Adeline Michel becomes ‘Parish President for a Day’

Published 9:29 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2022

LAPLACE — Adeline Michel, a fourth grader at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in LaPlace, became Parish President for a day after officially being sworn in and welcomed by Parish President Jaclyn Hotard in front of her classmates. Adeline won this title as the top bidder in the St. Joan of Arc’s Spring Fair Auction.

President Hotard and staff then escorted Parish President Michel to breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts. After they toured the Emergency Operations Center, where the new parish president learned about emergencies, how sirens work, and visited the 911 communications center.

The next stop was the Parish Government Complex for an inside look at Parish departments and agencies inside the complex.

President Michel also toured the Hemlock Fire Station, the Lions Water Treatment Plant, and stopped by the Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park. Adeline enjoyed a ride in the fire truck, learning about drinking water, and visiting with Parish President Hotard and staff.

Adeline stated that her favorite part of the day was getting her own ID badge to access the hallways at the Government Complex.

“Parish President for a Day will definitely be one of my favorite days,” said Parish President Hotard. “Adeline was a joy to be around and while it was a great opportunity for her to learn more about Parish government, we learned just as much from her.”