By Kylee Johnson
The first day of high school is never easy, but it’s even more difficult for freshmen. For one thing, it’s a new building with different teachers and an insane amount of new people. But each year at Lincoln High, freshmen get a day all to themselves to get oriented.
“I like the fact that today was really laid back and that it wasn’t a stressful day,” freshman Jessie Pew said. But how could today be so laid back when there were 470 freshman (the biggest freshman class in at least a decade) starting?
In the morning, everyone met in the Johnson Gym where they participated in various ice-breaker activities, such as singing, dancing, and hugging each other until they popped a balloon, to help them get more comfortable with their classmates. These activities were led by Link Crew Leaders, a group of upperclassmen who join together and undergo training to help freshmen get acquainted with LHS. This year, they had more than ever with over 90 Leaders.
After doing huge group activities, the students were randomly put into groups that was assigned a couple of Link Crew Leaders. These leaders then took their freshmen into their own classroom where they then preceded to do a few more activities such as Name Tag and 64 Squares.
When finished doing the activities the freshmen then were taken on a tour around the High where their Link Crew Leader made sure to give them helpful hints such as which halls were quicker.
After lunch, they then were sent out to go find their classes and meet their teachers. After running through an extremely shortened schedule, the students all meet back in the Ted Sorensen Theatre to finish up the day with another pep talk.
Today was a great first day for many students and it helped better prepare them for what’s to come tomorrow when students of all grades will be in attendance. “It was nice to get a preview of the school before the real thing,” freshman Che Rodriguez said.
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Shelley Swartz, Social Studies teacher Nancy Grant-Colson, Science teacher Wally Mason, and Spanish teacher Kim Szelag are Link Crew Coordinators this year. Swartz praised the student volunteers for their hard work.
“They came for a day of training as well as a full day with the freshmen when others had the day off,” Swartz said. “We know that not all schools in the district get this opportunity to have Link Crew at their school, so please take time to say thanks to the people that deserve the praise. We could not have done it without our Link Crew Leaders.”