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Upperclassmen show freshmen around campus
Sierra High senior and Link Crew member Briana Oseguera, left, shows a group of incoming freshmen proper locker etiquette as part of Sierra Highs freshmen orientation on Friday. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

A few short months ago, Sogie Osakue bid adieu to Veritas Elementary School.

She now looked forward to some new beginnings at Sierra High.

“I’m more excited than nervous,” Osakue said prior to Friday’s Link Crew event for incoming freshmen. “But I like new challenges.”

She shared the moment – call it the unofficial first day of the next four years – with her fellow Veritas friends Marissa Clapp-Catalano and Ariana Rodriguez.

Together, they went through a series of ice-breaking activities including a game of “Simon Says” led by Link Crew advisor and Activities Director Justin Minteer.

At last count, he had 347 ninth graders making up the Sierra Class of 2019. Many came from Sierra High’s main feeder campuses – Brock Elliott, Stella Brockman, Nile Garden and Veritas.

The newcomers were welcomed by 65 spirited members of Link Crew forming a human tunnel at the entrance of the large gym.

Assistant Principal Dan Beukelman welcomed the new classmates to the powers that be on campus – Principal Steve Clark, Vice Principal Greg Leland, Athletic Director Anthony Chapman as well as the school counselors.

His hope is to see many of the same faces at graduation four years down the road.

Beukelman encouraged the freshmen to get involved in what the school has to offer – sports, drama, clubs, music or the arts.

Their first step towards getting involved as the newest Timberwolves kicked off with Link Crew.

These upperclassmen are the first in line to help provide that “link” between the ninth-grade students and their new surroundings.

Osakue and her friends were later separated and put into the mix with their new classmates. They were part of a smaller group led by their designated Link Crew leaders, who not only engaged in more ice-breaking games but also provided the heads-up on what to expect for that first year of high school.

MUSD will have Link Crew for freshmen at Manteca High and East Union on Monday and likewise on Tuesday at Lathrop High and Weston Ranch.