By Taylor Flynn
Principal Dr. Jama always repeats the school motto “Achieving success and nothing less.” This more than likely has a different meaning to everyone at the school.
Every year there are hundreds of incoming freshman coming to the high school nervous or even petrified to walk through those doors the first day of school. Afraid of what’s awaiting them and wondering how it’s going to go. Link Crew is a leadership organization that helps these young adults and shapes our society.
Getting lost in the hallways, not being able to find their way around, running into people in a hallway jam, seeing a couple thousand people they don’t know. Well, that’s what Link Crew is for, to help those who can’t comprehend what’s happening around them to focus on where they need to be and when. They are here to help. They have been there and know how it feels to feel vulnerable and trapped in the arms of the beast of students.
All three advisors were asked eight questions about their perspectives in a few different angles. Each had different answers but the same goal(s) in mind.
“Our goals are always to make the transition into high school as easy as possible and to help the freshman be as successful as possible. We try to get them involved in as many activities as possible,” said Ms. Belcher, head of Link Crew.
Each advisor has been in the program since the beginning, four years in the making and it’s still going strong. Coming up with ideas and activities to try to improve the freshman’s success in high school and generally get them to open up and enjoy themselves.
Not every school has this program. “I wish my son’s school had this,” says Mrs. Hammond.
“There would be a tremendous change in behavior and attitude if more schools adopted this program,” said Ms. Belcher.
“Everything we do in life involves working with people- this is an excellent experience for that!” also Mrs. Hammond.
Each teacher, parent, and adult has a different attitude and way of going about things. Mrs. Prechtel just so happens to be one of those who is always in a hyper, positive mood. She calls it “Prechtel Land.” She was asked if her positive attitude helps students participate. She said, “I don’t know for sure, I think it has accidentally become a phrase that is used by some of use. I hope it helps!”
Link Crew isn’t just about having fun, it’s about learning to adapt to your surroundings, meet new people, and learning how to be the best you can be. They try through their activities to teach a different situation that students will encounter in life and get a feel on how to deal with that situation and find a solution to any problem. Nothing is impossible.