End-of-school scheduling conflicts still plague Portales High School

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter

While the goal of many high school students is to graduate and receive that coveted high school diploma. Some Portales seniors will have to make a tough choice about their high school graduation.

This year the seniors qualifying for state on the Portales Rams track team will have to choose between graduating with their classmates or competing in their final state competition.

The New Mexico 3A state track competition will begin on May 16 the same day as Portales High School’s Graduation.

This has been a real disappointment for my son, said Beth Anthony, Portales senior, Tyler Anderson’s mother.

Tyler has worked hard to compete in track throughout high school and had even attended a world track meet in Australia last year, Anthony said.

“Graduating from high school is a once in a lifetime event,” said Anthony. “I wish there was a way that he could attend both events. No student should have to make such a hard decision between graduating with his classmates and competing in state.”

Tyler has decided to miss his graduation and compete in the state competition, Anthony said.