Student Host Organization Thrives Under New Management

New Student Hosts moderator, Development Director Danielle Lavie addresses the crowd of student volunteers at the organization’s signup meeting in the Briggs Assembly Center on Friday, Aug. 12. (photo: Forge Mathes)

(COVINGTON, La)  The Student Hosts, a student service organization which staffs St. Paul’s events, is under new management by the Development Office for the 2017–18 school year. The new moderators of the club are Special Events Director Shelly Campo, Development Secretary Mimi Monteiro and Development Director Danielle Lavie.

“Ms. Karen Hebert, who has been the moderator for many years, decided that she wanted to focus more of her time on admissions. And because she’s not in the classroom anymore, she preferred to let go of that responsibility,” Lavie said. “Since many of the events are hosted by our office, we decided that we would take the responsibilities as the moderators.”

Senior Matthew Borgatti enjoys a slice of pizza at the Student Hosts signup meeting. (photo: Forge Mathes)

The new moderators have a busy schedule lined up for the new school year, with many opportunities for students to get involved in school events and receive service hours, which which is a requirement for every St. Paul’s student.

“We have several events coming up,” Lavie said. “We will have some Hosts for this Monday (Aug. 14) for the new parent reception. We usually have some boys help with mini schedule night. We also have an annual fun dinner at the end of the month, and then of course our big events like Jazz ‘N Roll, Open House, and Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner.”

Returning Hosts, such as senior Stephen Schlottman, plan to take full advantage of the opportunity to staff these events.

“Good way to get service hours, good way to help out,” said Schlottman. “I usually work in the theater; whenever they are having plays I like to walk around with the 50/50 raffle and help people in. I do that a lot.”

Despite the new management, returning Student Hosts will find the same program waiting for them.

“There shouldn’t be any major changes to that program,” Lavie said. “We may actually host some fun lunches further on in the year for the group to get together and to try to improve the fellowship amongst the Student Hosts, but other than that we don’t expect any major changes.”

The first such pizza lunch happened last Friday, Aug. 12, to encourage students to join the program. Students were treated to free pizza and were excited to volunteer. The event brought in many new Student Hosts, such as senior Henry Elliott, who was enthusiastic to help out in the program.

“This will be my first time,” said Elliott. “I’m excited; it’s a new opportunity to help lead the school.”

Anyone who is interested in Student Hosts, or students who want to join, can email Lavie at d.lavie@stpauls.com or go to the Development Office (the one story building next to Benilde Hall) to pick up an application form.

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