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Taking Over The HOCO Reigns

Mrs. Gerard
Mrs. Gerard featured in the bottom row, second from right

With Homecoming just around the corner, many students are making plans for the dance. Mrs. Gerard, however, has been planning this dance for quite a while.

After the departure of Ms. Goedeke, Mrs. Gerard was chosen to step up and take over the role as special events coordinator. This being her second year a part of the St. Dominic community, she plans to get more involved with the student body, especially the special events committee.

“I chose to take this over because I love the community here at St. Dominic. I wanted to make sure that all of our events were run smoothly, and I wanted to also get to know the student body better.  One way to do that is to get involved with the student body themselves and with an organization like this,” Mrs. Gerard said. 

Mrs. Gerard is not the only member of the special events committee. She also works with house leadership, including the HOHs, who have taken over the responsibility of the pep rally.

“We are in charge of making sure we design shirts, get themes together, decorate for the dance, ticket collections, and everything related to the actual dance for homecoming,” Mrs. Gerard said.

This year, one of the changes Mrs. Gerard is emphasizing, is more student involvement. The fact that everyone involved with decorating and planning works well together definitely helps the special events committee be more effective over all.  

“We work in our groups, we do subgroups, and then they get to decide what areas they like to work at first. So that helps, and they share their ideas to the group and then we all decide together on everything that we do so our theme is actually unanimous,” Mrs. Gerard said. 

In addition to getting involved with the special events committee, Mrs. Gerard has taken up the position of freshman cheer coach. As a former cheerleader herself, she finds it very rewarding to be able to give back to the cheer community as a coach.

“I love freshman cheer. I grew up cheering and I cheered all the way through college. This is my outlet to still enjoy cheer,” Mrs. Gerard said. 

Although Mrs. Gerard has a lot on her plate, she still is managing to make Homecoming night a special night for all St. Dominic students. She plans to make a great impression with her first event and to make next year even better!

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Haley Cannavan, Staff Writer
Haley Cannavan is a Senior at St. Dominic. She is a leader of the St. Dominic American Sign Language and Culture Clubs. Outside of school, Haley likes to read, play the guitar, and spend time outside.

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