Dayton High marks 100th May Day
Retired teacher Jim Connelly, serving as emcee, detailed the history of May Day celebrations in the community.
The first one was held in 1913. Several were skipped during war years, but the tradition continues to this day, a century after the first May Queen was crowned.
This year, students looked through old yearbooks to find photos from past events. They used the photos to make a collage in the shape of the numeral 100, said Dave Fluke, teacher and adviser to the event.
“Kids really got into it,” he said.
They also displayed some vintage dance steps in class dances. Each class decorated a wall with the 100-year theme as well.
The event was highlighted by crowning of this year’s royalty, King Jonathan Jones and Queen Julianne Benson.
Members of their court are were:
Freshman — Prince Keon Blanco and Princess Teddi Hopp; Prince Elijah Williams-Shadden and Princess Rachael Fluke.
Sophomores — Prince Mark Alvarez and Princess Shayne Smith; Prince Ruben Cruz-Orduna and Princess Elisabeth Meaders.
Juniors — Prince Jarred Montgomery and Princess Sarah Bowen; Prince Karsten Barr-Rollins and Princess Samantha Ramirez.
Seniors — Prince Justin Sutton and Princess Anna Kameshima; Prince Jered White and Princess Jamie Chenea.