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A Link Crew student leader encourages incoming freshmen during the more than four-hour orientation session on Tuesday at Payson High School.

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Incoming high school freshmen get help from Link Crew

The air crackles with nervous energy as upper level students teachers and administrators wait inside the old gym at Payson High School Tuesday — outside, the largest freshman class in 10 years anxiously wait for orientation to start. “Are you ready? Let’s hear it!” Kristi Ford’s voice blares over the loudspeakers. Cheers erupt from students and faculty lined up in rows — as new students enter, they “run the gauntlet” through the center of two lines receiving yells of encouragement.


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