Queen Sophie and King Connor continue a 94-year May Day tradition

by: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Sophie Bangs is crowned queen.Queen Sophie Bangs and King Connor Cushman reigned over a 94-year tradition as West Linn High School held its annual May Day celebration on May 3. The king and queen were supported by nine princesses and nine princes, all in formalwear, and cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of students, staff, parents and community members filling the high school gymnasium for an afternoon performance as well as a nighttime encore event.

by: VERN UYETAKE - The girls' sextet serenades May Day King Connor Cushman is serenaded to the tune 'I Knew You Were Trouble.'

May Court adviser Annie Kaiser called working with the May Court “an incredible honor.” She said, “Our students have so few opportunities to fully engage in activities as deliciously anachronistic and romantic as May Day.” by: VERN UYETAKE - Queen Sophie Bangs gets a big congratulatory hug from her mom, Janice Bangs.

Here is a sampling of reactions.

•“I’m from New England and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s pretty incredible.”

— Alison Henderson, parent

• “I’m so happy to be back to see the whole program happen again. It’s so much fun to pass on the crown. I hope they’re having as much fun as we did.”

— Hannah Beth Gilbert, 2012 May Court queen

• “It’s a lot bigger project than I thought. You can tell it’s such a tradition by how much work goes into it and how many people watch. It’s fun to be involved.”

— Davis Hayter, ninth-grade escort

by: VERN UYETAKE - Members of the senior class perform a dance routine to the tune 'Bella Final.'• “It’s a lot of fun to watch, especially if you know a lot of the seniors. You’ve been watching them from when they were young and watching them grow up.”

— Paula Barzola, parent of senior Briana Barzola

• “It brings me a lot of joy to help them create an entire day that focuses simply on celebrating the loveliness of life.”

— Annie Kaiser, May Court adviser

by: VERN UYETAKE - Emmalee Scheid sings Gonna Get Over You.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Nicole Campbell performs her original composition, 'Breaking Free.'

• “This is totally not up his alley. He just came home and said he was doing it. I’m so proud of him for doing it, because it’s so far out of his comfort zone.”

— Janelle Minson, mother of Prince Drew Minson and wife of 1991 Prince Andrew Minson

• “The talent is much better now than it was then. The style and the tradition remain the same. ... It would be fun to come back and see my grandchildren” on the May Court.

— Leann Myers, 1978 May Court princess and mother to Princess Paige Myers

• “May Day is an outstanding tradition. … With the student talent alongside the traditional May Court, it is one of those events everyone looks forward to each spring.”

— Lou Bailey, principal

• “It gets the school really excited. There’s tons of people involved. Everyone can have a part in it.”

— Samantha Zito, freshman

by: VERN UYETAKE - Maddie Groh flies through the air during her lyrical dance performance as part of the student talent.

• “It’s very traditional. It’s actually pretty cool, and I’m bringing something new.”

— Mason Hegardt, freshman member of the men’s a cappella group, performing at the May Court for the first time.

• “There’s not that many big events throughout the year. It’s good to let people show their talents.”

— Boree Jung, senior

• “It’s been a history for us. It’s an important way to get involved and a good way to show pride.”

— Conner Houlette, sophomore

by: VERN UYETAKE - Speech and debate performers Elise Brown and Joe Erickson interpret 'The Butter Battle Book' by Dr. Suess.

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