By Kristyn Conley
Hurricane High School
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the past 19 years, students all over the nation have experienced a program designed for the difficult transition between middle and high school. At Hurricane High School, the program, called Link Crew, has been in place for five years. This year's seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshman have all experienced it. But does it really help?
Senior Shannon Westfall doesn't think so.
"I think it is a waste of time because the freshmen are already scared, and they don't need to be bombarded by hundreds of people on the first day," Westfall said. "I learned the hard way; I didn't want anyone holding my hand."
Some students feel the program was developed for the right reason but don't think it's particularly helpful.
"I think it has good intentions, but it doesn't work for everyone," said sophomore Katie Sublett. "It should be optional."
Junior Grace Pritt agreed. "I think the program is meant to help, but I don't think it's effective. It just takes up their time and makes them more dependent on others."