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Manteca Youth Focus competition Friday, Saturday

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Manteca Youth Focus competition Friday, Saturday

The 2012 Manteca Youth Focus titleholders are, from left, Miss Young Manteca Allison Rae Nussbaumer, Manteca City Ambassador Erik Taylor Hasal, Miss Manteca Myklyn Grace Balmut, and Miss Teen Mante...

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POSTED March 5, 2013 1:33 a.m.

Manteca Youth Focus and scholarship competition directors Shim Lacy-Watson and Judi Whitby have gathered an army of volunteers to help stage the 2013 Manteca Youth Focus Scholarship Competitions this weekend.

This year’s competition will take place on Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Community Church on Lathrop Road in Manteca. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the door.

Lacy and Whitby recently coordinated the annual MYF Leadership Dinner to honor the past year’s titleholders who have served the community in 2012. Ten young adults received recognition and accolades from elected officials including Manteca City Councilman Steve DeBrum, San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott, Manteca Rotary’s Shawn Nussbaumer, Youth Focus Incorporated Executive Director Bill Smethers and Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion.

Delivering farewell remarks to the 150 people in attendance were Myklyn Grace Balmut, Miss Manteca; Erik Taylor Hasal, Manteca City Ambassador; Hannah Mattison Goe, Miss Teen Manteca; and Allison Rae Nussbaumer, Miss Young Manteca.

Nussbaumer reflected on her year of service recalling “I entered Manteca Youth Focus because I wanted to earn scholarships and become more involved in my community.”

The 13-year-old 8th grader at Big Valley Christian Junior High School had no idea it would be so much fun and such a rewarding experience. Her advice to the current contestants who are competing this week is to “don’t worry about being perfect. Be yourself and don’t worry about having the right or wrong answer.”

When asked to recall her most memorable moment from the year, Nussbaumer didn’t hesitate to name the Manteca Rotary Super Bowl Omelet breakfast. While helping to sell over $3,000 in raffle tickets at the event, Nussbaumer had the opportunity to interact with a young girl and encourage her to get involved in the community and MYF. The girl’s grandmother later commended Nussbaumer on her cheerful and outgoing manner, telling her she would surely go far and make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people.

Each of the city titleholders completed advocacy projects to benefit the community. Hasal and Balmut chose to serve the Manteca High School “Success Locker” program. Goe chose to stage an awareness campaign with the Bully Busters program to help combat bullying in schools. Nussbaumer chose to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child project benefitting Samaritan’s Purse.

All four of the city representatives would like to invite the community to come out and support the next round of leaders competing this weekend in the competitions. For more information on MYF competitions and programs, please contact Director Shim Lacy-Watson at 209-518-3915, email or visit them on the web at

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