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Linking freshmen to East Union High
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Link Crew leaders at East Union High rally around the newcomers at freshmen orientation Wednesday at Dino Cunial Field.r. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT/ The Bulletin
Link Crew leaders need not be the book worm type.

Instead, coordinators often turn to the well-rounded upperclassmen, who are primarily juniors and seniors.

Those interested in the task at hand of being linked to a freshman throughout the year were selected based on a combination of grade point average, a teacher’s recommendation, and a written essay, according to Scott Sacuskie, who has served as the Link Crew coordinator at East Union High for the past six years.

All told, some 70 Link leaders took the first step Wednesday of trying to ease the transition into high school for 400 plus freshmen enrolled this year at East Union.

The first day of school is Monday.

“We have to direct (our freshmen) into picking the right path,” Sacuskie said at freshmen orientation.

The leaders do so by example.

Not too long ago, they were freshmen, sitting in the grand stand bleachers at Dino Cunial Field, trying to find their way in a new environment, facing new challenges, and having to make positive choices.

“They were part of the (Link Crew) cycle,” said Eryn Bowers, who, along with Lori Jackson, help Sacuskie out with the leadership program.

The leaders are committed to keeping this year’s freshmen from getting lost in the shuffle, particularly in a campus filled with an estimated enrollment of 1,600 students.

One of way of doing that is to get these youngsters to take part in the various clubs, sports and activities offered at East Union, said Sacuskie.

“High school is fun,” he added. “Our hope for our freshmen is if they get involved (in school) that after four years they’ll be rewarded.”