Gerber takes over as CHS student leader

       “I love my school. I feel there's a lot I can do to help it.”

New Coronado High Student Body President Carter Gerber (left) will replace Dylan Roche, who will be graduating with the Class of 2013.
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       With these energetic words, recently elected Coronado High Student Body President Carter Gerber summarized what led him to run for the office.
       His one-year term will start in August and continue through the 2013-14 school year. He will replace Dylan Roche, who had started this year as vice president but took on the 2012-13 leadership post when the elected president stepped down halfway through the school year.
       One of Gerber's biggest goals as president is to inform people about what's going on at the school. “Our biggest problem is a lack of communication,” he said. “I think it's important that we reach out.” This includes not just the work of the school's student representatives, for which he plans to stay in close touch with the school television and newspaper, but the outside media - to help the outside community know about special events and sports they can attend.
       For example, for the annual Coronado Home-coming Parade in the fall, Gerber said he intends to go to “every store and business in Old Colorado City and give them a heads-up about it. This isn't just about Coronado, it's about the whole Westside.”
       At the school, the president heads a Student Cabinet of 10 to 14 students, and they are also part of a group of 40-plus students who make up the Student Council.
       Gerber, who will be a senior in 2013-14, has been a council member since he was a freshman. Previously, he attended Jackson and Trailblazer elementaries and Holmes Middle School.
       His main extracurricular involvement is baseball. With Gerber playing first base, the team has had a winning season this spring and is hopeful of making the state playoffs.
       A member of the Class of 2013, Roche is looking ahead to attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., to which he has received an engineering scholarship. He is thinking about trying out for football, hockey and lacrosse - three sports he's played while at Coronado - at the Division 3 college.
       In the past school year, Roche was instrumental in Coronado's annual Drive Smart program (judged as the second best in the region), the November Safety Month, the Chick-Fil-A fundraiser for the Homecoming Parade (for the second straight year, Coronado out-receipted Palmer High to earn $1,250 from the restaurant), and a fundraiser for Pennies for Patients (leukemia).

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