by ASHLEY BALBO, special to 92078 Magazine

Linking and Leading Future Knights

For an incoming freshman, high school can seem like one of the most terrifying things in the world. For this reason, some of San Marcos High School’s upperclassmen have joined together in an attempt to advise and support incoming freshmen, so they can create connections and have a lot more fun in the process.

Link Crew is a club of upperclassmen who join to encourage and lead those new to the Knight’s realm. They start out every year during freshmen orientation, meeting the newcomers and playing games with them. Each game is meant to have a lesson that teaches the freshmen how they can manage their lives easier. For example, a group juggling game teaches them how to prioritize, be synchronized, and work together. Through these games, freshmen also learn to be comfortable with their Link Crew leader who they are then able to rely on throughout the school year.

Bonnie Bagheri has been overseeing the club for the past few years and has had a front-row seat in seeing its effects on all the students involved. Freshmen, Bagheri says, “gain an instant friend and mentor,” while for upperclassmen, there is a “development of personal skills of leadership and avocation… [which] will be valuable to them for the rest of their lives.”

Freshman Sofia Nawaz believes she has found something similar to an older sibling in her Link Crew leaders. Nawaz feels that every freshman “goes into high school all on their own… Link Crew shows that [upperclassmen] are there to help.”

Link Crew is significant to San Marcos High for this reason – it unifies the school and creates a positive environment where everyone feels welcome. It keeps high school from being the dragon that knights are afraid of.


Ashley Balbo is a junior at San Marcos High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92078 Magazine.