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Tradition reigns at annual WLHS event

School, community gather for 95th annual May Day celebration


A “Candy Land” theme created an especially sweet atmosphere at West Linn High School during the annual May Day celebration May 2. Continuing a 95-year tradition, the school and community gathered during the school day and again in the evening to celebrate the school’s May Court, comprising 18 members of the senior class, and to crown one prince and princess as May King and Queen. by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Freshmen girls perform the Maypole dance, weaving and unweaving their colorful ribbons without mishap.

Chad Crader and Keeley Anderson received the royal honors this year.

King Chad and Queen Keeley presided over the festivities, including musical performances from the school’s jazz band, orchestra and choral groups. Students shared individual talents ranging from the dramatic to the vocal as well as musical performances on guitar, piano and cello. Two dance teams, the WLHS Debutantes and West Linn’s middle school dance team, also performed.by: TIDING PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Queen Keeley Anderson and King Chad Crader dance together.

The event concluded with a cherished tradition, as the May Court’s royal members performed two dances to cap their reign.

Immediately before the formal dance, another of the event’s highlights occurred. The ceremonial Maypole dance, performed by freshman girls, is one of the school celebration’s most lasting traditions. Escorted by freshmen boys, the girls bowed to the king and queen before taking their places around the beribboned pole. Their escorts left them there, only to face a gauntlet of princesses. Having done their duty, the escorts collected kisses on their cheek from each princess as a reward for participating in the time-honored tradition. by: TIDINGS PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Ellen Ward takes her bow.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Queen Keeley Anderson makes a ceremonial bow.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Girls Quartet serenades King Chad Crader. From left, Natalie Combs, Ellie Jones, Stephanie Bell-Young and Sydney Sander.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Guys Sextet serenades Queen Keeley Anderson with the song My Girl.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Prince Jacob Arrigotti sings a solo.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sophomore Amber Mitchell  sings 'I'm Not Afraid of Anything.'by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From right, Sarah Schultz, Hyunnook Kim and Dhruva Chatterjee perform with the jazz band.
by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sophomore Amber Mitchell  sings 'I'm Not Afraid of Anything.'by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Maddie Groh performs a lyrical dance.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Ian Harris sings 'Mountain on its Knees,' an original composition.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Senior girls dance to the tune 'Crazy in Love.'by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  Talia Bootz performs 'Wicked Game.'by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Queen Keeley Anderson gets big hug from mom Suzi Anderson.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Classmates congratulate Queen Keeley Anderson.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  West Linn High School's dance team, the Debs, perform.by: TIDING PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Mackenzie Baker and Prince Ryan Lonsway show off their flair during the court dance.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Haily Westover, left, and Paige Towsey sing  'Heart of Life,' by John Mayer.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Masters of Ceremony Madison Smith and James Topping keep the crowd entertained.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Maddie Groh and Prince Ellis Eaton dance  the court dance.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Anne Roethe performs 'One Perfect Moment.'




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