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Students venture to face the challenge
Sean Hogan, wearing his support harness, was among the core group of teachers to take part in the obstacle course. - photo by Photo Contributed
Manteca High’s Link Crew tackled the intimidating Venture On Challenge Course.

Included were Link Crew leaders and a core of teachers – Deanna Diggs, Stephanie Hjelmstad, Bridgette Madden, Sean Hogan, Steve Grant, Frank Fontana and Dave Fontanilla – serving as extra support at the San Joaquin County Office of Education structure located at the Venture Academy Family of Schools program.

The teachers made sure that no one slipped through the cracks, according to school officials.

The course is a series of individual and physical challenges, requiring a combination of teamwork skills and individual commitment, said program manager Rob Kroff.

He operates as the On Challenge Course guide to students and staff from the various school districts along with scouts, professionals and other groups.

Kroff recently indicated that the objective is to build trust, self confidence, and develop team unity.

For the second time in two weeks, the MHS Link Crew leaders and teachers took part in ground level activities before taking on the high level elements constructed of utilities poles, cables and ropes.

 The first group tackled the series of obstacles on Sept. 13.

From here, the Link Crew leaders will continue their efforts to help freshmen adapt to the high school way of life.

This week, they met with the ninth-grade students at the Health & Safety classes, discussing progress reports, grades, activities and extracurricular activities.