Bark-toberfest benefits Manteca K9 unit
POSTED  Oct. 6, 2010 
Victoria Watson (pictured center) is once again organizing Bark-toberfest pet fair this year.  She is shown with K9 Officers Bob Anderson & Hoss, Dale Goforth & Gage, Will Mueller & Bear and Randy Chiek & Coal.
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Man’s best friend will rule as Bark-toberfest returns to Manteca.
The 2nd annual event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, is once again being organized by founder, Victoria Watson, a Sierra High School junior.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Park behind the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.
Bark-toberfest features a doggie costume contest and free pet parade for local residents and their 4-legged friends. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Manteca Police K9 Association, a non-profit organization that helps provide funds for training
equipment and the purchase of future dogs for the unit. Due to budget constraints the city has had to scale back the K9 unit to four members and is no longer able to provide funding for the training safety apparatus which quickly suffers from wear and tear.
Pampered pooches can strut their stuff to earn fun prizes by participating in the costume contest. Awards include “Dynamic Duo” for owner-dog look a-likes, “Fashionista” for best costume, “Funny Bone” for funniest costume along with several others. If those who do not want to put their dog in a costume, there are even fun contests for all dogs including “Doggie’s Got Talent” for best trick, “Teacher’s Pet” for most obedient, “Smoochy Face” for best kisser, “Large & In Charge” and “Tiny but Shiny” for largest and smallest dogs. Every dog receives a “Certificate of Paw-ticipation” and the first 50 entries will receive a doggie treat bag filled with toys, snacks and valuable coupons.
The $10 early bird registration for the contest has also been extended through Thursday. Participants registering the day of event will pay $20.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy the free pet fair featuring goods and services offered by a wide variety of vendors including dog groomers, boarding facilities, organic dog treats, dog scarves and Scentsy candles. Paws-4-Friends, Manteca’s new therapy dog group will host a booth to offer information and recruit dog owners to assist with their volunteer work on behalf of children’s literacy and senior citizens. The Delta Humane Society will also host a booth to provide information about dogs & cats available for adoption.
Officers along with their K9 partners Randy Chiek & Coal, Dale Goforth & Gage, Bob Anderson & Hoss and Will Mueller & Bear will also be on hand to provide an exciting K9 demonstration and serve as the honorary “grand marshals” of the day. They will also be the judges of the contest along with the Manteca Youth Focus city titleholders.
Vendor space is still being accepted up to the day of the event. The early bird registration fee of has been extended to Thursday, Oct. 7. For $40 businesses will receive a 10- by 10-foot space. The price goes up to $75 after Thursday including the day of the event. Non-profit organizations can take
advantage of free exhibition space to provide info about their group if received by the Thursday deadline.
For more information contact Victoria Watson or Shim Lacy-Watson at 518-3915 or email ShimLacy@hotmail.com.
Watson member of Police Explorers
Victoria earned an educational scholarship and the Pumpkin Fair title by competing in the 2010 Manteca Scholarship Competition held last March sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus. One of the phases of competition is called “Community Advocacy Speech” which challenges each competitor to come up with a volunteer project. It can be a new or existing project benefiting any volunteer organization. Each of the participants is then encouraged to put their project into action during the ensuing year. Watson is able to give 100% of the proceeds to the K9 Association thanks to the volunteers recruited from Manteca Youth Focus youth and adult volunteers.
Watson is Miss Pumpkin Fair 2010 and a member of Sierra High FFA and the Manteca Police Explorers. She created the event in 2009 when she served as Miss Teen Manteca to help address what she saw as an important need in the community, financial support for the brave officers and dogs serving and protecting
in the Manteca Police Department K9 Unit. Last year’s event was a surprising success with over 150 people and 50 dogs in attendance. Funds raised from vendor fees, contest entry fees and raffle prize donations totaled $1,300. Watson has set a goal of raising $1,500 for this year’s event.



Taela Heath stacks canned goods that were donated during her drive at the Manteca Farmer’s Market. She’ll have a booth set up every week through Aug. 31 on Tuesday evenings with the hope of reaching 1,000 cans.
By Jason Campbell jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com
POSTED  July 28, 2010 2:33 a.m.
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Taela Heath doesn’t mind the occasional summer heat wave, or the monotony of waiting for the community to realize what she’s doing at the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau Farmers Market every Tuesday night.

She knows that her work – collecting canned goods for needy families – is worth every bit of work that she has to put in to reach the goal of 1,000 cans.

As the current Miss Junior Manteca, Heath performed for the families at the HOPE Family Shelter, and came across some of her own classmates that were struggling to fill the cupboards in their own homes – sparking the idea in her mind that she might be able to do something to help.

“At the time I felt really bad knowing that they didn’t have any food and were having to go to bed hungry,” Heath said. “I had done a food drive in front of Raley’s before, and I thought that this would be a good way to get the word out to the community that there are people out there that are hungry.

“Everybody seems to focus on the holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas – but there is always the rest of the year and some people struggle with making that.”

On every Tuesday during the Farmer’s Market, Heath – the daughter of CVB Events Director John Heath – will have her booth complete with a presentation blackboard that shows her exploits in trying to raise canned food for those who need.

Complete with her Miss Junior Manteca crown, Heath was more than cordial to those who stopped by with plastic bags full of cans that will eventually make it into the homes of those who can use them the most – bringing a smile to her face that she and the community had just helped out a family in need.

And for the next month, Heath will staff that booth every Tuesday night as she strives to reach the 1,000 can mark – hoping that the remaining four events will put her over the top.

After a visit to the Second Harvest Food Bank, Heath learned that the biggest shortage of food throughout the year is canned vegetables, and hopes that those in the community can come through with what it is that people actually need.

“Initially I was surprised that some of the people that I knew from school had it so hard and had to worry about where they were going to get food,” Heath said. “Hopefully this drive will make it a little bit easier, and raise awareness that hunger is something that affects all people.”

The Manteca Farmers Market will run every Tuesday through August 31, and takes place at Library Park from 4 to 7 p.m.


Children's Art in the Park


Manteca Youth Focus members get kids involved with the Hokey Pokey dance.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

San Joaquin County Fair

Miss Pumpkin Fair, Victoria Watson 16, left, Mini Miss Winter Fest, Arianna Kurys, 8, center and Miss Teen Manteca, Lauren Perez, 14, pose for a photo during the San Joaquin County Fair on Wednesday.
By
Lauren Nelson
Lodi Living Editor
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:32 AM PDT


From left, "Willie T" is greeted by Robyn Glover, 13, Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair, Tanya Towner, 17, Miss Manteca, and Victoria Watson, 16, Miss Pumpkin Fair, at the Community Stage. at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton June 18.
by Michael McCollum/The Record

Mini Miss Manteca would like to take cancer & trash it
By Vince Rembulat
Reporter
vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com
209-249-3537
UPDATED  June 9, 2010 3:24 a.m

Local youngster Alyssa Elliott, who is looking forward to becoming a fourth-grade student at St. Anthony’s School in the coming months, was crowned Mini Miss Manteca.
VINCE REMBULAT (The Bulletin)


Eight-year-old Alyssa Rose Elliott was enjoying her first day of the summer break.

Over the weekend, the St. Anthony Catholic School youngster was still beaming after being crowned Mini Miss Manteca during Manteca Youth Focus 2010.

Her mother, Laura Elliott, was thrilled.

“Alyssa is a delightful young lady,” she said on Monday. “Her father (Vince Elliott) and I are proud of her.”

Laura Elliott was also wowed by the youngster’s poise in front of a large audience at the Manteca Senior Center last Saturday.

The younger Elliott recalled being asked what super powers, if any, she would like to possess.

“I’d like to have the power to take cancer out of people and throw it in the trash,” said Alyssa, whose thoughts were with the recently promoted St. Anthony’s eighth-grade student and cancer survivor named Francesca.

She’s looking forward to taking part in the upcoming Independence Day parade in Modesto with Tyler Plath (Mini Mr. Manteca), Madison Bristow (Mini Miss Friendship), Briana Estrada (Mini Miss Pumpkin Fair), Ruben Martinez (Mini Mr. Pumpkin Fair), Randall Hinson (Mini Mr. Winter Fest), and Arianna Kurys (Mini Miss Winter Fest).

In addition, each of the youngsters took part in the Manteca Youth Focus 2010 activities.

Mini Manteca Competition
By Hime Romero
Photographer
hromero@mantecabulletin.com
POSTED  June 7, 2010 12:50 a.m


Contestant Madison Bristow introduces herself onstage

Alyssa Elliott, second from left, reacts being named Mini Miss Manteca.

Mini Mister Manteca Tyler Plath, right, stands next to Mini Miss Manteca Alyssa Elliott during Saturday’s Manteca Youth Focus 2010 Mini Manteca Competition.

Among the winners during the 2010 Manteca Youth Focus Mini Manteca Competition conducted Saturday at the Manteca Senior Center were, from left, Madison Bristow, Mini Miss Friendship; Briana Estrada, Mini Miss Pumpkin Fair; Ruben Martinez, Mimi Mister Pumpkin Fair; Alyssa Elliott, Mini Miss Manteca; Tyler Plath, Mimi Mister Manteca; Randall Hinson, Mini Mister Winter Fest; and Arianna Kurys, Mini Miss Winter Fest.

Manteca Police officer Randy Chiek is presented a Superheroes’ Promise Board from contestants

Emcees for the event were Miss Winter Fest Erika Hafer, left, and Miss Manteca Tanya Towner.                
 
Contestant Briana Estrada, left waves to the crowd during introductions

 Contestant Ruben Martinez shares a laugh with 2010 Miss Manteca Winter Fest Erika Hafer onstage during the question and answer portion of the competition.


Mini Manteca Competition                   

How to help

Donate to Eriq Kurys' Haiti project by sending checks to Manteca Youth Focus, P.O. Box 2397, Manteca, CA 95336. On the memo line of your check, write: Run 4 Haiti.

 

photos by: HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

11-year-old running to Sacramento
Part of effort by Mantecan to help Haitians
POSTED  May 21, 2010 3:02 a.m. 
By Dennis Wyatt
Managing Editor
dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

Eriq Kurys is going to Sacramento – the hard way.

While classmates are making plans to hit the water or go camping with their families this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the 11-year-old Manteca resident plans to go for a 65.11-mile run to Sacramento.

He’ll depart Colony Park on Friday, May 28, at 8 a.m. on a route that will end with him reaching the steps of the State Capitol sometime on Sunday, May 30.

Kurys is making the run to help raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
“It was just the way the Haitian people looked on TV,” Kurys said of what inspired him to tackle his Run for Haiti fundraising effort. “They don’t have anything.”

The Durham Ferry School fifth grader is undertaking the effort through the auspices of Manteca Youth Focus. He was selected as Young Manteca City Ambassador for 2010 for the youth group that conducts community
service projects as well as entertains at public venues throughout the year.

“My friends think I’m crazy,” Kurys said of his plan run to Sacramento.

Kurys took up running when he was attending Neil Hafley School. He usually runs about five miles a day but has kicked that up to 10 miles in
preparation for next week’s trek to Sacramento.

His goal is to average a little over 20 miles a day. He expects to reach a point outside of Lodi on the first day. His parents – Adrian and Karleen – will be following him in an RV with signs plastered on it to raise public
awareness. The RV will also serve as his sleeping quarters after he completes his running each day.

Kurys said the Run for Haiti allowed him to combine something he loves doing with helping others.

“I feel like I can do anything when I’m running,” Kurys said.

His goal is to raise $2,000 in pledges. The funds received will go to Doctors Without Borders specifically for relief work in Haiti.

The run fills the community service project requirement of his involvement with Manteca Youth Focus.

He first joined the group over three years ago because of his interest in dancing and singing.

“The first time I performed (with the group) I wanted to throw up,” Kurys recalled. “There were a lot of people there.”

Since then, his stage fright has disappeared and being at ease in front of
people has become second nature.

He said not only has being in Manteca Youth Focus helped with various skills whether it is speaking to people, listening to others, or working with others but it has also assisted him in dealing with anger.

Kurys is hoping to become either a police officer or a firefighter after college.

But for now his main concern is getting ready for the run and trying to secure as much funds as he can to help the people of Haiti.

If you would like to help, you can send a check to Manteca Youth Focus (memo: Run4Haiti), P.O. Box 2397. Manteca, CA. 95336. You can also follow Kurys on Facebook on the group page dubbed “Run 4 Haiti.”


Miss Manteca 2010 Tanya Towner & Gary Vaughan, President of Manteca Youth Focus help put out flags on Armed Forces Day.  photo by: HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)



  
Manteca Youth Focus competition
Three age groups on stage this Saturday
  posted March 3, 2010
The Manteca Youth Focus is staging the 2010 Manteca Scholarship Competition on Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at Walter Woodward Elementary School located at 575 Tannehill Drive in Manteca.
There will be three age levels of competition.
Miss Manteca 2009 Amanda Rosas and Manteca City Ambassador 2009 Horst Bauer will pass the torch of leadership on to two new individuals as part of the 2010 Manteca Scholarship Competition.

One young man and four young women ages 16 to 21 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Manteca City Ambassador 2010 and Miss Manteca 2010. They are also competing for their share in over $3,000 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.
Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the
opportunity to earn an educational scholarship for each of the top prizes as Miss Manteca and Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternate will also earn an scholarship and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Pumpkin Fair. The second alternate will also earn an educational scholarship and serve as Miss Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.
Miss Teen Manteca 2009 Victoria Watson and Teen Manteca City Ambassador 2009 Dalton Harris will pass the torch of leadership on to one new individual as part of the 2010 Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition.

Three young women ages 13 to 15 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Miss Teen Manteca 2010. They are also competing for their share in over $700 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.
Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an educational scholarship for the top prize as Miss Teen Manteca. The first alternate will also earn a scholarship and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair. The second alternate will also earn an educational scholarship and serve as Miss Teen Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.

Miss Young Manteca 2009 Lauren Perez and Young Manteca City Ambassador 2009 Nicolas Perez will pass the torch of leadership on to two new individuals as part of the 2010 Young Manteca Scholarship Competition.
One young man and three young women ages 10 to 12 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Young Manteca City Ambassador 2010 and Miss Young Manteca 2010. They are also competing for their share in over $300 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.
Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an educational savings bond for each of the top prizes as Miss Young Manteca and Young Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternate will also earn an educational savings bond and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Young Pumpkin Fair. The second alternate will also earn an educational savings bond and serve as Miss Young Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.
These outstanding young individuals will be featured in the Community Advocacy Speech Competition, in which they will present a community
service project to be carried out in the coming year. They will also share their unique personal talents in the Stage Arts phase of Competition. Each contestant will also be challenged to speak “off-the-cuff” in the Press Interview phase of competition.
Last month the contestants were scored in an additional 3 phases of competition including Community Service Résumé, Scholastic Achievement, and Personality and Event Interview.
Under the direction of Brandy Wamsat, with co-directors Amber Dixon, a former Miss Manteca 2000 and Miss California State 2001, and Alanna Robins who also serves as the Entertainment director, the theme of the
competition show is “Over the Rainbow” featuring the 2010 contestants with entertainment by the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers and Alumni. The hosts for this event will be former Miss Manteca 2007 Emma Henry and former Manteca City Ambassador 2004 and California State Ambassador 2006, Matt Vaughan.
Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an educational scholarship for each of the top prizes as Miss Manteca and Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternate will also earn an scholarship and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss
Pumpkin Fair. The second alternate will also earn an educational scholarship and serve as Miss Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.
There are also awards available in the areas of Community Service, Scholastic Achievement, Stage Arts and Most Inspirational. The audience will get to have their “say” by selecting the “People’s Choice Award.”
Tickets are $10 each for general admission and $5 for children 12 & under and can be purchased at the door. For more information contact Brandy Wamsat at (209) 401-4509.


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2009 Teen Manteca City Ambassador Dalton James Harris works the phones.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

BARK-TOBERFEST AIDS K9 UNIT

Miss Teen Manteca Victoria Watson volunteers during the K9 competition with Manteca Police officer Randy Chiek and “Blade” during a demonstration. Watson came up with the idea for the benefit for the K9 unit.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)
POSTED  Oct. 11, 2009 2:29 a.m.
A Bark-toberfest on Saturday at Library Park featured pet vendors and a pet show. The event raised $1,300 for the Manteca Police K-9 unit.

1,000 plus pairs of socks for needy tots
Project led by Young Manteca City Ambassador Nicolas Perez

Showing off socks donated by Wal-Mart shoppers for the Socks-4-Tots drive are Manteca Youth Focus volunteers  including Lauren Herrington, Marissa Candelaria – Miss Teen Winter Fest, Colton Harris, Victoria Watson – Miss Teen Manteca, event creator Nicolas Perez – Young Manteca City Ambassador, Dalton Harris – Teen Manteca City Ambassador and Lauren Perez – Miss Young Manteca.
POSTED  Oct. 4, 2009 2:19 a.m.
Most 11 year olds are thinking about their next video game purchase, hurrying home to watch their favorite TV show or playing football or soccer outside with friends. In that sense Nicolas Perez is just like his peers.

However this sixth grade honor student at Manteca Christian School also worries about disadvantaged children and how they will stay warm this winter. It was this kind of uncommon concern for others that is helping him achieve great things at such a young age.

Last March, Perez entered the Young Manteca Scholarship Competition sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus. He had previously served the organization as the first Mini Mr. Winter Fest and was eager to continue his service to the community as a youth ambassador. As part of the competition, each contestant was asked to create a “community advocacy project” that they would like to implement in order to see positive change in the community. Perez wanted to come up with a project that would truly make an impact and that is when he came up with the idea called “Socks-4-Tots” to provide comfort and warmth for children of families struggling to make ends meet this winter. Perez was successful in his efforts in the competition winning the top title of Young Manteca City Ambassador 2009 along with an educational savings bond. He was geared up and ready to fulfill his commitment to making a difference.

Perez implemented his community advocacy project by teaming up with the Ray of Hope in Manteca.  His plan was to collect socks and deliver them to the children’s organization which has access to children and families in need.

Partnering with Wal-Mart in Manteca, Perez hosted a collection site in the front of the store on Saturday, Sept. 26. Along with youth and adult volunteers from Manteca Youth Focus, Perez distributed informational flyers to customers entering the store, sharing with them his project in the hopes they would purchase a pair or package of socks to drop off in the tubs as they left the store.  Support for the project exceeded expectations and was expanded beyond the one-day collection at Wal-Mart and included a week-long drop-off location at Manteca Christian School.

The outpouring of support was phenomenal and hundreds of shoppers, MCS students, staff and MYF volunteers stepped forward to make a huge difference in the lives of children in need in our community by donating a total of over 1,000 pairs of new socks.

If you would like more information about the Socks-4-Tots project, contact Albert Perez at 209-401-4077. If you would like more information about Manteca Youth Focus, contact Yoli Vaughan, community service director at 209-823-5048.


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Miss Manteca Amanda Rosas sings the National Anthem before the MYF performance.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)


The Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers perform for the crowd.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

Children's Art In The Park

SHARING ARTS WITH KIDS:  The Manteca Junior Women’s Club enlisted community groups to expose kids to art Saturday during Art in the Park at Library Park.

Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair Jordan Renfro finds a mini dance performer as part of the Manteca Youth Focus performance.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

2009 Mini Manteca Competition

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin Manteca Youth Focus director Kristina Stamper gets a group shot of the winners in Saturday’s Mini Manteca Competition conducted at the Manteca Senior Center. The winners are, from left, Mini Miss Pumpkin Fair Danielle Diaz, Mini Mr. Pumpkin Fair Tyler Plath, Mini Miss Manteca Gabrielle Fermin, Mini Mr. Manteca Sage Treadwell, Mini Miss Winter Fest Gabriela Martinez, and Mini Mr. Winter Fest Gael Franco.


Flags Over Manteca-Flag Day

Manteca 2009 Teen City Ambassador Dalton Harris loads up the last of the flags for the Manteca Youth Focus group.
Hime Romero(The Bulletin)



Best of Manteca 2009 Awards Ceremony

Emcee Rich Ibarra talks with Kerri Tapia who received the Best Fitness/Personal Trainer Award as Miss Manteca Amanda Rosas looks on during Friday’s best of Manteca 2009 ceremonies at Manteca Trailer& Camper.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

Cheyenne Milligan sings the national anthem.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

Ayla Fleming (Best Youth Volunteer), Miss Teen Manteca Victoria Watson and Shim Lacy (Best Adult Volunteer) pose with their 2009 awards.
HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)

200,000 plus votes cast in Best of Manteca 2009 contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jason Campbell
jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com

POSTED  May 16, 2009 2:40 a.m.

More than 200,000 votes were cast by people who voiced their opinion on everything from the best car wash in Manteca to the best boss.

Those who garnered the most votes were more than happy to take the stroll to the podium Friday night at the Best of Manteca Awards held at Manteca Trailer & Camper.

Hosted by the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event included several distinct changes this year over the previous endeavors including announcing the winners prior to the actual night of the event – something that CVB Executive Director Linda Abeldt says might have been the key to the massive turnout.

“We’ve got about twice as many people as we normally do at this event, and a lot of that might have to do with the announcing of who the winners were prior to the event,” Abeldt said. “The online voting was something that was new this year and we got an amazing response from the community.”

With KCRA reporter Rich Ibarra tackling the MC duties, the event was basically just a who’s who of local businesses and persons being honored for their achievements over the course of the last year.

Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Mike Mallory brought the bulk of his staff with him up to receive the award for best non-profit agency – with the audience dutifully applauding the sheer numbers that the agency is able to serve in a given week.

“I think that getting this award from the community is fitting because without the community we really couldn’t operate,” Mallory said. “We’re so grateful to Manteca for everything that they’ve done for us and that they continue to do.

“This is by far the most giving place that I’ve ever been, and even though our needs have increased by 25 percent, people still continue to give – that says a lot.”

Former Manteca Idol Cheyenne Miligan – who sang the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the festivities – was beaming as she accepted the award for best female singer.

I think that it’s really cool that all of the people voted to support me in this,” Milligan said. “It’s the people that I perform for, and I’m just happy to be taking this home.”

In all roughly 90 awards were given out to businesses, non-profit agencies, and persons in a multitude of topics.

This winners in this year’s competition by category are:
Accountant: Newman & Jones
Agribusiness: George Perry & Sons
Auto Dealer: Manteca Trailer & Camper
Auto/RV Repair: Precision Automotive
Bakery: Raley’s Bakery
Bank/Credit Union: Delta Bank
Barber/Hair Stylist: Patti Flatter
Bartender: Jennifer Brown (Tommy’s)
Beauty Salon: Sadie’s Styling Salon
Bike Shop: Anderson’s Mower & Bike
Boss/Supervisor: Toinette Rossi (Delta Bank)
Burger: In-N-Out Burger
Car Wash: Quicki Kleen Car Wash
Caterer: Fagundes Meats & Catering
Chiropractor: David Cox, D.C.
Christmas Display: The Langum House
Church Choir: Calvary Community Church
Cleanest Restrooms: Target
Coffee Shop: Bean & Leaf Café
Customer Service: Phyllis Abram (Delta Bank)
Dance Studio: Universal Dance
Day Spa: Mimosa Spa
Dentist/Orthodontist: Dr. Sean Sangalang
Dessert: Baskin Robbins
Dining Establishment: Kelley Bros. Brickyard Oven
Drinking Establishment/Bar: Kelley Bros. Brickyard Oven
Dry Cleaners: Mainz Cleaners
Family Entertainment: Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
Financial Planner: Randy Knodt
Floral Shop: Manteca Floral
Furniture Store: Manteca Bedquarters
Grocery Store: Save Mart
Health/Fitness Center: 24 Hour Fitness
Hospital/Clinic: Doctors Hospital of Manteca
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
Ice Cream/Sundae: Baskin Robbins
Instructor/Personal Trainer: Kerri Tapia
Insurance Agent: Debra Van Essen
Loan Officer: Matt Ridge
Local Attraction: Bass Pro Shops
Local Band: East Union High School Band

Local Chef: Isadore Fang (Isadore’s)
Local Event: Crossroads Street Faire
Local Female Singer: Cheyenne Milligan
Local Male Singer: Matt Vaughan
Local Youth Football Team: Manteca Jr. Buffaloes
Mailman/Mailwoman: Katy Mattingly
Manicure/Pedicure: Sadie’s Styling Salon
Margarita: Las Casuelas
Martial Arts Studio: Taberna’s Tae Kwon Do
Martini: Isadore’s
Massage Therapist: Marla Nunes
Mattress Store: Manteca Bedquarters
Meat Department: Fagundes Meats
Milkshakes: Baskin Robbins
Nachos: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant
New Business (Large): Costco
New Business (Small): Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Non-Profit Business: Second Harvest Food Bank
Omelet: The Waffle Shop
Optometrist: Dr. Greg Miller
Pet Groomer: Jackie’s Dog Grooming
Pharmacy: Bob’s Pharmacy
Photographer: Chris Leonard
Physician: Moosa M. Lunat, MD
Pizza: Mountain Mike’s Pizza
Place For A Child’s Party: Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
Private School: Manteca Christian School
Product Made In Manteca: Delicato Vineyards Wine
Pub Grub: Tommy’s Beach Bar & Grill
Public Elementary School: Shasta Elementary School

Public High School: Manteca High School
Realtor: Glenda Herrera
Restaurant (American Food): Chili’s
Restaurant (Asian Food): Yukimi
Restaurant (Italian Food): DeVega Brothers
Restaurant (Mexican Food): Taqueria Yvette’s
Retail Store: Target
Retirement Community: Woodbridge by Del Webb
School Administrator: Steve Winter – Manteca High
Service Club: Manteca Lions Club
Sporting Goods Store: Big 5 Sporting Goods
Taco: Taqueria Yvette
Take Out: In-N-Out Burger
Tow Service: Vern’s AAA Towing
Volunteer (Adult): Shim Lacy
Volunteer (Youth): Ayla Fleming
Waffle: The Waffle Shop
Waiter(tress): Lacey Silveria - Kelley Bros.
Youth Organization: Boys & Girls CLUB


Thousands pay tribute to the fallen

Miss Young Manteca Lauren Perez
performs an emotional rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

HIME ROMERO (The Bulletin)


Miss Pumpkin Fair & Mom ‘reaching for the stars’ to find a cure for MS
 
By SHIM LACY-WATSON
Special to the Bulletin
POSTED  May 24, 2009 2:20 a.m.

Imagine experiencing daily fatigue, loss of balance and difficulty walking. Some of the simplest daily tasks such as walking, yard work and shopping become difficult for a person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Based upon recent statistics, over 400,000 Americans, including Manteca resident Vita Towner, have been diagnosed with MS. Towner, the registrar at Sierra High School, was diagnosed with the disease in 2006 after what she described as overexertion after a summer walk in the neighborhood. She now suspects her symptoms emerged over 14 years ago.

MS is a difficult disease to diagnose because many patients ignore symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling, loss of balance, slurred speech, tremors or stiffness that can be explained away by the stress of daily life.

MS is a chronic unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder which means that a person’s immune system that normally fights off infection & disease also attacks healthy tissue. There are genetic factors that make certain individuals more susceptible than others but there is no direct hereditary link.

MS symptoms result when the immune system attacks myelin, the protective insulation surrounding the nerve fibers of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal chord). Myelin is destroyed and replaced by scars of hardened “sclerotic” tissue. Myelin can be compared to the insulating material around electrical wire; the loss of myelin interferes with the transmission of nerve signals. Towner’s specific symptoms include fatigue, particularly during high temperatures, dizziness and trouble balancing.

While there is no cure, being diagnosed with MS is not a death sentence because it is not fatal and does not always result in paralysis. The majority of people with MS remain able to walk. Such is the case with Towner who says that she manages the disease on a daily basis without too much interference. She now has to plan ahead for shopping trips or other long walks by breaking them into smaller distances. “I can’t shop till I drop anymore or else I just might actually drop,” Towner said with a laugh. Her current prognosis is stable with weekly injections to slow the progression of the disease.

Her family including husband Joe, sons Joseph Jr., age 22 Jeremy, age 19 and daughter Tanya, age 16 are free from MS and have rallied to support Towner. Upon hearing of her diagnosis, her family including her niece who also has MS, formed a team and “joined the movement”, the motto for the MS Walk. They raised money and shared in fellowship with others diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones.

Tanya Towner, a sophomore at Sierra High School, is also the current Miss Pumpkin Fair 2009. As such she represents the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Manteca and their annual Pumpkin Fair. Her title also includes an educational scholarship awarded during the 2009 Manteca Scholarship Competition sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus (MYF). Each scholarship recipient is asked to create a “community advocacy project” benefiting a volunteer organization and then implement the project during the ensuing year. Towner had no hesitation in selecting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as her project.

For the past three years, she has organized a team called “Reaching for the Stars”, the MYF motto, in honor of her mom for the Modesto MS Walk and has successfully raised over $2,000 for MS research. Her advocacy project is more than just a requirement for her scholarship, it’s a family affair. “Every day I see how MS affects my mom; not just her body but her whole life and our entire family. Instead of feeling hopeless I am choosing to make a difference.”

If you would like more information about multiple sclerosis please visit the www.nationalMSsociety.org or call 1-800-FIGHT MS. For more information about Manteca Youth Focus and its continuing efforts in community advocacy, please contact Kristina Stamper at (209) 612-6930 or email Info@MantecaYouthFocus.org.


 

By Dennis Wyatt
Managing Editor
dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com
209-249-3532
POSTED  April 22, 2009 3:53 a.m.

Victoria Watson, with her eye on a career in law enforcement, is bound to make a difference as a teenager.

Miss Teen Manteca, 15, a freshman at Sierra High School, is organizing what she describes as a “Bark-toberfest” to raise money for the strapped Manteca Police Canine unit.  It’s set to take place in October of this year and she is already putting her plan into action.

It is designed to be a day-long pet fair that will feature countless Manteca pets dressed in doggie costumes competing with each other in a pet parade for prizes. There will be an entry fee along with vendors selling pet-related items planned for Library Park.

Victoria is also hosting a low-cost face painting booth this Saturday during the Manteca Police K-9 Trials to be held at Morenzone Ball Field at the corner of Center and Union roads.

Victoria was awarded her title, along with an educational scholarship, during the annual Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition held in March - sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus.

As a part of the competitio, contestants are challenged to develop a volunteer community project. It can be a new or existing project, but it must benefit a volunteer organization. The participants then have one year to put their program into operation and see it through to its fruition.

The high school freshman has a love for animals, especially with her nine-year-old German Short Hair “Bau.”  She is also raising an Angus steer as a member of the Future Farmers of America at her high school.While brainstorming for her advocacy project in the competition, she wanted to create a new event that would incorporate her love for animals.  She came up with the “Bark-octoberfest” idea after chatting with family friend Manteca police officer Randy Chiek.  She said she wanted to do something to offset the costs of caring and working for the police K-9s.  

Asked about her favorite teachers, her mentors in the formative years, she named several who came to mind.

One who stood out among the rest was her eighth-grade leadership teacher at Lincoln Elementary School Bill Davis. She said he coached her in leadership, volleyball and track.

Another was karate instructor Robin Taberna who she has been studying under since she was seven years old.  “He definitely taught me confidence and discipline,” she said.

Anyone wanting to know more about vendor space for the event and about the costume parade, call 518-3915.


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By:  Kristina Stamper
Manteca Youth Focus
POSTED  March 21, 2009 2:27 a.m.

It was another spectacular weekend of youth recognition as Manteca Youth Focus conducted its 14th annual scholarship competitions. A celebration of leadership, volunteer service and talent – MYF was successful in its campaign to award educational scholarships to deserving young men and women of achievement.

Eighteen young men and
women of achievement stepped forward with the desire to make a difference and represent their community. In recognition of their unique talents and abilities the Board of Directors of Manteca Youth Focus awarded each contestant with a “Starlight Award” in the phase of competition they scored their personal best as indicated below. (Individual starlight awards indicated in parenthesis below)

Here are the results of the Manteca Youth Focus Scholarship Competitions held March 6-7:

Representing the City of Manteca and Manteca Youth Focus:

• Miss Manteca Amanda Nicole Rosas (Community Service); will also receive a $500 scholarship and sponsorship to 2010 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition in San Jose, California.

• Manteca City Ambassador Horst Michael Bauer (Personality and Event Interview); will also receive a $500 scholarship and sponsorship to 2010 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition in San Jose, California.

• Miss Teen Manteca Victoria Ahonui Watson (Community Service); will also receive a $250 scholarship

• Teen Manteca City Ambassador Dalton James Harris (Personality Interview); will also receive a $250 scholarship

• Miss Young Manteca Lauren Elizabeth Perez (Personality Interview); will also receive $250 educational savings bond

• Young Manteca City Ambassador Nicolas Perez (Scholastic Achievement); will also receive $125 educational savings bond

Representing the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Manteca and their annual Pumpkin Fair:

• Miss Pumpkin Fair Tanya Christine Towner (Personality & Event Interview); will also receive a $250 scholarship

• Pumpkin Fair Ambassador John-Alan Hewitt (Stage Arts); will also receive a $250 scholarship

• Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair Jordan Nicole Rosas (Personality Interview); will also receive a $125 scholarship

• Miss Young Pumpkin Fair Taela Lynn Ann Heath (Personality Interview); will also receive a $125 educational savings bond

• Young Pumpkin Fair Ambassador Eric Kurys (Community Advocacy Speech); will also receive a $75 educational savings bond

Representing Manteca Youth Focus and the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade:

• Miss Winter Fest Erika Anne Hafer (Personality and Event Interview); will also receive a $125 scholarship

• Miss Teen Winter Fest Marissa Davina Candelaria (Community Advocacy Speech); will also receive a $75 scholarship

• Miss Young Winter Fest Cipriana Love Lopez (Stage Arts); will also receive a $75 educational savings bond

A special note of gratitude is extended to the other members of the 2009 All-Star Team; Anmol Kaur (Community Advocacy Speech), Genevieve Elise Hammarstrom (Scholastic Achievement), Mikaela Lee Bristow (Personality Interview), Lauren Alyssa Herrington (Community Service). They also serve as outstanding role models in the community with significant contributions in volunteer service and leadership.

These are the winners of the various special awards.

Talent Award Winners: (highest score in stage arts phase of competition)

• Manteca Scholarship Competition - Amanda Rosas

• Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition TIE

• Marissa Candelaria

• Jordan Renfro

• Young Manteca Scholarship Competition - Cipriana Lopez

Community Service Award Winners: (highest score in community service phase of competition)

• Manteca Scholarship Competition - Amanda Rosas

• Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition - Victoria Watson

• Young Manteca Scholarship Competition - Lauren Perez

Scholastic Achievement Award Winners: (highest score in scholastic achievement phase of competition)

• Manteca Scholarship Competition - Horst Bauer

• Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition - Lauren Herrington

• Young Manteca Scholarship Competition TIE

• Nicolas Perez

• Taela Heath

Most Inspirational Award Winners: (as voted by the contestants)

• Manteca Scholarship Competition – Amanda Rosas

• Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition – Victoria Watson

• Young Manteca Scholarship Competition – Lauren Perez

People’s Choice Award Winners: (fundraiser voted on by members of the audience)

• Manteca Scholarship Competition Erika Hafer
• Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition Victoria Watson

• Young Manteca Scholarship Competition Cipriana Lopez

For the 2nd year in a row, MYF featured the Community Advocacy Speech phase of competition. This phase challenges each competitor to address a need in the community and come up with a project they would like to implement if chosen as a titleholder. The Board of Directors of Manteca Youth Focus will then provide assistance in the coming year in order for each individual to serve as “project manager” in carrying out their ideas along with the help of other volunteers from the organization and community at large. The 2009 Community Advocacy Projects include:

1. Amanda Rosas, fundraising and awareness for Every 15 Minutes, an anti-drinking & driving campaign for high school seniors

2. Horst Bauer, recruit youth to volunteer as tutors for Give Every Child a Chance

3. Victoria Watson, creation of a new community event “Barktoberfest”, a pet fair and costume show with proceeds benefitting the Manteca Police K9 Association

4. Dalton Harris, connecting youth with senior citizens by creating an “Adopt-a-Grandparent” event

5. Lauren Perez, continuation of her “Keep It Clean” (KIC) Project which she created last year to combat graffiti and trash in public parks.

6. Nicolas Perez, Tots for Socks drive to collect clean socks for donation to underprivileged families and children

7. Tanya Towner, continuation of her “Reach for the Stars” Team in the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation annual MS Walk fundraiser

8. John-Alan Hewitt, encourage youth volunteers to participate in the Manteca Interact Club

9. Jordan Renfro, hold a booth at a local community event to promote awareness of Rachel’s Challenge

10. Taela Heath, raising awareness about foster children by working at various events and fundraisers for “Families by Choice”

11. Eric Kurys, combating childhood obesity by creating a family play day to encourage youth to go outside and play for 1 hour per day

12. Erika Hafer, combating hunger by creating a canned-food “bridge” display benefitting the San Joaquin County 2nd Harvest Food Bank

13. Marissa Candelaria, letter writing campaign to show support and encouragement for armed service men and women serving overseas

14. Cipriana Lopez, aluminum can drive at local elementary school to benefit underprivileged families and children

On behalf of my Co-Director Lavonna Robins, Assistant Director Alanna Robins and the Board of Directors of Manteca Youth Focus, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of MYF programs. With your support and encouragement we are truly making a difference in the lives of these young people. Help us spread the word! As always, if our kids can assist your group or event in any way, do not hesitate to contact Yoli Vaughan, Community Service director at 823-5048 or myself at 612-6930.



Young Manteca competition set for Saturday
POSTED  March 6, 2009 1:48 a.m.

The Manteca Youth Focus’s 2009 Young Manteca Scholarship Competition is on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m.

The Competition for the titles of Miss Young Manteca and Young Manteca City Ambassador will be held at Cornerstone Community Church located at 17900 Comconex Road in Manteca. Miss Young Manteca 2009 Emma Scott and Young Manteca City Ambassador 2009 Colton Harris will pass the torch of leadership on to two new individuals as part of the 2009 Young Manteca Scholarship Competition.

Two young men and six young women ages 10 to 12 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Young Manteca City Ambassador 2009 and Miss Young Manteca 2009. They are also competing for their share in over $600 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.

These outstanding young individuals will be featured in the Community Advocacy Speech Competition, in which they will present a community service project to be carried out in the coming year. They will also share their unique personal talents in the Stage Arts phase of Competition.

Last week the contestants were scored in an additional 3 phases of competition including Community Service Résumé, Scholastic Achievement, and Personality Interview.

Under the direction of Kristina Stamper, a former Miss Manteca 2001-2002 and Miss California State 2003, with Co-Director Lavonna Robins and Assistant Director Alanna Robins, the theme of the competition show is “All-Star Round-Up” featuring the 2009 contestants with entertainment by the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers and Alumni. The host for the event will be former Manteca City Ambassador 2006 and California State Ambassador 2007, James Reed and former Miss Manteca 2006, Lauren Robins.

Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an education savings bond for each of the top prizes as Miss Young Manteca and Young Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternates will also earn an educational savings bond and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Young Pumpkin Fair and Young Pumpkin Fair Ambassador. The second alternate will also earn an educational savings bond and serve as Miss Young Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.

There are also awards available in the areas of Community Service, Scholastic Achievement, Stage Arts and Most Inspirational. The audience will get to have their “say” by selecting the “People’s Choice Award.”

Tickets are $8 each for general admission and can be purchased at the door. For more information contact Kristina Stamper at (209) 612-6930.

Young Manteca City Ambassador Candidates:

Name: Nicolas Perez
Age: 10
School: Manteca Christian School
Stage Arts: Dance Presentation
Sponsor: M&L Vacuums, In The Cutz, Anderson’s Mower and Bike, & ABC Transmissions Inc.

Name: Eriq Kurys
Age: 10
School: Neil Hafley Elementary School
Stage Arts: Vocal Presentation
Sponsor: Dr. Carmelita Nisperos

Miss Young Manteca Candidates:

Name: Anmol Kaur
Age: 10
School: Lincoln Elementary School
Stage Arts: Speech Presentation
Sponsor: Ms Nyar, Ms. Arp, American Furniture Gallery, Dr. Shorab Barkhordar of Kaiser Permanente, Family & Friends

Name: Genevieve Elise Hammarstrom
Age: 10
School: New Haven Elementary School
Stage Arts: Hula Dance
Sponsor: DBA ZEP – Men Construction

Name: Mikaela Lee Bristow
Age: 10
School: Neil Hafley Elementary School
Stage Arts: Dance Performance
Sponsor: Vern’s Towing Inc.

Name: Taela Lynn Ann Heath
Age: 11
School: Stella Brockman Elementary School
Stage Arts: Vocal Performance
Sponsor: Bob’s Pharmacy

Name: Cipriana Lopez
Age: 11
School: New Haven Elementary School
Stage Arts: Dance Performance
Sponsor: Delicato Vineyards

Name: Lauren Elizabeth Perez
Age: 12
School: Manteca Christian School
Stage Arts: Lyrical Dance
Sponsor: Norcal Muffler & Truck, Custom Sounds & Window Tint, & Tammy’s Baby Shoppe


Miss Teen Manteca competition taking place on Saturday morning
POSTED  March 5, 2009 1:50 a.m.

The Manteca Youth Focus presents the 2009 Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

The competition for the titles of Miss Teen Manteca and Teen Manteca City Ambassador will be held at Cornerstone Community Church located at 17900 Comconex Road in Manteca. Miss Teen Manteca 2009 Myklyn Balmut and Teen Manteca City Ambassador 2009 Tyler Scott will pass the torch of leadership on to two new individuals as part of the 2009 Teen Manteca Scholarship Competition.

One young man and four young women ages 13 to 15 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Teen Manteca City Ambassador 2009 and Miss Teen Manteca 2009. They are also competing for their share in over $700 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.

These outstanding young individuals will be featured in the Community Advocacy Speech Competition, in which they will present a community service project to be carried out in the coming year. They will also share their unique personal talents in the Stage Arts phase of Competition. Each contestant will also be challenged to speak “off-the-cuff” in the Press Interview phase of competition.

Last week the contestants were scored in an additional 3 phases of competition including Community Service Résumé, Scholastic Achievement, and Personality Interview.

Under the direction of Kristina Stamper, a former Miss Manteca 2001-2002 and Miss California State 2003, with Co-director Lavonna Robins and Assistant Director Alanna Robins, the theme of the competition show is “All-Star Round-Up” featuring the 2009 contestants with entertainment by the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers and Alumni. The host for the event will be former Manteca City Ambassador 2005 and California State Ambassador 2006, Matthew Vaughan.

Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an education scholarship for each of the top prizes as Miss Teen Manteca and Teen Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternate will also earn a scholarship and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair. The second alternate will also earn an educational scholarship and serve as Miss Teen Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.

There are also awards available in the areas of Community Service, Scholastic Achievement, Stage Arts and Most Inspirational. The audience will get to have their “say” by selecting the “People’s Choice Award.”

Tickets are $8 each for general admission and can be purchased at the door. For more information contact Kristina Stamper at (209) 612-6930.

Teen Manteca City Ambassador Candidate:

Name: Dalton James Harris
Age: 15
School: Sierra High School
Stage Arts: JROTC Rifle Exercise Exhibition
Sponsor: Stacey and Dean Harris

Miss Teen Manteca Candidates:

Name: Victoria Watson
Age: 15
School: Sierra High School
Stage Arts: Martial Arts Demonstration
Sponsor: Manteca Janitorial

Name: Marissa Davina Candelaria
Age: 13
School: Lathrop Elementary School
Stage Arts: Vocal Performance
Sponsor: Frank Cavaco of the Lathrop Rush, John & Anna Candelaria

Name: Jordan Nicole Renfro
Age: 14
School: East Union High School
Stage Arts: Vocal Performance
Sponsor: Dr. Sean Sangalang, DDS

Name: Lauren Alyssa Herrington
Age:13
School: Lincoln Elementary School
Stage Arts: Dance Performance
Sponsor: Teamsters Local #439


Manteca Scholarship Competition Friday
POSTED  March 4, 2009 1:28 a.m.

The Manteca Youth Focus is presenting the 2009 Manteca Scholarship Competition on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The competition for the titles of Miss Manteca and Manteca City Ambassador will be held at Cornerstone Community Church located at 17900 Comconex Road in Manteca. Miss Manteca 2008 Ashley Parker and Manteca City Ambassador 2008 Greg Atherton will pass the torch of leadership on to two new individuals as part of the 2009 Manteca Scholarship Competition.

Two young men and three young women ages 16 to 21 have stepped forward to accept the honor and challenge of serving as Manteca City Ambassador 2009 and Miss Manteca 2009. They are also competing for their share in over $3,000 of scholarships to be awarded through the annual Scholarship Competition.

These outstanding young individuals will be featured in the Community Advocacy Speech Competition, in which they will present a community service project to be carried out in the coming year. They will also share their unique personal talents in the Stage Arts phase of Competition. Each contestant will also be challenged to speak “off-the-cuff” in the Press Interview phase of competition.

Last week the contestants were scored in an additional three phases of competition including Community Service Résumé, Scholastic Achievement, and Personality and Event Interview.

Under the direction of Kristina Stamper, a former Miss Manteca 2001-2002 and Miss California State 2003, with Co-Director Lavonna Robins and Assistant Director Alanna Robins, the theme of the competition show is “All-Star Round-Up” featuring the 2009 contestants with entertainment by the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers and Alumni. The host for the evening event will be former Manteca City Ambassador 1994-95 and California State Ambassador 1996, Dan Lansford.

Sponsored by Manteca Youth Focus, contestants will have the opportunity to earn an education scholarship for each of the top prizes as Miss Manteca and Manteca City Ambassador. The first alternates will also earn scholarships and the opportunity to represent the annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair, held the first weekend of October, as Miss Pumpkin Fair and Pumpkin Fair Ambassador. The second alternate will also earn an educational scholarship and serve as Miss Winter Fest, representing the Manteca Twilight Holiday Parade.

There are also awards available in the areas of Community Service, Scholastic Achievement, Stage Arts and Most Inspirational. The audience will get to have their “say” by selecting the “People’s Choice Award.”

Tickets are $8 each for general admission and can be purchased at the door. For more information contact Kristina Stamper at (209) 612-6930.

Manteca City Ambassador Candidates:

Name: Horst Michael Bauer
Age: 18
School: East Union High School
Stage Arts: Piano Performance
Sponsors: Parklane Cleaners & USA Motors.com, Inc.

Name: John-Alan Hewitt
Age: 17
School: Sierra High School
Stage Arts: Art Presentation
Sponsors: Nancy Ashment of State Farm Insurance, Roadrunner Glass, Family & Friends

Miss Manteca Candidates:

Name: Tanya Christine Towner
Age: 16
School: Sierra High School
Stage Arts: Tap Dance
Sponsors: Manteca Mike’s

Name: Erika Anne Hafer
Age: 19
School: Modesto Junior College
Stage Arts: Vocal Performance
Sponsors: KD Inspirations

Name: Amanda Nicole Rosas
Age: 17
School: Sierra High School
Stage Arts: Vocal Performance
Sponsors: Mad Dog Hats


9/29/08 Manteca Bulletin
Getting their KICs helping keep park clean

Dennis Wyatt
Managing Editor

Lauren Perez gets her KICs serving the community.

The Manteca Christian School seventh grader and reigning Young Miss WinterFest organized a volunteer work party to clean up litter at Woodward Park Saturday as part of her Keep it Clean (KIC) effort.

She also used it as an opportunity to help police form a closer relationship with neighborhood residents in an effort to combat gang intrusions into the park.

The 12-year-old came up with the idea of the park clean up when she was competing in the Manteca Youth Focus scholarship competition. Each competitor needs to come up with a community service project. What inspired her was a visit to Roberts Estates Park off Junction Boulevard south of Sierra High where she noticed gang graffiti on playground equipment and trash strewn about the park.

Saturday's clean-up endeavor had nearly two dozen volunteers including Manteca Youth Focus representatives as well as members of their families. Also in the mix were two Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) plus two Manteca Police Department gang unit members.

Perez had contacted Police Chief Dave Bricker about her project. They decided that it was a perfect opportunity to encourage a closer working relationship with the nearby residents. Perez and other volunteers circulated a flyer on the clean-up effort and the fact Manteca Police gang unit members would be helping in the neighborhood surrounding the park.

Woodard Park in the past has been hit by gang graffiti.

The two officers and SHARP volunteers helped pick up trash Saturday along with other volunteers. They also used the opportunity to talk with residents who were taking walks around the park or visiting the playground with their children.

Perez is the daughter of Al and Lola Perez.

The Manteca Youth Focus members volunteer at numerous community endeavors. They also have an entertainment element and perform everything from dancing to singing as well at community events.

They are part of this weekend's Manteca Pumpkin Fair in downtown that takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The Pumpkin Fair titleholders are on stage Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the community stage located on South Maple Avenue. The Youth Focus entertainers will perform the final hour Saturday on the same stage starting at 5 p.m.

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/25/2008 1:51:00 AM  Email this articlePrint this article 
Tyler Scott
Manteca Youth Focus promotes community advocacy
Manteca Youth Focus continues its tradition of ubiquitous participation in community activities with the creation of their new "Community Advocacy Program".

The non-profit organization has continually been recognized as an outstanding youth service organization providing thousands of hours for various charitable causes and organizations. Each of the past four years, the program is rewarded for its efforts with the Gold Level "President's Volunteer Service Award" from the President of the United States awarded by the Points of Light Foundation. MYF has long-considered volunteer service to be the cornerstone of their programs including scholarship competitions, performing arts and leadership training. The Community Advocacy Program combines leadership development with volunteer service to create a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for its youth.

The Community Advocacy Program was created as a phase of competition for each of the three age-levels of scholarship competitions which are held annually, most recently this past February. Each contestant was challenged to address a need that they see in the community by participating in an existing community project or creating their own. Each of the titleholders chosen for 2008 will be unveiling their projects throughout the coming year.

The first titleholder to be conducting his advocacy project is Tyler Scott, the Teen Manteca City Ambassador for 2008.

For his project, Scott wanted to bring awareness to the plight of animals, a topic which he is passionate about. Scott jokes about being the "next Crocodile Hunter" and hosting his own TV show on Animal Planet. After speaking to him about his favorite subject; one can't help but think this 13 year old 8th grader at Big Valley Christian School in Modesto has a good shot.

This event is free and open to the public. In addition to the information about Pets & Pals, attendees can also participate in the kids' activity area with an animal theme hosted by MYF including face-painting, coloring & crafts.

If you would like more information about Manteca Youth Focus volunteer service programs, please visit them on the web at or contact Community Service Director Yoli Vaughan at 823-5048.

4/20/2008 12:48:00 AM  Email this articlePrint this article 
2008 Miss Pumpkin Fair 2008 Amanda Rosas and Manteca City Ambassador 2008 Colton Harris use their rakes to pick up debris to load into garbage bags during Saturday’s Tidewater Bikeway clean up between Yosemite Avenue and Center Street conducted by volunteers from the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis and Manteca Youth Focus. Bulletin photo by HIME ROMERO.
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Are you or your group interested in helping maintain or improve a segment of the Tidewater Bikeway? You can get more information by calling the Manteca Parks and Recreation Department at 239-8470.


Sunrise Kiwanis, volunteers beautify Tidewater segment

Jason Campbell
Reporter

All Donna Shannon needed Saturday to gauge how her project was going was to count the smiling faces.

And the compliments.

Starting just before 8 a.m., Shannon led a handful of Sunrise Kiwanis volunteers in a project organized as part of Kiwanis International's "Total K-Day" held across the country. The Manteca service club took the heart of the Tidewater Bikeway from Center Street to Yosemite Avenue beautifying it by reworking the soil, removing weeds, and planting flowers.

While the group has made maintaining the bikeway part of their normal community service plan - coming out every few weeks to pick-up litter and debris in certain sections - Saturday's effort was part of a special undertaking. Those who use the path for walking and jogging didn't hesitate to stop in and thank the group for their efforts.

"People have been so appreciative - they're so happy to see this section of the bike path maintained," said Shannon. "It's uplifting to see the people that come out every day and use it recognize the change."

With the support of sponsors like Wal-Mart - who donated all of the top soil and all of the plants that were in Saturday's effort - and Verizon, the group focused on converting small, unmaintained sections into beautiful new landscaped areas that Shannon says the group is working with Parks and Recreation crews to maintain on a regular basis.

Ever since the City of Manteca bought and converted the abandoned railroad path through the heart of town, the work of service groups like the Sunrise Kiwanis to maintain the extensive area and improvements that have been made by the groups and student volunteers like the Boy Scouts or the Manteca Youth Focus volunteers that joined in with the planting effort Saturday.

Tanya Towner - a freshman at Sierra High - recruited her friend Bridget Castillo to do her volunteer hours for her leadership class with the Manteca Youth Focus community performers that also reach out with volunteer projects of their own throughout the year.

Shannon just hopes that the residents that get the most use and benefit out of the projects - those that use the bikeway for their morning exercise or their family walks - will continue to maintain their presence self-policing so that vandalism doesn't ruin all of the work poured into keeping it useable.

"It's unfortunate that some people choose to do that," Shannon said, noting that an owl house built by local Boys Scouts was knocked down recently. "But people love getting out here and it's good to see people that appreciate an asset to the community like this."
4/7/2008 1:01:00 AM  Email this articlePrint this article 
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Manteca Youth Focus members Lauren Herrington, left, and Marissa Candelaria earned the titles of “California State Junior Princesses” in the 2008 California State Junior Ambassador Competition held recently in San Jose.
2 Manteca Youth Focus girls earn California Junior Ambassador titles
Two members of the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers recently traveled to San Jose to compete in the California State Junior Ambassador Competition.

The event, sponsored by Youth Focus, Inc., was held March 15. It took place at Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose, California. Young people ages 10 through 12 from across California competed in the annual scholarship program which awards talent scholarships.

Competitors participate in a wide variety of phases including personality interview, communicative skills, poise and appearance and stage arts. Top prizes include the titles of California State Junior Ambassadress going to Victoria Ashby and Golden State Junior Ambassadress going to Summer Vance.

Lathrop resident, Marissa Candelaria, is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Lathrop Elementary School and is currently volunteering with the Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers. She represented her community well receiving a Victory Award in the Communicative Skills area of competition. She also received an award of merit and tiara as a "California State Junior Princess".

Another member of the MYF Entertainers, Lauren Herrington, also received the prize of "California State Junior Princess". The 12-year-old Manteca resident is a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary School and also earned a Victory Award in the Poise and Appearance phase of competition.

Youth Focus Inc. sponsors a variety of youth programs throughout California and Oregon. The California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition for 16 year old seniors through adults age 21 is scheduled to take place August of 2008 in San Jose, California. Miss Manteca Emma Kay Henry, Miss Lathrop Kristina Candelaria and Lathrop Ambassador Chris Navalta will be competing at this competition. This competition is also open to boys and girls who are 16-year old seniors through 21 years of age from the state of California at large, no preliminary competition is required. Youth Focus Inc. will also conduct the California State Teen Accolades Competition for boys and girls ages 13 to 16-year old juniors at that same time. More information about these programs is available on their website www.youth-focus.org or by calling (408) 298-2695.

7/1/2007 12:41:00 AM
Candelaria reigns as Miss Lathrop for today's birthday bash Dennis Wyatt Managing Editor LATHROP -
Sierra High senior Kristina Candelaria is the first Miss Lathrop since at least 1990. Candelaria - along with the first-ever Lathrop Ambassador Christopher Navalta who is also a Sierra High senior - will make their initial public appearance today during the 18th annual City of Lathrop birthday party starting at 4:30 p.m. at Valverde Park on Fifth Street. If you're surprised there is a Miss Lathrop and a Lathrop Ambassador, join the crowd. Up until it was announced Friday, Candelaria and Navalta had no such idea that either title existed. That's because the Manteca Youth Focus working in conjunction with Lathrop community leaders such as Lathrop Mayor Kristy Sayles, Lathrop Chamber of Commerce President Mary Kennedy-Bracken and Frank Cavaco are launching a Lathrop branch of the successful scholarship-community service-entertainment organization. The two will reign for 15 months until the first Lathrop scholarship pageants are conducted in September of 2008 in conjunction with Lathrop Days. Until then, they will help spread the word about the program to Lathrop youth as well as appear at various Lathrop functions. Cavaco, Sayles, and Kennedy-Bracken are forming the nucleus of a Lathrop advisory board serving with Manteca Youth Focus to provide the community with the scholarship competition. "It will definitely be modeled after what Lathrop wants but we're using the foundation of what is already in place," said Manteca Youth Focus co-director Shim Lacy. Lathrop youth have always competed and served with the Manteca Youth Focus royal family or the entertainers group. Both Candelaria and Navalta have been involved with Manteca Youth Focus. Lacy said expanding with a separate program in Lathrop is another way the group can show its appreciation for community support it has received over the years. Manteca Youth Focus participates in 80 events a year ranging from the farmers market on Tuesday nights to performing at retirement homes. And that doesn't count the behind-the-scenes efforts such as faithfully putting out their own sections of flags each time for the Flags Over Manteca effort, adopting downtown street planters or helping stage a Christmas party and dinner for Manteca's needy children in conjunction with the Ray of Hope. The community service and performance schedule also helps the young people involved to build confidence. It's an attitude that Lacy said she has been told by those who have gone on to other endeavors have said has stuck with them. They also learn team work and the value of delayed gratification. The same principles that are the foundation of most organized youth sports. With 25 to 30 participants a year, Manteca Youth Focus has touched the lives of over 300 different youth in the past 12 years. But Lacy doesn't believe that is good enough. Lacy said the Manteca Youth Focus board is working on ways of expanding of what the organization does by going in other directions. Lacy said the group is also researching the history of previous Miss Lathrop titleholders If you'd like information on Manteca Youth Focus, the new Lathrop program or have information on past Lathrop titleholders, you can go to www.mantecayouthfocus.com or call Lacy at 518-3915.

6/13/2007 2:07:00 AM 
Manteca Youth Focus: Singing praises of serving others --Dennis Wyatt Managing Editor
It looks - at first glance - like a bunch of girls and boys having fun. And they are. But there is more to the Manteca Youth Focus entertainers than just having fun. They're learning discipline, how to act responsibly, how to persevere, and how to serve. Those are the same traits that youth sports teams when coached properly are credited with fostering. "The sports analogy is perfect," said Shim Lacy who serves as a co-director of the 12-year-old youth performing arts and service group. "If they don't show up in the proper uniform, they sit the bench. If they don't show up at a practice, they sit the bench and support the rest of the team." Lacy also talks about the joy of helping kids develop as singers and entertainers on the stage. "I never get tired of it," she said. "There are always new kids each year who join." If Lacy sounds a bit like she has the attitude of a drill sergeant on Broadway with a strong dash of a "team mother" tossed in, it is no accident. Lacy and Manteca Youth Focus combine the three traits of team work, perseverance, and service to make the program what she believes it is today - Manteca's premier youth performing troupe. There are dance studios and other endeavors including competitive cheer teams and such but they can't match Manteca Youth Focus for the stamina or the exposure. Manteca Youth Focus participates in 80 events a year ranging from the farmers market on Tuesday night to performing at retirement homes. And that doesn't count the behind-the-scenes efforts such as faithfully putting out their own sections of flags each time for the Flags Over Manteca effort, adopting downtown street planters or helping stage a Christmas party and dinner for Manteca's needy children in conjunction with the Ray of Hope. "They learn that life goes on," Lacy said of those involved in Youth Focus. "If you make a mistake when you're performing, you recover and go on. It's just like life. You persevere and keep going." The community service and performance schedule also helps the young people involved to build confidence. It's an attitude that she has been told by those who have gone on to other endeavors that has stuck with them. They also learn team work and the value of delayed gratification. The same principles that are the foundation of most organized youth sports. With 25 to 30 participants a year, Manteca Youth Focus has touched the lives of over 300 different youth in the past 12 years. But Lacy doesn't believe that is good enough. "Except for the recreation programs, we are the only real performing arts group in town that is open to youth," Lacy said. "I know that there are a lot more than 25 kids in Manteca who want to sing and dance." Lacy said the Manteca Youth Focus board is working on ways of expanding of what the organization does by going in other directions. If you'd like information on Manteca Youth Focus, you can go to www.mantecayouthfocus.com or call Lacy at 518-3915.


Mini Miss & Mr. Manteca competitions planned Manteca Youth Focus is going “small.”

The non-profit group that 12 years ago took the Miss Manteca contest and transformed it into a year-round community service and entertainment organization with an emphasis on developing team and leadership skills is conducting a Mini Manteca competition on Saturday, April 21. “It’s a way to help instill the ideals of community service at an early age,” said Manteca Youth Focus President Pat Rabeldo of the competition open to boys and girls 6 to 9 years of age. The 30-member strong Manteca Youth Focus group has racked up 8,500 hours of community service in the past year at 232 events. The group’s prolific community involvement earned them recognition from President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation as well as being voted Best of Manteca for a service group. The upcoming competition won’t be as intense. “It is more low key, and designed to have fun,” said Manteca Youth Focus Scholarships Competition Director Shim Lacy. There is a mandatory information meeting and rehearsal on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the McFall Room at the Manteca Library. Then on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon is the Mini Manteca Leadership Fun Camp that included a pizza party from 8 a.m. to noon. The competition takes place later that day at 5 p.m. at the Manteca Library Park Gazebo Stage. Lacy said it isn’t a pageant per se like Hawaiian Topic. Instead it is simply a way to give kids a chance to work together and to learn how to appear in front of a crowd. There will be some components such as a question asked of each contestant that Lacy expects to have the same appeal of Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things” show. “It’s about having fun and learning,” Lacy said. The winners of the Mini Miss Manteca and Mini Mister Manteca will ride with Miss Manteca in the Fourth of July parade. Lacy credits former Manteca Ambassador James Reed who is studying business at California State University, Stanislaus for coming up with the idea. “He thought it would be a good way to get young people involved with the idea of community service and the performing arts at an earlier age,” Lacy said. Reed also helps produce and choreograph many of the Manteca Youth Focus presentations. The cost is $40 but if youth are registered by this Friday, April 7, the entry fee is reduced to $25. The event is open to youth who reside or attend schools within the Manteca Unified School District boundaries. For more information call Lacy at 518-3915. By DENNIS WYATT Managing editor of the Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin