – Student of the Year
Kirtana joined SADD at the beginning of her freshman year in high school and quickly became very passionate about using peer-to-peer education methods to limit the number of preventable teen deaths among her peers. Kirtana served a three-year term as president of her small, rural chapter and helped to grow the group from six members to 70. For her great work, Kirtana was chosen as a student advocate for SADD SPEAKs and attended her first SADD conference in 2015, which she described as life-changing. Now, as the SADD National Student of the Year, Kirtana continues to be passionate about ensuring all communities, both urban and rural, have the resources they need to help reach a day where there are ZERO lives lost from destructive decisions.
In high school, Kirtana was also a section/squad leader in the band, student director of the chorale and President of the National Honor Society. You can find Kirtana at the University of Michigan, where she is a freshman studying business.
Corey Martin, Florida
With a passion to help lead the charge against teen fatalities, Corey has been a force in his community and president of his SADD chapter for the last three years. He was also selected as an ambassador for the Teen Safe Driving coalition and nominated the Teen Advisor for A Drug-Free SWFL. Corey’s determination to increase awareness on the areas of traffic safety and youth personal health and safety has helped him gain recognition in his community and led to his seat on this year’s SLC.
Outside of SADD, Corey is a lieutenant Colonel in the CCHS JROTC Battalion and is President of the Cadet Board. You can find Corey at Florida SouthWestern State College, where he is a freshman.
Meah Ezykowsky, Pennsylvania
Meah joined SADD her sophomore year in high school, years after losing her father due to an impaired driver. She served as the Pennsylvania Student of the Year before being selected for the national SLC. Meah has told her story across the country with SADD, in hopes of encouraging others to be responsible with their life and the lives of others. Meah hopes to help those with drug and alcohol addictions in the future by continuing to speak about the dangers of impaired driving.
You can find Meah at Seton Hill University, where she is a freshman studying social work.
Lindsay Fries, Ohio
Lindsay was member and leader of the Northwestern High School SADD Chapter, where she was inspired by the values of the organization. As President, she was involved in chapter activities and fundraisers as well as a key participant in state events like the Ohio DomeShift Conference, Drugged Driving=Done Driving program kick-off at the Ohio State House, and ongoing seat belt safety and advocacy in her school and community. In 2015, she participated in SADD SPEAKs, before being selected to serve on this year’s SLC.
In addition to her work with SADD during high school, Lindsay was active in 4-H, FFA, youth ministry, marching band and volunteering in her community. You can now find Lindsay at the University of Findlay, where she is a Freshman in the College of Pharmacy.
Nathanael Smit, South Dakota
Nate was the President of his Custer, South Dakota SADD chapter for the entirety of his high school career. Nate has been involved in many advocacy and prevention efforts of drugs and alcohol, and has been outspoken about traffic safety, suicide and personal health in his community. He is currently active in LGBT+ groups on his college campus, as well a group called Men in the Movement, working to end sexual violence. Nate has expressed that SADD has given him a voice and helped him to initiate change and make a positive impact on his community.
You can find Nate at Colorado State University, where he is a freshman studying psychology, with a concentration in substance abuse counseling and a minor in woman, gender and race equality.
Kaylee Williams, California
As her chapter president and member of SADD SPEAKs, Kaylee has used her positions within SADD as a platform to address issues found in her community, some of them hitting close too close to home. In 2015, a friend at her high school committed suicide. The tragic accident has motivated Kaylee to make big changes in her community regarding prevention and youth health and safety.
You can find Kaylee at California State University San Marcos, where she is a freshman studying political science. She has future plans to become a law enforcement officer and is an Explorer with the Murrieta Police Department.
Alyssa Royce, New Jersey
Alyssa has been involved with SADD since her freshman year in high school, and has served as her chapter’s co-president. In addition to being on the SLC, she has been a member of SADD SPEAKs, and helped raise over $70,000 for a Texting and Driving Prevention Summit in her hometown. Alyssa is now spearheading the SLC’s efforts in planning conference. In high school, she was president of the Spanish National Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and the recipient of the Middlesex County’s Caring Persons Award.
You can find Alyssa at Stockton University, where she is a freshman in the Honors Program studying business management. She hopes to continue in the non-profit space as a career path.
Bailey Bindle, Nebraska
Bailey’s journey with SADD started her junior year in high school, when she became the founder and president of her chapter, after realizing her peers were in need of a positive and welcoming group to promote a healthy lifestyle. Bailey has grown her chapter with great success over the past couple years and has expressed that SADD has empowered her to utilize her leadership skills to initiate big changes she would like to see across the nation.
In high school, Bailey also served as the president of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club, a member of the Student Council, and an active participant in Nebraska’s Youth Action Board. You can find Bailey at Peru State College, where she is a Freshman with a double major in criminal justice counseling and psychology.
Bryan Delaney, Massachusetts – Student of the Year Emeritus
In his school SADD chapter, Bryan hosted a “Concert For a Cause” to raise awareness about distracted driving and substance abuse and also played a key role in passing a local ordinance to ban smoking in local parks. As the 2015-16 SADD National Student of the Year, Bryan was responsible for heading the Student Leadership Council. As the Student of Year Emeritus, Bryan serves on the Board of Directors and helps oversee the current SLC.
You can find Bryan at Ithaca College, where he is a sophomore.