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Performing Arts take center stage at Lathrop High

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Performing Arts take center stage at Lathrop High

Brandon Flores points out his picture that earned a third-place ribbon to friends Dustin Bertan and Jeremy Julian.


POSTED March 25, 2009 4:47 a.m.
LATHROP – Kenneth DeGuzman didn’t have to be at Lathrop High’s first ever Performing Arts night Tuesday, but that didn’t stop him from coming in to browse the walls covered in the projects that students had created over the course of the last three months.

Once track practice finished up, DeGuzman sought out works like the photograph taken by cousin that garnered a first place ribbon and from a other students and friends that he knows even though he isn’t currently enrolled in any arts classes himself.

“I just wanted to come out and see the different things students have done here at the school,” DeGuzman said. “I think that events like this are really good for school spirit and really give us strength and unity because we get to know about things that might be different, and that’s always a good thing.”

While a myriad of two-dimensional works were hanging in the foyer of Manteca Unified’s newest high school, a presentation gave those in attendance a glimpse of the drama and choir contingencies as well as those involved with the school’s piano program.

Parents and students packed into the theater to create a friendly environment that enthusiastically cheered on fellow students in their performances and welcomed each program change – whether it was the conclusion of the drama department’s preview of their upcoming performance, or a member of the piano club who was performing an especially difficult piece.

According to photo art teacher Cassidee Dermond, the overall support for art programs throughout the student body has been overwhelmingly positive and could end up allowing for students to take the next step in their studies as early as next year.

“We’ve got a great turnout here tonight, and the kids seem really excited to be able to show some of the things that they’ve been doing in class,” Dermond said. “So far this year I’ve had all of my classes fill up and hopefully, if that continues, we’ll be able to offer some advanced classes next year for students who want to take that next step.”

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