Jacqueline Chao
Assistant to the head of high school Valerie Velo

Valerie Velo, assistant to the head of high school, will become Student Council adviser next year, replacing dean of student life Patricia Jacobsen, who has held the job for 10 years.

Velo said she is both very nervous and excited to become the new adviser.

“(Jacobsen) has left a great impression as the adviser,” Velo said. “I’m not sure if I can meet up to the expectations of the students.

“(However), I’m really excited to interact with students next year. I don’t get to do that a lot since I’m like a hermit in my office most days.”

Jacobsen said she has been playing more roles for the school than she can handle and barely has time to spend with her own family.

In addition to being the Student Council adviser and the dean of student life, Jacobsen teaches Algebra II, Algebra II Honors and Pre-Calculus classes.

“I had wanted to stop advising Student Council for several years,” Jacobsen said. “But I haven’t since I like doing it so much.”

Jack Christian
Valerie Velo takes a Postmates order, one of her many responsibilities as assistant to the head of high school, from junior Mehdi Lacombe. Next year Velo’s responsibilities will include advising Student Council.

Jacobsen added that she loves planning student events but is now exhausted.

“With teaching all the classes and trying to keep up with everything, I don’t think I can remain as happy as I want to be,” she said.

As the adviser, Jacobsen guided Student Council members in making decisions and preparing for events, such as the Ancil Hoffman picnic, back-to-school movie night, Spirit Week and dances.

“(I will miss) spending time with (members of the Student Council) who want to make the school year really fun,” Jacobsen said. “It provides a nice break from my classroom role.”

According to Velo, Jacobsen has been preparing her for her future role by discussing what events must happen during the school year and what tasks need to be performed for each.

Junior Monique Lonergan, who will be the student body president, said she is excited for another fun year of Student Council.

“I’m looking forward to planning new events,” Lonergan said. “With a new adviser, we just need to (learn to) work as a team.”

Originally published in the June 6 edition of the Octagon.

—By Ming Zhu