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Manteca Soroptimists honor Tevani Liotard

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Manteca businesswoman and longtime educator Tevani Liotard is honored with a special service award for her dedication to the community. Pictured are Liotard, Sharon Cunial and Betty Ingell.


POSTED May 9, 2014 1:58 a.m.

She is someone who has been a role model to many young female athletes, as well as an overall achiever and community volunteer.

She is Manteca High School graduate Tevani Liotard. She has collected a string of awards and recognitions through the years, from her days at the Buffalo campus to her years with Manteca Unified School District. She added another feather to her roster of accomplishments this year when Manteca Soroptimist International honored her with the Woman of Distinction Award for 2013.

Awards night, held at the Manteca Senior Center, included the recognition of the women who were chosen as Women of Opportunity, an exemplary student selected to receive the Betty Bergthold Scholarship, and the outstanding students from the district’s five comprehensive high schools as well as Calla High and New Vision who were the recipients of the annual scholarships given away by the service club every year.

The Woman of Distinction award, according to the Soroptimist’s guidelines, “honors women who have, through their professional, business or volunteer activities, made extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Women of Distinction are ideal role models, having demonstrated exemplary character, integrity, ability and leadership.”

The Buffalo graduate who went on to California State University, Sacramento on a volleyball scholarship and subsequently earned All-America in that sport, was later inducted into the Sacramento State Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and later earned her master’s degree in Kinesiology as well as her teaching credential at the University of the Pacific in 2004.

In 2005, she was selected to receive the California Interscholastic Federation Model Coach of the Year. That honor came from present and past athletes who nominated her to the selection committee for Model Coach.

Tevani started her teaching career in physical education with Manteca Unified in 1990. Eight years later, she began her coaching career on the high school level in volleyball, basketball, and softball. In her 14 years as Varsity Volleyball coach, she earned five playoff appearances.

On top of her teaching and coaching careers, Tevani still found time to be the advisor for the Interact Club of Manteca, a role she has undertaken in the past 14 years.

Her recognition as a Woman of Distinction, in part, came from her work with this youth group. As Soroptimist pointed out, “Her work with this group has been phenomenal and the club has flourished and grown under her direction.”

“Service Above Self” is the one thing that Interact focuses on which involves volunteer activities and projects that enhance the community where they live. These include Safe Halloween, Super Bowl Omelet Breakfast, Soroptimist Spring Luncheon, Spring Tea and Awards Night, among many others.

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