This article was written by BenitoLink intern Julia Hicks
To kick off the new school year, San Benito High School’s Link Crew held an in-person freshman orientation on Aug. 11. The orientation included a rally, ice breakers and a tour of the campus.
About 750 freshmen attended, along with 300 other students including Link Crew leaders, Associated Student Body officers, club members and dance teams. The theme of the orientation was “Lilo and Stitch” and followed the slogan, “OHANA means family, and no family gets left behind.”
Although students have been away from a normal school experience for nearly two years, the orientation was full of excited incoming freshmen and energized student leaders.
Southside School graduate and incoming freshman Eliana Hatchett said she was looking forward to the new school year.
“I’m excited for the rallies, dances, meeting more people and for a new environment,” she said.
Spring Grove School graduate Jacob Esparza mentioned he was “nervous, mainly because it’s a big high school.”
Along with rallies and dances, sports at the high school are in full swing, and Esparza said he hopes to play baseball in the spring.
Sofia Alfaro, Link Crew president and an incoming junior, mentioned that getting the hundreds of leaders and helpers was not an easy task.
“It was a little scattered behind the scenes, but our leaders were so amazing that you couldn’t even tell,” she said.
Alfaro said that having the event in person made the different activities, “go 100% smoother than online.”
Jada Dickens, Link Crew vice president and an incoming sophomore, said her favorite part about the orientation was “seeing all the students come together.”
In-person classes began at SBHS on Aug. 12 with a normal schedule and masks required in all indoor buildings. Both Alfaro and Dickens, along with Hatchett and Esparza, are ecstatic about resuming classes in person.
Alfaro said she was ready to go back “to a sense of normalcy,” and Hatchett mentioned that she’s excited to meet new friends.
Dickens said the last time she had in-person school was in 7th grade, adding that she was “beyond excited to be back in person.”
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