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Sierra High freshman class 349 strong
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Link Crew leader Selena Arellano wraps a head band on Alexa Ramirez, with Lanai Martinez waiting her turn during freshmen orientation at Sierra High on Friday. - photo by VINCE REMBUALT

Freshmen orientation at Sierra High on Friday had the best turn out by far.

That’s according to Rochelle Fast, who, along with Jeff Greene, has served as the Link Crew advisor at the school for the past three years.

“We had really good numbers,” she said.

All told, 310 of the 349 ninth-grade students enrolled for the upcoming year attended the morning event held in the large gym,

They got the ball rolling with Fast orchestrating in the ice-breaking activities.

“Some were a little nervous and shy,” said Fast of those making up Sierra High’s Class of 2022.

Included were Alexa Ramirez and Lanai Martinez, who previously attended Brock Elliott Elementary School.

Both warmed up to the chain of events led by the Link Crew leaders.

SHS has 75 upperclassmen serving as mentors to the group of newcomers for the upcoming year.

Classes at SHS start on Wednesday.

Link Crew is a transition program for freshmen as they move from the comforts of elementary school to the challenge of being in a new high school environment.

They’re helped along by Link Crew leaders, who share their experience of that first year of high school and beyond as part of getting acquainted.

In addition, they received a tour of the campus along with learning the traditions at the school thanks once again to their Link Crew leaders.

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