Ripon High welcomed its biggest freshmen class ever, according to Jill Mortensen.
She’s the Activities Director at school as well as the advisor for Link Crew, a high school transition program that not only welcomes ninth graders to their new surroundings but provides support for them throughout the year.
Mortensen, who was once again sporting a tutu, led in the ice-breaking activities during freshmen orientation Friday in the North Gym.
“Many came in wide eyed not knowing what to expect,” she said.
The ice-breaking exercises were designed to get freshmen out of their comfort zone.
Katelynn Granum remembers those days.
She’s one of 83 Link Crew Leaders. Granum decided to get involved in the peer mentoring and transition program this year, recalling her days as a “shy” freshman.
“I thought it would be nice to help out,” she said.
Granum has been involved in variety of activities at RHS, including the Art Club and the Renaissance Club while taking Advanced Placement courses.
She’s looking forward to her senior year – the first day of school at Ripon Unified is Tuesday – while planning ahead for college.
Earlier, Mortensen addressed the young members of the Class of 2022.
“The choice will be theirs in the next four years,” she said, encouraging students to become involved in school. “What kind of person will you be?”
Mortensen referenced the many opportunities ahead for the newcomers while putting the ball in their court.
From the large gathering in the gym, members of the freshmen class were broken into smaller groups and placed in the guidance of Link Crew Leaders, who gave them a tour of the campus and shared tidbits and traditions of RHS.
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