Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for Portales High School for 25 years, George said she has seen the dress rehearsal or winding every year […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mrs. Clovis, biker bash and stringing the maypole

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mrs. Clovis The search is on for the next Mrs. Clovis. Once selected, the winner will advance to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant Feb. 4 in Albuquerque. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married […]

A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Maypole tradition continues

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The tradition of the annual Maypole dance continues this week for Portales High School seniors. For some students it is a family tradition to be a winder, a queen or one of the queen’s attendants. Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton said this year they have 72 graduates who are winding […]

PHS seniors carry on Maypole tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Over the past eight decades, the full-hooped vintage style Maypole dresses worn by graduating senior girls at Portales High School have gradually moved from light pastel colors to brighter rainbow hues with more bling. One thing that has not changed during the span of this long-time tradition which is now […]

Passage of dresses becoming tradition for annual Maypole

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Portales High School 2009 Valedictorian Amanda Wood did not have to look far to find the perfect gown to wear for Maypole this year. The mint green dress was worn last year by another student. According to Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton, this is one of at least 22 dresses that […]

Maypole celebrates tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Couples who wind Maypole together sometimes end up tying the knot together. At least two Portales High School seniors who took part in the 79th annual winding of the Maypole on Monday and Tuesday nights have close family members who wound together and shortly after, ended up being bound […]

PHS News May 11, 2008

PHS 2008 Maypole scheduledThe 2008 Portales High School Winding of the Maypole will be held on at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the PHS Ram Athletic Center. Dress Rehearsal will be held on at 6 and 8 p.m. Monday in the RAC. PHS commencement set for Friday nightThe 2008 Portales High School Graduation Ceremonies will be […]

Amanda Rutland to reign as Maypole queen

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Amanda Rutland speaks few words. She has autism. But the senior class at Portales High School — which seems to have taken Amanda under its protective wing — know her by her smile, a winning smile that has gotten her elected Maypole queen. Rutland, who is the focus of […]

PHS holds first prom, Maypole dress exchange

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Maypole has been a proud tradition at Portales High School for 79 years. But what to do with those pastel-colored, “Gone With the Wind” style dresses which just hang in the closet after the winding? And what to do with those glitzy prom dresses that also only get worn […]

Age-old activity

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tradition once again returns to Portales as the 78th annual winding of the Maypole is set to take place tonight in the Portales High School Gymnasium. “This is the only school left in the nation that still does it,” said coordinator and PHS teacher Marilyn Stratton. The PHS gym […]

Maypole tradition marks 77th year

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Imagine being able to step into a fairytale and feel like a princess with the beautiful dress, the perfect hair and having all eyes on you. For Portales High School senior, Kacee Lovato, and everyone who participated in Thursday’s Maypole at PHS, that fairy tale seemed to come true. “It’s […]

Former pole-winders reminisce

By Sharna Johnson: PNT fact finder Unique in its annual tradition, the community of Portales has years of memories from Maypoles gone-by. Beautiful dresses, dream-like dancing to heart-scoring music and the uniting of classmates right before they cross into their adult lives and leap into the great unknown. These things are all part of the […]

Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the […]

Maypole to unwind at high school

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tana Prewitt has been planning the perfect waltz for four years. It was in eighth grade that Prewitt and Bradley West, her friend since kindergarten, agreed to wind Maypole together during their senior year at Portales High School. Prewitt and West, along with 27 other couples, will do just that […]

PHS seniors take part in Maypole tradition

By Tony Parra People from many Portales High School generations celebrated what many called a cherished, time-honored tradition of the winding of the Maypole on Thursday. The Maypole tradition history dates back to 1929 and is the only maypole tradition in high school history in the United States which has been going on in consecutive […]

Seniors prepare to wind maypole again

By Helena Rodriguez More than half a century ago, Josh Geissinger’s grandfather, Wayne Wallace, wound the maypole at Portales High School. That was in 1929. Seventy-five years later, Geissinger is following in the footsteps of his grandfather as well as his sister Kristen and is taking part in the maypole tradition at PHS. The first […]

Seniors embrace tradition

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By Mike Linn A 75-year-long Portales High School tradition brought tears to proud parents and grandparents on Thursday night, as seniors weaved a checkered maypole and said goodbye to their classmates through song, speech and dance. Attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, seniors celebrated the completion of four years of high school before a crowd […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]