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Fourth-grader becomes principal for a day

Sawyer Joachim, a fourth-grader from Mrs. Weiss’ class at Starr Elementary, was chosen at random to be “Principal for a Day,” which happened on Thursday, June 5. (Photo by Jordan Willi)

On Thursday, June 5, Starr Elementary Principal Andy Hoeppner stepped away from being in charge of the school for a day so fourth-grader Sawyer Joachim could take his place.

“Sawyer won the right to be principal for a day from a raffle we had at the school art fair a while back,” Hoeppner said. “Being principal for a day means Sawyer can do what he wants pretty much, be it adding more recess for the students or getting extra snacks for the kids. He gets asked favors by the teachers as well to help them out with stuff throughout the day.”

In addition to adding snacks and more play time, Joachim also used his power as principal to allocate extra book money to the library, wander around the halls and check in on all the teachers and students as well as force Hoeppner to take down his beloved Minnesota Vikings flag from the wall of his office.

“He had the whole day planned out so he would be ready for his day as principal,” Hoeppner said. “Watching the TV in the office and getting extra snacks have been the highlights of his day I think. He also got to use the loudspeaker to make announcements to the school, and I think he will use it later to call his sister down to the office for discipline.”

Another one of the bonuses of winning the right to be principal for a day was getting the chance to hang out with Hoeppner.

“I was really excited to find out I won, especially since I knew I would get to be with him (Hoeppner) all day,” Joachim said. “I really wanted to give the kids an extra recess, and it was really cool to get more snacks too. I think Mr. Hoeppner is a really good principal. He helps the kids to have more fun. I wanted to model my day as principal after him.”

Joachim also got the chance to go to lunch with Hoeppner at a restaurant of his choice, which was Not Justa Cafe in New Richmond. Along with getting to have lunch with Hoeppner, Joachim also got to have lunch with his sister because she was the student who won the right to have lunch with the principal from the same art fair raffle.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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