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 […]

Day of the Dead to honor former students

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Those who knew Eric Hodgest say they don’t need his picture to see his face. Or to remember his smile. Or even his charm. Still, Hodgest’s photo, along with memorabilia of three other Eastern New Mexico University students, will be displayed on an altar today in […]

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 […]