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Link Crew leader Stiina Stocker celebrates a victory on a balloon relay with ninth grader Mitch Buckanaga Thursday morning at the ninth-grade Orientation Day at the Bemidji High School. Shown watching the popping of the balloon was Kareigh Walkerstorker. The 64 upperclassmen applied to become Link Crew leaders to help incoming ninth-grade students feel more comfortable with the transition from middle school to high school. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji High School: Upperclassmen show ninth graders the ropes

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The first day of high school is a day most freshmen do not choose to repeat. New lockers, schedules, teachers, hallways, even a new lunch table to sit at - it's a lot to handle for a new set of eyes.


This year's staff at Bemidji High School hope to prevent the "deer in the headlights" look on freshmen's faces by letting upperclassmen lead the ninth grade orientation.

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