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Manteca High School presents 'Day of the Arts' April 6

Manteca High School presents 'Day of the Arts' April 6

MANTECA - On Wednesday, April 6, Manteca High School will present its Day of the Arts from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Winter Gym on campus, located at 450 East Yosemite Avenue. The annual, free event will showcase the talented students in the school's visual and performing arts department.

There will be displays of art, video production shows (behind and in front of the camera work), architecture & wood products (many of the architecture students have been in state and national competitions), and performances by choir, band and drama departments.

Manteca High School has gained fame from its outstanding mural project, but the murals are only one part of the picture. For example, Manteca High's band will be one of just six high school bands in the state invited to take part in the Pacific West Band Festival, and the only school band from the Central Valley.

For tickets, call Julie at (209) 858-7340 ext. 56958 or Kathy at (209) 858-0832.

TAAA offers scholarships to black high school seniors

TAAA offers scholarships to black high school seniors

TRACY - Tracy African American Association (TAAA) places special emphasis on youth mentorship and education, and focuses nearly all of its events and activities toward fundraising to benefit its Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship Program.

Annually, the organization awards monetary scholarships - named in honor of its late TAAA member and education advocate Wayne Nelson - to enrich educational opportunities for college-bound African American students who are graduating from Tracy high schools. TAAA has granted more than $60,000 in scholarships to date.

TAAA Education Chairperson Paul Hall encourages all African American high school seniors in Tracy to apply.

Kaiser hosts teen summit for students March 15

MANTECA - On Tuesday, March 15, Kaiser Permanente and Give Every Child A Chance will co-host an event entitled, Better Engaged Students Thrive (BEST) Teen Summit. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Golden West School located at 1031 North Main Street. The event will be offered to about 300 students, in grades 7 through 12, who attend school in Manteca Unified School District. The BEST Teen Summit is being offered during spring break.

The BEST Teen Summit will open with a presentation of Nightmare on Puberty Street that uses comedy, music, dance and emotional scenarios to teach students that they’re not alone on the rocky road to adulthood. The show follows four middle school characters who, amid adolescent exuberance, wrestle with tough decisions and fluctuating self-esteem.

Tracy High School team wins San Joaquin County Mock Trial

Tracy High School team wins San Joaquin County Mock Trial

STOCKTON - The verdict is in - Tracy High School was victorious over Venture Academy Family of Schools in the Championship Round of the San Joaquin County Mock Trial Monday and will move on to compete in the California State competition March 25-27. Both teams’ prosecution and defense teams went head to head to earn the prized spot in Riverside, CA.

The final championship round of the San Joaquin County Mock Trial competition took place Feb.

Ripon 5th graders make care packages for soldiers

RIPON - On Friday, Feb. 4, fifth graders at Ripon Christian Elementary School will assemble care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an all-school volunteer project that day.

Last year, the students packed 128 boxes to send overseas. Every student at the school, located at 217 North Maple Avenue, will be involved in some type of service project on Friday including yard work, painting, washing cars, etc.

For more information about the students giving back, call Nancy VanderVeen at (209) 996-0468.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.