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The first day of high school can be an intimidating experience for many fourteen year-olds who walk through the doors of Winters High School.  But for the 90 members of the Class of 2022 who attended the Freshmen Orientation on August 3rd, the anxiety might be less. That’s because they met their Link Leaders and participated in the second annual Freshman Orientation.  The event is part of the Link Crew Transition Program in which two upperclassmen, known as link leaders, help their “crew” of 10 – 12 freshmen navigate the first year of high school. The Link Leaders have already encountered and conquered the challenges of adjusting to high school, and in their role as Link Leaders, serve as mentors and motivators for the freshmen in their group.      Prior to the orientation, the Link Leaders spent upwards of seven hours in training with Polita Gonzales, Liz Coman with assistance from Kate Humphrey.  The training prepared the leaders to lead their “crews” in games and activities designed to welcome the freshmen to WHS and to help the freshmen begin to discover what it takes to be successful during this transition to high school. The leaders’ role will continue when they meet monthly with their crews in the Explore classes, and they will host both social and academic follow-ups over the course of the school year. Picture Identification  (Not pictured–Maggie McCreary) Back Row–Left to Right  (5th Row) Jessica Bermudez Elina Perez Brandon Gomez Jeremy Alberg Fabert Charles   4th Row Atlas Martinez Gavino Montano   3rd Row Daniel Carrion Corinne McKenna Makynsie Tuttle Katie Rotenkolber Mayce Newomb Audrey Saechao Ismael Mora Faviola Guzman   2nd Row Mason Schroeder Karla Reyes Cara Baker Jordan Cobaugh Dariana Aceves   Front Row–1st Row Andrea Gonzalez Nataly Hernandez Jackie Ayala Monzerrat Garcia Rosie Kakutani]]>

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