‘Warriorientation’

By on September 7, 2016
The  “Link  Crew”  team  greeted  350  incoming  Warwick  High School  freshmen  on  Aug.  30.  The  seniors  participating  in  a hands-on orientation were the first to experience the tradition when they were freshmen four years ago.

The “Link Crew” team greeted 350 incoming Warwick High School freshmen on Aug. 30. The seniors participating in a hands-on orientation were the first to experience the tradition when they were freshmen four years ago.

Rocking music pumped the gym as fine arts teacher Nate Nixdorf ran his go-pro through two lines of high-fiving students as they prepared for their new classmates.

The “Link Crew” team greeted 350 incoming Warwick High School freshmen on Aug. 30.

The seniors participating in a hands-on orientation were the first to experience the tradition when they were freshmen four years ago. Upperclassmen and junior student volunteers defused tensions for the newly arrived ninth graders by playing interactive games and hyping the “Warwick experience” during the event which began with a complimentary breakfast and went from 8 a.m. to noon.

Link leaders, who were hand selected from a pool of applicants, ease the transitioning from the middle school to the high school which is often intimidating.

The high school itself can be a bit scary for new arrivals as it’s a much larger building with double the population of the school the new ninth graders left behind. Many have never before set foot inside the larger building. For the second year — to ease that transition and make it more supportive — Warwick participated in the nationwide Link Crew program whose purpose is to help ninth graders feel more comfortable and achieve in their first year of high school.

Senior Will Mobley said seeing the freshmen’s faces go from tight nervousness to smiles brought back memories of his ninth-grade experience.

“It’s a great way to see the school and to not only meet upperclassman but to get a feel for what the school is like,” he said. “You get a nice tour and get a feel for what your classes are like and also the lunch line too. Laura Kramer, also a senior, said she was proud to take part in such a helpful and fun exercise

“it’s also to see how much the program has grown,” she said. “We started with a much smaller class with maybe 100 kids there’s probably 350 here. It’s cool to see how the program has developed.”

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *