Lincoln-Way West Warrior Way Program Helps Welcome Freshmen
Monday, August 10, 2015

Nearly 40 seniors participated in training last week for the Lincoln-Way West Warrior Way leadership program. Students volunteer to serve as mentors and role models to create a welcoming school environment for incoming freshmen.

Students applied to the Warrior Way program last Spring and spent fourth quarter in weekly meetings, training and preparing for the upcoming school year

I joined the program to give younger students someone to look up to, said student Tim Cucci. I was scared when I was a freshman too and I want to help ease their concerns.

During the training, students began planning engaging activities for freshmen orientation as well as activities to help mentor freshman students throughout the school year. Warrior Way seniors are paired with freshmen during their advisory period and offer a series of presentations to help students stay organized, engaged in school activities, and focused academically.

We are like a family at this school, said senior Rachel Czaja.

"This group of leaders has already demonstrated to us their understanding of students' needs, creativity in implementing new ideas, and enthusiasm in continuing the positive school climate at West, said Christine Petrovski, school social worker and Warrior Way sponsor. We could not be more excited to see all of the wonderful things this group will bring to West this upcoming school year."

During orientation, we will show freshmen the school, explain how they can get involved, and answer any questions students may have to address their fears, Cucci said.

Warrior Way seniors wear bright neon shirts on the first day of school as a way to let freshmen know its okay to come up and ask them questions if they need help. On the first day of school, all West students receive t-shirts and every Friday, West students wear t-shirts to show their school pride.

Warrior Way is led by Associate Principal Anne Shanahan, Student Activities Coordinator Heather Novak, school social worker Christine Petrovski and school psychologist Brigid Guevara.