Link Crew Welcomes Freshmen

Link Crew Welcomes Freshmen

By Kylee Johnson Almost 400  students filled up the Johnson Gym this morning, unsure of what the day would bring. The new ninth graders, never having experienced “The High,” were filled with anxiety and nerves, but Lincoln High Staff and upperclassmen had a plan. Junior and senior members of a group known as Link Crew, took

Link Crew members fire up the incoming freshmen during orientation in the Johnson Gym on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The freshman class, which is almost 400 strong, is the largest class in several years. Photo by Greg Keller

By Kylee Johnson

Almost 400  students filled up the Johnson Gym this morning, unsure of what the day would bring. The new ninth graders, never having experienced “The High,” were filled with anxiety and nerves, but Lincoln High Staff and upperclassmen had a plan. Junior and senior members of a group known as Link Crew, took 3 days out of the summer to undergo training to help the freshmen out on their very first day.

Photo by Katie Chiplaski

This was Link Crew’s second year and many of the Crew wish that they would’ve had this program when they started high school. Junior Amy Brandt said, “I didn’t have this when I was a freshman. I didn’t know anyone or know where I was going. I wish that I would’ve had it.”

Photo by Katie Chiplaski

While in Johnson Gym, they started their first day off with some excitement – a long line of Link Crew Leaders cheered and danced, welcoming them into the Lincoln High family. Once the freshmen got their name tags they sat with their friends in the bleachers, they waited eagerly for what they were supposed to being doing next. They started with Spanish teacher and Link Crew sponsor Amy Stetson, who gave them a quick speech and then went through various small activities in the bleachers such as Simon Says, stretching, and screaming. There was even an activity where eight freshmen were called down from the stands to participate in an activity where they hugged a Link Crew Leader until the balloon between them popped.

Photo by Katie Chiplaski

 

After sitting and doing these small activities, the teens were put into groups according to their seating. They were led down to the gym floor where they did trust building activities that were meant to get the freshmen to be comfortable making new friends and breaking out of their comfort zones. The students had to talk to new people, shake hands, and even fist bump at times.

Once the activities were done and over with, the freshmen were put into their advisories and taken to a classroom where they bonded with each other. Once done with the games, questions, and getting their ID’s/Planners, the freshmen got a tour of Lincoln High. After the tour, the teens were allowed a 40 minutes to eat their lunches. By this point, the students felt like they needed a break. Freshman William Clabo said, “I feel like I’m going to need a couple aspirins.”

Photo by Katie Chiplaski

Lunch ended quickly, and the students then had 10 minute class periods to get a feel for where they are going and to meet some of their teachers. After their classes they went to the Ted Sorensen Theatre for a closing. The day overall met its goal. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about the school,” freshman Clara Higgins said.

By the end of the day, many of the anxious and nervous freshmen had calmed down and gained a little bit more confidence about where they will being going and what they will be doing throughout their years here at Lincoln High.

Tomorrow the halls will be filled with students of all grades as the first full day of school begins.

Photo by Katie Chiplaski

 

Link Crew 2013. Photo by Katie Chiplaski

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