Senior Class Council
Senior Class Council representatives Sarah Connaughton, Delaney Gilbert and Gabbie Holland have focused on raising money for the class by selling items and hosting events.
“Regarding fundraising, we have done great,” Connaughton said. “Seniors have made money off of Senior Dads’ Weekend, [Saint Mary’s] monogram sticker sales, The Avenue coordinate necklaces and we are having a Christmas bazaar on Thursday.”
The seniors are pleased with their efforts, they said, as they have been been focusing on finishing up raising money for Senior Week, which will take place in May, and offer bonding opportunities to graduating seniors. They also hope to organize more fundraising efforts next semester.
“We are very happy with fundraising, especially since one of our main objectives is to raise money for senior week,” Connaughton said. “Our events have also been successful, and there is much more to come next semester.”
Junior Class Council
Junior class council representatives Sophie Johnson and Sofie Scott focused on one project in particular this fall: making and selling a Saint Mary’s cookbook.
“This semester we have focused on selling a Saint Mary’s cookbook to fundraise for our senior week, filled with recipes from Saint Mary’s women,” Johnson said.
They collected recipes over the summer and have been selling cookbooks throughout the fall to provide the community with a useful and practical resource. Johnson said the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and has indicated the success of this initiative.
“We have been very successful with sales among current students and alumnae,” she said. “A lot of people have given positive feedback to the fundraiser and we hope to continue sales throughout the rest of the year.”
Sophomore Class Council
Sophomore class council representatives Michelle Lester and Kassandra Acosta have found this year to be very packed but are happy to have accomplished as much as they have so far.
Lester and Acosta said the planning of Sophomore Parents Weekend was a success, and they were pleased with how it turned out.
“It was based around a tailgate theme at the Saint Mary’s Inn, and we watched the Notre Dame football game and had tons of food,” Lester said.
The Sophomore Class Council just hosted their first all-class event and achieved its goal of making time with the class fun and festive, the representatives aid.
“Last week on Thursday, we had our first class event,” Acosta said. “We had 20 dozen chicken strips and mozzarella sticks, gingerbread house making, crafts and mason jar hot chocolate. We also played bingo and gave away presents.”
Lester said the event was a success and they look forward to doing similar events throughout the duration of the year to continue strengthening the bonds of their class. She said the council has more ideas to provide sophomores with fun activities, so they can keep having fun together and get to know each other even more.
“The girls loved our event, and we had a great turn out,” Lester said. “We have some other ideas in mind for next semester, and we can’t wait to continue to bring the Class of 2020 Belles together.”
First-Year Class Council
As brand new members of class council, first-years Margaret Hemmert and Morgan Greene said they are still working on getting the hang of things but are excited to continue working with and learning from others to make their class as happy and comfortable as possible.
“Right now, we’re focused on building community among the first years,” Hemmert said. “All of us first years are still in the process of adjusting to college and being away from home, and one of our main goals is to make that transition easier.”
Hemmert said that the events so far this year have been successful and that the First-Year Class Council is really focused on having a good time with their events in order to bring their class together.
“We’re planning fun events throughout the year to bring the first-years together to relax, have fun and meet each other,” Hemmert said. “We had our first event in November, where we passed out Klondike bars and made bracelets together. It was a really simple idea, but everyone enjoyed it and we had a great turnout.”
Hemmert said she is excited to continue building relationships within the first-year class by organizing more activities the class can participate in together.
“We’re already planning more events for next semester and look forward to strengthening the first-year community even more,” Hemmert said.