BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Monday, August 27, the Governor Livingston High School Link Crew advisors trained the Link Crew leaders to prepare them for the Class of 2022 Freshman Orientation, which occured Thursday, August 30th.

Link Crew is a program designed to welcome incoming freshmen, and facilitate their transition from middle school to high school. The program also participates in events throughout the year to ensure the new students have a successful year. Link Crew leaders are junior and senior students who have demonstrated enthusiasm, respect, strong communication skills, and other positive leadership abilities.

Link Crew advisors Jackie Hudacko and Chris Yager, Governor Livingston teachers, are likewise incredibly enthusiastic about the program. When asked about his experiences as a Link Crew advisor thus far, Yager said, “I believe the program revolves and develops around the unique experiences and opportunities of both Link Crew leaders, as well as the incoming freshman class. With each new year, Link Crew offers programs and events to help incoming freshmen acclimate and adjust to the challenges and rigors that high school presents. As any other year I hope this year provides a smooth transition and full year of opportunity for all of the freshman at G.L.” 

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The student leaders first met in June for their first training session, consisting of team building activities to help them effectively work as a group. During their second training day in August, Link Crew leaders participated in some of the exercises that they would be leading the freshmen through at Orientation. Each Link Crew Leader was given a packet of activities to carry out over Orientation, as well as tips on how to best present themselves to and interact with the incoming freshmen. Orientation groups typically include 2-3 Link Crew Leaders and 6-8 incoming freshmen. Each group is tasked with coming up with a creative theme to represent their group. Preliminary ideas among the groups ranged from a Hawaiian Luau to the Fourth of July to a Birthday party.  

Gauthami Moorkanat, junior and first time Link Crew Leader, was feeling optimistic after the training. She said, “I can’t wait for orientation! Training Day really helped to clear up any first day questions I had.” With the enthusiasm of this year’s Link Crew leaders and advisors, Link Crew is set to serve as a positive and influential organization in the school year to come.

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.