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Planning for Welcome Week

Being one of the first traditions freshmen experience and the first big tradition of the school year, so much goes into making a good start of the school year. Student council has to plan everything down to the most minuscule detail. I wanted to learn about the process of planning Welcome Week from a student who has had a lot of experience with it, so I talked to
senior Sophie Harvat, our student council president.

Upperclass women water balloon toss, juniors in yellow and seniors in black.

When asked to talk about fond memories from planning past Welcome Weeks, Sophie explained that her sophomore year was her favorite because she was getting a hang of the school traditions and could finally help plan the activities. Being a senior, she was sad that this was her last Welcome Week but was excited to make it a very good one for her friends.

Underclass women flag football game, freshmen in blue and sophomores in gray

I wanted to get various perspectives so I also talked to Clare Gonka, a junior in her first year of student council. Clare fondly reminisced of the welcome picnic her freshman year where she met her best friends at Mercy. Instead of being overwhelmed by being thrown into all of the work put into the planning for  welcome week, Clare embraced it and enjoyed working with the other girls on student council. Clare said “It’s a lot more work than anyone ever thinks about, planning all these activities. It’s so fun to plan and even more fun to be a part of and be able to work and see everyone have fun. It’s just so rewarding.”

Erin Hardy
I’m a theater kid who loves chickens a little too much. / Around Mercy Editor
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