Marriage proposal interrupts meeting

By The Mercury

The approximately 750 USD 383 employees who gathered in MHS’s Rezac Auditorium got the expected start-of-the-school-year orientation, and then some. They also witnessed a marriage proposal.

During the normal introductions that accompany such sessions, Michelle Jones, the district’s communications coordinator, called Emily Dossett, director of the district’s ESL programs, to the auditorium stage. Jones then announced the presence of a “special guest,” who turned out to be Wade Cherms, an RCPD officer. As the audience of teachers watched, Cherms handed Dossett a bouquet, got down on one knee, and proposed.

She said yes.

“It was very much of a surprise,” gushed Dossett, although she may have had an inkling something was up. Although she would have attended the session anyway, Dossett was escorted by a small cadre of solicitous friends — all of them, as it turned out, in on the secret — and those friends made sure she sat in a particularly convenient location.

Cherms works the night shift, enabling him to attend the morning event immediately after concluding his duty. Jones said the officer called to arrange the proposal a few days ago. “He wanted to do it in this type of setting,” she explained. Cherms could not be reached for comment.

Dossett has been with the ESL program since joining the US 383 faculty in January of 2002 following her graduation from K-State.

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