Greeted by high fives from a line of seniors as they headed down the narrow hallway of the Harlan County High School auditorium, the incoming freshman class at Harlan County High School received a rock star greeting Tuesday.
For a high school freshman probably more than a little worried about starting at a new place that is much larger than they are used to, the Harlan County High School Frosh Day was quite an experience as they entered with seniors clapping and music blaring before taking a seat to start the program.
“Freshman class of 2020, we welcome you to Harlan County High School,” said HCHS teacher Holly Alred, who serves as the school’s Link Crew adviser. The Link Crew helped organize the program, along with the school’s Family Youth and Resource Center, led by coordinator Janet White.
The HCHS Link Crew is a new leadership program led by students. Link leaders are upperclassmen who are good role models and have been successful in high school. Students must possess communication skills, leadership qualities and be responsible to be considered for a link leader position.
Two-member teams of Link Crew members each led groups of freshman on tours around the HCHS facility, which is one of the largest and most modern schools in Kentucky heading into its ninth year of existence. The freshmen groups then stopped in a classroom for a talk about high school life that was led by the Link Crew leaders.
“I enjoyed the Frosh Day very much,” said freshman Madison Bailey. “It gave me a glance on what to expect coming into my freshman year, and it wasn’t only educational, it was a fun experience as well.”
While the freshmen were touring the school, their parents were meeting in the HCHS cafeteria, learning about different aspects of the school, including transportation and scholarship opportunities.
We had a goal for Link Crew to build relationships and encourage participation and I thought we nailed it,” Alred said. “The Frosh Day was a success. I’m so thankful for the staff support that I have at Harlan County High School. We are one family, with one vision and one goal. Teamwork makes the dream work and it worked successfully last night. The freshmen are now ready to join their new HC family, and we are so excited to have them.”