Cocoa and Cram: study or jam?


photo by Holden Foreman

Holden Foreman, web editor

Friends? Check. Food? Check. Upcoming tests in every single class? Check, please.

Freshmen will tell you how they feel about taking seven tests in one week, but Link Crew tries to inject some fun into the process with Cocoa and Cram. During the annual event, Link Leaders and teachers bounce between tables of freshmen in the cafeteria to help them study for first semester finals. This year, students gathered to hit the books Dec. 12 from 3-5:30 p.m.

“On my first final I was really nervous and didn’t know what I was getting into, so to have [Link Crew] there to help me really benefitted me,” Kharynton Allen,  junior link leader, said. “My freshman year I saw all the link leaders who were helping me, and it just made me want to give back and help the freshmen.”

Simao Drew and Jim Cibulka, this year’s Link Crew sponsors, labeled cafeteria tables with various academic subjects so link leaders could assist freshmen in areas they knew best. Meanwhile, students were free to sit wherever they pleased so long as they spent their time working.

“It’s just very chaotic, but I think that’s kind of the point of it,” Allen said.

Per the event’s name, students were treated to hot cocoa, chocolate milk, bagels, cookies and animal crackers while they worked. Twice during the study session, students were given a break by Jeff Townsend, assistant principal, to play “heads or tails.” Townsend promised each winner a free lunch from their favorite fast food restaurant.

“I like the food a lot, but [the best part is] having an environment where you can hang out with your friends and also get a lot of work done and get a lot of help,” AJ Eckstein, freshman, said. “A lot of the time you have different classes than other people, so it’s easier when you have a designated time to do Spanish with someone else or do math with someone else.”