By Mike Linn
Over the past four years Portales High School seniors have spent time goofing off with friends, cramming for finals and participating in extra-curricular activities.
Tonight, seniors will say farewell to that life at 7 p.m. in the Greyhound Arena, where they will sling their caps in the air and embrace the future as they remember the past.
Following graduation some will search for work, many will go to Eastern New Mexico University and others will travel elsewhere to embrace a world they don’t yet know.
For senior Robert Crow, the future is as bright and enticing as the microcosm he’ll leave behind, a diploma under his arm and a shining cast of nostalgia dancing freely in his mind.
“I had a great time in high school,” Crow said. “Portales High School is not your typical high school. Everybody gets along, and there’s not a bunch of cliques like in some high schools.”
Crow, who participated on the speech and debate team, plans on attending ENMU after graduation, where he’ll leave his parents an empty bedroom and missing place at the dinner table.
“Him leaving is kind of interesting,” said Laura Crow, Robert’s mother. “It’s kind of a mixture of excitement for him and almost a panic, kind of an anxiety time. It’s so exciting to watch him grow and mature. It’s kind of rough to watch him go, but it’s so gratifying as well.”
Robert Crow said he had a lot of fun in high school — movies with friends, speech competitions and shindigs with the debate team.
At one of those parties, a chocolate syrup fight broke out. Crow said he didn’t get involved, but had a fun time watching from the sidelines.
A self-proclaimed homebody, Crow said he looks forward to the future, where hopes to earn a degree in chemistry and biology, maybe go to medical school and do research on viruses.
“I’d like to change the world, at least a small part of it,” he said.