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May Fete turns 100
Hilhi's centennial celebration focuses on academic achievements
One hundred years ago, Miss Eva Emmott was elected by the student body and crowned Hillsboro High Schools May Queen, where she reigned over the activities of the day in a most gracious manner, according to Hilhis archives.
One hundred years later, Mackenzie Crampton is Hilhis 2016 May Queen, a title bestowed in the present day to a student based on her academic achievements during her high school career, as well as her civic involvement and leadership experience.
Hilhis May Fete festival has morphed over the years, but its always been a celebration of Spartan pride, says Sarah Cole, the schools activities director.
Were pretty happy and satisfied with how were doing it now, Cole says. We really want to recognize the kids for their academic success.
A May Fete Court includes students from all grades, selected based on their scholarship, character, athletic and activity participation, and service to school and community.
As for Crampton, shes thrilled to be May Queen, a well-deserved honor. Crampton is enrolled in the schools full International Baccalaureate program and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Shell graduate as a valedictorian.
Along the way, shes been involved with the schools Key Club, a service club for high school students run by the Kiwanis National Honor Society, and a club she formed called Paws and Claws to recruit students to help at area animal shelters. Crampton will attend the University of Oregon Honors College on a full scholarship.
Back in 1916, May Fete was celebrated at the conclusion of the annual County Spelling Contest.
By 1965, the celebration was revamped by teachers Ron Clark and Debbie Van Roeckel to recognize outstanding students.
The final celebration of the week is SpartQuake, a carnival-type fest with activities, food and music.
Crampton wore the traditional blue velvet cape from the 1960s and read the Queens Proclamation to kick off May Fete.
Its tradition, Crampton says. And theres a bit of superstition surrounding that tradition the Queen must read from the original scroll (which is threadbare and splotched with green paint). If anyone besides the May Queen reads the Proclamation, superstition says it will rain on SpartQuake.
Although Hilhi is 106 or 107 years old, according to Tim Carlisle, who served as the schools librarian, Hilhis 100th birthday was kind of in question when it rolled around.
Thats why Cole and her organizing crew of leadership students decided to take a grand approach to the schools centennial May Fete celebration.