Cold water surrounded the swimmers as they dove into the pool to begin their races at the LHSAA State Meet in Sulphur, LA. Excitement filled their faces as they exited the pool, claiming fifth place in state.
Senior Rileigh Centanni placed second overall in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:09.49. Centanni also exceled in the 100-yard fly by placing in the top 16. “I’m so proud of myself and the team in how we did. It was a great way to end the season!” said Centanni.
Thirteen girls, ranging from eighth grade to senior year, qualified for state: eighth graders Kaylee Caro and Brianna Leatham; freshmen Riley Crespo, Brooke DiMaggio and Allyson Johnson; sophomores Olivia Cassreino, Catherine Kernion, Cecilia Hanemann and Emma Sullivan; junior Audrey Wild; and seniors Reese Centanni, Rileigh Centanni and Morgan Gunnels.
The swim team’s record of success didn’t start with state. At the District Meet in mid-October at the UNO Aquatic Center, the girls dominated the pool and earned second place. Additionally, the team placed fifth at the Metro Meet which also took place at UNO later that month.
Many team members had travelled to the state meet before, but for eighth graders Kaylee Caro and Brianna Leatham, it was a first-time experience like no other. “I was excited to go because everyone is supportive, and the seniors are so welcoming,” said Leatham.
Teammates cheering on teammates brings joy to Ms. Erin Baker’s eyes. “The girls learn it’s not just an individual sport. They also have to cheer on their teammates,” said Ms. Baker (’95), swim team moderator.
With morning practices twice a week and meets once a week since the start of school, the swim team puts so much effort into everything they do. “[This season] I’ve learned how much you put in is how much you get out,” said Kernion. “If you work hard enough you’ll achieve your goals!”
As longtime members of the team since eighth grade, Gunnels and the Centanni twins, Rileigh and Reese, have made their last splash into the water wearing the DHS uniform. “It’s sad because it’s something I’ve doing for so long,” said Gunnels. “This team made me a better person.
“Everyone on the team has shown me how to be the best person I can be and to never give up.”
In November, the Dominican Debs celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of sisterhood, dance and tradition.
“The Debs are so much more than just an
extracurricular or a dance team. The Debs represent hard work, dedication and
faithfulness,” said Mrs. Carolyn Favre (’70), principal of St. Mary’s Dominican
The tradition that started fifty years
ago by Dominican P.E. teacher Mrs. Carmen Gaudet continues today under the
leadership of Mrs. Fran Gandolfi Moran (’87). “Mrs. Gaudet was a pioneer in the
dance team world. Everyone had so much respect for her,” said Mrs. Moran. A Deb
alumna herself, Mrs. Moran has coached the Debs for the past seven years.
As part of their fiftieth anniversary
celebration, the Deb alumnae performed with the current Debs at the Brother
Martin High School football game on Nov. 1 in Tad Gormley Stadium. The women
traveled back to their time on the team by dancing in the stands with shakers
and pom poms.
Through the years, hundreds of women
have been part of the sisterhood that is the Debs. On the day of the celebration,
Dominican hosted more than 50 women – alums from the class of 1970 to the class
“Saints’ and sages’ names enrolled” – After adding their names to those in the Veritas Tower, Deb alums gather for a group selfie.Capturing the joy of the Debs 50th anniversary are Mrs. Lorraine Melito Hess (’86), Mrs. Becky Gandolfi Gottsegen (’86), Mrs. Fran Gandolfi Moran (’87), Mrs. Jaimie Gandolfi Majoria (’83), and Mrs. Laura Gandolfi Berrigan (’79).
Celebrating with other Deb alumnae
brought back great memories for Mrs. Jill Curry Cabes (’87), vice president,
Dominican Catholic Identity. “Being on the team gave me the opportunity to become
friends with so many more people than just the girls in my grade. The best part?
We are still friends today,” said Mrs. Cabes.
Mrs. Amy Elmer Calongne (‘08) agrees
with Mrs. Cabes. “Being a Deb allowed me to bond with other girls through dancing,
competing and representing my school,” said Mrs. Calongne.
The Deb alumnae had such a great time at the celebration that they want to do it again. According to Mrs. Moran and Deb Moderator Mrs. Sina Raymond Baldwin (’84), there will be a special game dedicated to Deb alumnae every football season.
Dominican recognizes the time and
talent of Deb alums. With their legacy, Mrs. Moran has high expectations for
the incoming classes. She said talent coming in is very strong.
“The Debs are a highlight of Dominican High School,” said Mrs. Favre “Without them, Dominican would have a void.”
The Dominican volleyball team fought their way
into the Pontchartrain Center for the LHSAA Volleyball State finals in
November. They bested the competition through the quarter and semi-finals,
ending a successful season as Division I State Runner-Up.
Throughout the season, the team paved their own path to finals. On Friday, Nov. 15, the team dominated the semi-final game against Mandeville High with a 3-1 win. This match was especially representative of the team’s growth, according to Mrs. Jessica Chatellier, the team’s head coach, who was honored with the title of Division I Coach of the year.
“Friday’s game was a culmination of everything they
had done this season,” said Mrs. Chatellier. “They really have made leaps and
bounds to play like this.” She said the game reflected the dedication the girls
had put forth since day one.
The tournament was a return visit to the Pontchartrain
Center for Mrs. Ashlee Juhas (’04), the team’s assistant coach, who went to the
state tournament in 2003 under Mrs. Chatellier’s coaching. “It was really
exciting to have the experience of state from two different levels, both as
player and as coach, especially with her [Mrs. Chatellier],” Mrs. Juhas said.
The team, consisting of four upperclassmen and
eight underclassmen, is affectionately known as the Fuzzy Dozen. The captains –
sophomore Kate Baker, setter, and senior Ally Firmin, defensive specialist – led
with a calm authority, according to the team. “We were really focused on bringing
energy and confidence to our fellow teammates,” said Baker.
The team boasted multiple standout players. Senior
Olivia Peyton, middle blocker, was named All-District MVP with a total of 400
kills and 40 blocks this season. Other players who made All-District are Baker
and sophomore Brooke Couret, first team; junior Elizabeth Hardouin, second
team; and honorable mentions, freshmen O’Neil Haddad and Zoe Smith.
Additionally, Peyton, Baker, and Hardouin were selected to the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-State team. The three players were picked for the All-Metro team as well with Couret selected as an honorable mention. Baker and Peyton were also chosen to the 2019 Clarion Herald Elite Team.
Part of the team’s recipe for success was the
energy provided by students and fans at games. “We wouldn’t have made it [to
the finals] without our amazing seniors on the team and the student body. Our
fans are a huge part of our success,” said Hardouin, a defensive specialist for
Senior Kennedy Payne was one of those dedicated
DominiFans. “Going to volleyball games just fills you up with passion for your
school,” said Payne. “It’s amazing to see everyone have so much pride in
“Although we didn’t take the state championship, I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Mrs. Chatellier said. “These girls have been so incredible, and I think we’ll be in a great place for next season.”
With patriotic flair, Dominican’s Drama Club members entered the dining hall center stage in November, donned in patriotic colors, to perform its annual Instant Theatre review. Hundreds of fans were in attendance for the annual event that showcased singing, dancing and acting. The annual showcase left the crowd saluting the students in this year’s theme, “Instant Theatre Wants You!”
much-anticipated Instant Theatre also premiered the announcement of the 2020 Spring
Musical, Newsies, which will debut in April.
For twenty-one years, Mrs. Rosalie Abadie, Drama Club moderator, has staged Instant Theatre. Mrs. Abadie sees this ensemble performance as an all-inclusive show that exposes drama members to the stage. “Instant Theatre gives students the opportunity to perform and choose the type of act which best shows off their particular talent,” said Mrs. Abadie.
Instant Theatre boasted a range of acts, from a scene from the movie Mean
Girls presented by junior Olivia Olson to a song from the Broadway musical Waitress
performed by junior Camille Vincent. The show also presented original
pieces such as a contemporary dance by junior Emily Dominique and senior Kennedi
Melancon, as well as skits written and performed by Drama Club members.
“We have an
amazing community of talented girls who can put on a great show,” said
senior Olivia Boudreaux, who participated in multiple acts, including a cover of
Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”
“And the best part about Instant Theatre
is the love and support each performer gets,” added Boudreaux.
In 1998, Instant
Theatre started as a one-night performance in the Dramatics Assembly room (familiarly
known as the D.A.) in St. Mary’s Hall. Instant Theatre grew to be such a hit
that it had to become a two-night showcase and was moved into the Dining Hall.
Director Mrs. Jessica Sita Couch (’05) participated in some of the first productions
of Instant Theatre. Ms. Couch and her friends became known for doing “coffee
talks” inspired by Saturday Night Live.
“I’m so glad that Instant Theatre has gone so far since then,” said Mrs. Couch,
“and that I have gotten to see the growth of the event and of the Drama Club.”
Theatre’s popularity is evident. The seats were filled for both nights, with a
total , attendance of about 350 people.
Club members had to adjust to performing for such a sizable audience. “Stepping
on stage and seeing the great crowd we brought in was overwhelming at first
glance,” said sophomore Maddie Ascani, who sang “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now”
from the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. “But as soon as I started
to sing, I was confident in myself.”
Senior Iyian Paige,
Drama Club president, holds Instant Theatre very close to her heart. “Instant
Theatre can show you who you really are. I’ve heard club members say that they
surprised themselves when they walk off stage after their first or final
performance,” said Paige. “When you take the stage, it’s truly yours. Everyone
is looking up at you and they’re full of nothing but support for you.”
Theatre is not Broadway, it creates a connection between the students on stage
and the great supporters of the Dominican community.
“Instant Theatre is not just a talent show,” said Paige. “It is a special showcase made by Dominican, for Dominican.”
With a stroke of her brush and a dab of her finger, Ms. Maggie McGovern (’14) transformed sophomore Megan Eisert from a DHS student to a spooky Halloween skeleton.
In October, Dominican alum McGovern visited the Drama Club to speak about her career and show students all the fun tricks she had up her sleeve. The busy makeup artist/elementary school teacher took some time out of her schedule to prove to students that working in the entertainment industry doesn’t stop with performing.
Since leaving Dominican, McGovern has not parted ways with the dramatic arts as she has worked with both New Orleans Opera and Loyola University Opera, ensuring that the opera’s wish was her command.
McGovern has also worked for the well-known company Too Faced Cosmetics along with doing makeup for film. In addition to working on filmes, McGovern has also worked with vocal performers. Her most exciting client yet? “I did make-up for soul singer Kyle Dion, the opening act for (popular R&B singer) Ella Mai,” she said.
The Pro-Life Club adopted babies! Well, sort of.
Members spiritually adopted babies that could possibly be aborted. Everyone prayed for these unborn babies, then each club member received a pin representing the feet of a baby in utero. The club members named their babies as a reminder to keep praying for them.
Club Moderator Mrs. Theresa Maquar (‘70) continues to get the baby feet pins year after year because they serve as a witness to club members and to other people out in the world. “The Dominican Order prays so we, as Dominicans, should live by prayer, too,” said Mrs. Maquar.
Throughout the school year, the club officers will give updates about the stages of development the babies would be progressing.
Students for Human Dignity and Diversity in Action
October was National Hispanic Heritage Month, so Ms. Bianca San Martin (’08) joined the Students for Human Dignity and Diversity in Action and taught them how to dance the salsa, bachata and mernegue.
Ms. San Martin is passionate about dance, and her focus is Latin dance. “I started Latin dancing when I was a sophomore in high school,” Ms. San Martin said. She said loves coming back to Dominican to Hispanic culture and heritage ls over Hispanic culture and heritage through music and dance.
Ms. Bianca San Martin said that she was proud to have been able to represent the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and her own dance instruction business, NOLA Fleaux Productions, LLC.
On Oct. 19, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome became an engineer’s dream for the Dominican Robotics Teams.
Participating in the Saints and Pelicans Stem Fest, both the Valkyrie and Ultraviolet teams shared information about their robots and FTC competitions with the visitors who flocked to their display table.
“It was really cool to interact with people who are interested in the same things we are!” said junior Sydney Raymond, communications officer for the Robotics Team. “I loved telling people about what we are doing at Dominican with robotics.”
While breaking down codes and unraveling the science of DNA, the Biotechnology Club dives deep into the world of genetics.
Club moderator Mrs. Janine Koenig has been formulating a plan for genetic coding in the lab. Members of Biotech did a genetic coding lab to test which of seven “patients” were positive or negative for a disease. They mixed the genetic sample with an antigen, or foreign substance, to see if there were any immune responses. If the sample in the vial turned blue, the sample was positive for the disease.
Senior and President of Biotechnology Club Catherine Zimmerman led her club members in the experiment. Zimmerman said biology class and Mrs. Koenig inspired her to participate in the Biotechnology Club during her freshman year. She specifically enjoys being able to do hands on experiments in the lab, but outside of the actual classroom.
Reading Recommendations for the Bibliophile in Each One of Us
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval, the first book in the Caraval trilogy by Stephanie Garber, is a thrilling page-turner that follows the story of Scarlett, whose desire to leave the island where her father has been mistreating her for years is second only to her desire to keep her sister, Donatella, safe. Scarlett’s plans to wed a count and finally get herself and her sister off the island turn awry when she receives tickets to Caraval, a massive, magical, interactive performance hosted by a man known only as Legend. Her life spirals out of control as Donatella and a mysterious sailor named Julian kidnap Scarlett and sail to Caraval, as Donatella goes missing, and as she is pulled into a game designed to deceive and mystify its participants. As Caraval starts to near its close and Scarlett still hasn’t found her sister, she is forced to decide who to trust in a world built of lies and illusions, and a game that is allegedly merely an elaborate performance begins to seem more sinister.
This novel is perfect for those who loved the magic of the Harry Potter series and the twists and turns of the movie Spider Man: Far From Home. It is impossible to put down and will keep readers guessing until the very end. Caraval blurs the lines between reality and pretend and makes it rather difficult for both Scarlett and the reader to “remember, it’s only a game.”
Brain on Fire: My
Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is an award-winning
memoir and instant New York Times bestseller. The memoir
chronicles Susannah Cahalan’s rapid
descent into madness as she experiences seizures, intense paranoia,
hallucinations, mood swings, and insomnia. In every sense of the word, she
descends into madness. No one –not even her doctors– can figure out the root
cause of her illness as she experiences both symptoms of mental and physical
As a writer for the New York Post, Susannah Cahalan speaks from a distinct, journalistic perspective by simplifying the heavy science/medical jargon, piecing together her story, and writing with brutal honesty. The condition that she has (you have to read to find out just what it is!) leaves her with gaps in her memory from her time in the hospital. By writing her story, she manages to piece together information from friends, family members, doctors, video tapes from the hospital, journal entries from those around her, and notes from doctors about her case in a completely seamless manner, which immediately drew me into the book.
The book is written from her perspective and chronologically unfolds the events leading up to and through her time spent hospitalized. The memoir is raw, real, and extremely vulnerable. Susannah Cahalan’s unique writing style shines throughout the memoir, creating a story that is not only extremely captivating but, also, well-written.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
If you are looking of a story filled with ghosts, secrets, and mysteries, Kate Milford’s Greenglass House is filled to the brim with them. This mysterious tale stars twelve-year-old Milo Pine and his adoptive parents who own and live in Greenglass House. Milo expects to have a relaxing Christmas break with his parents, until several guests arrive at the inn. Each guest seems to have secrets and an ulterior motive for staying at Greenglass House, which turns into the perfect mystery for Milo and Meddy, Milo’s new friend, to solve during the holidays. The odd, secretive guests each share something about their lives which strangely connects them to each other and to Greenglass House, and it is up to Meddy and Milo to figure out what strange things are afoot during the Christmas season.
A perfect story to read during the holidays, Greenglass House contains an adventurous mystery the audience is trying to solve along with the main character. A tale of weird, odd guests and a boy just wishing for a quiet Christmas break merges together to form the perfect mystery.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion is a fast-paced story that grips you as soon as you start reading. It follows the perspective of two narrators in two time periods: Helena Smith, a young neuroscientist with a passion to preserve memories and, five years later, a bitter New York detective named Barry Sutton. Detective Sutton is investigating a mysterious new epidemic dubbed “False Memory Syndrome,” or FMS, that is devasting the lives of people around the world. This condition makes it so that people wake up one day with two sets of memories: one true and one “false.” The problem is that both sets of memories feel real to the victims, and they have trouble understanding what’s real and trusting reality – and FMS is spreading. If people can’t believe their own memories anymore, what can they believe?
Helena Smith works in a lab at a dead-end facility when she is approached by an enigmatic figure who offers her more money than she could imagine to pursue her research. She takes the offer and dives deeper into her groundbreaking studies on memory reactivation. However, as she and her new colleagues progress in their research, they discover that memories have much more power over people’s lives than they believed. They also discover that the technology that they’ve produced would be absolutely devastating in the wrong hands.
As the stories of Helena and Barry intertwine, you begin to understand the relationship between the past and the present, and what happened to make the very fabric of reality shift underneath people’s feet. Throughout the entire novel, you are kept on your toes, wondering what is real and what is fake, and how memories effect what we perceive as reality.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The Hazel Wood is a novel with elements that give a feeling of Grimm’s fairytales. The novel is about a teen named Alice Proserpine who moves around the world with her mother, always seeming to be running from something. Her mother tells her that they are running from bad luck.
on the run, they receive a letter saying that Alice’s grandmother, a popular
author of a series of dark fairytales, has mysteriously died. Alice’s mother now
thinks that the bad luck will stop following them, but, when her mother is
kidnapped, Alice knows it has finally caught them. She suspects that her
mother’s disappearance has something to do with her elusive grandmother and her
horrifying stories. With the help of Ellery Finch, a fan obsessed with her
grandmother’s work, they search for Alice’s mother and her grandmother’s home,
the Hazel Wood.
If you like fairy tales with creepy twists this novel is definitely for you. Melissa Alberts, the author, is also releasing a sequel to the series in early January. This novel is a quick read with amazing world building and a creepy tone.
Ms. Shea Moreau (’15) returned to DHS for Club Induction Day. During her time at Dominican, Ms. Moreau served as E-Board Vice-President, Student Preacher, reporter for The Star and more. Committed to “journey toward greatness,” Ms. Moreau shared her experiences at both Dominican and LSU. This following is her speech to the DHS student body:
Father Andrew, a priest at Christ the King parish church on the LSU campus, once said during a homily, “We are not meant to live comfortably, but to live greatly.”
After hearing this, I began to think about how I could pursue a greater purpose in my own life. I realized that Dominican was the first step in my ability to try to live greatly. I ran for class coordinator eighth grade year and did not get it, but I swear it’s because the girl who won did this amazingly fierce roar, and I just could not compete with that. I tried again, and I was elected 8F class representative. Not only was I given the opportunity to get involved in student council, but I was able to start my journey towards greatness.
I started to become a figure that not only relayed
information from the meetings during homeroom, but I became approachable,
empathetic and a leader. I then went on to be class coordinator and finished my
Dominican career on E-Board as the Vice-President.
I used my position on Student Council to not only say
announcements every morning but also to step in when someone needed a friend. Student
Council gave me the opportunity to take that step towards greatness.
In May, I graduated from LSU, and I can’t think of an organization
that I wasn’t a part of. I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and I was the
Vice-President of the Panhellenic Council who oversaw all thirteen sororities
campus. Additionally, I was on student government, I coordinated events with
the nursing home through the speech pathology organization, well, the list goes
on. Now that I am in graduate school, juggling cadaver lab, neuroscience and six
patients a week.
I learned that Dominican is the reason I am successful.
Dominican is the reason that I’m still taking steps towards greatness. Student Council
was the first step in teaching me how to juggle real life. I am able to handle
a large caseload because of Dominican.
In graduate school, I work with stroke patients who
can no longer communicate with their families. I work with children with a
variety of disabilities whose parents feel helpless because they can’t
communicate with their child. I work with children with dyslexia who get
bullied by their peers for being “dumb,” again. Again, the list goes on.
I chose this career because I am able to help others
every day. My career doesn’t only challenge my mind; it challenges my heart.
Dominican, specifically Student Council, taught me that I have the qualities to
do this job well. I am timely, I am organized, and, most importantly, I care.
I’m helping change lives for the better.
Dominican, you all have the same opportunity presented
to you right now. Use this time to be the woman your classmates can look up to
and confide in. Forego the comforts of the world and take on the challenge of achieving
With a cool breeze and serene sounds of nature, getting closer to God is no problem. Relaxation comes easily to DHS juniors in Rosaryville while taking a break from their hectic school routine.
Every year, the junior class
participates in a retreat at Rosaryville Retreat Center in Ponchatoula,
Louisiana. Once per quarter, members of the junior class travel for an
overnight stay where they can commune with God, nature and each other. The pine
trees, freshly cut grass and cool crisp air work together to create a tranquil
environment. Being in this retreat center supports the students’ use of prayer,
group activities and pure fun to grow closer to God and their classmates.
Campus Minister Ms. Claire Gallagher (‘04) and
the 2019 Retreat Team worked together to make retreat a time to connect with
Jesus through prayer and faith-building activities. In order to accomplish this
plan, retreat is two full days long instead of the previous one and a half- day
stay. Students leave Dominican in the morning, allowing a few extra hours for “even
more time for God to remind us of our true purpose,” said Ms. Gallagher.
Retreat Team) recognized a need for more time with God outside of school,” Ms.
Gallagher said. “We found that it’s difficult to disconnect from a school
mindset when you’re spending half the day at school and then going on retreat.”
Ms. Gallagher and the Retreat Team see this important get-away as an outlet for
students to take time to detach from school and spend time with God.
This year’s theme is Jesus is Key, and Retreat Team members want to reinforce the idea to “’waste time’ with God anyway you know how to,” said Ms. Gallagher. “From music to coloring, being in God’s presence extends far beyond getting on your knees and saying a prayer,” Ms. Gallagher said.
While on retreat, juniors practice
faith sharing in an activity called a Cornerstone. Retreat Team members
minister to their peers in a session of faith-sharing to help the juniors find
different ways to pray, read scripture and talk with God. “It opened the
juniors up to different types of prayer and to realize that they can pray in
non-traditional ways,” said senior Grace DiFranco, Retreat Team member.
For some, Junior Retreat can be
intimidating because retreat is off campus and overnight. Being on retreat raised
concerns for some juniors struggling in their faith and prayer life. “I dreaded
the idea of retreat because I felt I should be doing schoolwork instead,” said junior
Bryce Perkins. However, Perkins was surprised to see how retreat heightened her
spiritual senses. “I had enough time to realize the true purpose of retreat: to
get closer to God,” she said.
Junior Ava Rose agreed. “For
me the retreat showed me that yes, Jesus is the answer to everything, but that
phrase is more than a catchy saying,” said Rose. “Retreat taught me that God
can heal all wounds, fix all broken hearts and solve all problems.”
As the class of 2020 has made their way to
their final year of high school, their Little Sisters are just beginning their
journey on Walmsley Avenue.
To welcome these eighth graders, the senior
Big Sisters inducted the class of 2024 on Sept. 19 in the Sr. Ambrose Reggio
Gym. Also inducted in the Dominican family by grade-level buddies were other
new students and transfer students from grades nine through eleven. Together, they
participated in the customary passing of the candle ceremony.
“I felt proud during the induction. It was
like everyone was thrilled to be having me as a new sister, classmate and
student,” said transfer student Claire Garitty, junior.
Mrs. Jill Cabes (’87), vice president, Dominican
Catholic Identity, sees the candle ceremony as a way to show students “passing
the torch” and lighting up the Dominican family.
This year, Dominican welcomed 175 eighth
graders along with sixteen new and transfer students to the Dominican family.
All inductees received a Veritas shield pin and a Dominican pennant.
“It was incredible. I kept on thinking about
my own induction,” said Blake Beaulieu, senior. “I am so happy to be welcoming
a new legacy to Dominican.”
Eighth grader Sarah Herbert shares that excitement. “It feels good to officially be a part of the Dominican sisterhood,” said Herbert, sporting her new pin and pennant.
For over sixty years, Dominican has
welcomed new students and carried on legacies through induction. Sister Dominic
Savio, O.P., (’56) recalls the first induction to have taken place at St.
Mary’s Dominican High School on the St. Charles Avenue campus for the class of
1957. The tradition of Big Sisters guiding their Little Sisters into the Dominican
way of life has been around ever since.
During the next five years, the class of 2024 will be on their journey, preparing to help the class of 2029 on theirs.