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Singing the praises of Manteca Unified choir students

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Singing the praises of Manteca Unified choir students

Trisha Checketts and Adriana Solis look over the music before taking the stage.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED October 7, 2009 2:34 a.m.
Dan Rohovit didn’t seem the least bit nervous as he stepped up to the microphone for the first ever Manteca Unified Honor Choir performance that included representatives from all five of the district’s high schools.

With Paul Simon’s timeless “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as the task, Rohovit was perfect as he added his tenor dimension to a song that would serve as the night’s key performance – setting a tone that other soloists Trisha Checketts and Cheyenne Milligan would perfectly accent to the delight of the crowd.

And inside of Lathrop High School’s shiny new performing arts center – which was packed full of family, friends, and fellow students there to encourage their friends – the evening’s performance was a showcase in what Manteca’s students can do with a little bit of practice and a whole lot of determination.

Time wasn’t exactly on their side when they set out to tackle what would become a stirring endeavor.

There were more than several dozen participants in Tuesday’s presentation, and with them representing the five different high schools in the district – each with its own set of circumstances – and with each of those students with their own prior commitments, the six weeks that they had to rehearse didn’t seem like a whole lot given the nature of what they were about to tackle.

Maybe it was the shiny new digs at the district’s newest high school.

And it could have just been one of those nights where everything just seemed to come together.

But considering that these were the best and brightest of their respective choir groupings coming together at one time it was more than likely the talent of those who stepped up on the risers and serenaded those in attendance that really managed to make the night what it was – a true glimpse into what dedication and raw natural talent can bring in even the shortest amount of time.

While they’re schools that are normally competing against one another in competitions for both recognition and awards, seeing the collective group performing as one – with some of the students meeting one another for the first time only weeks before – was one of the highlights of the evening and proof that the love for a common goal can surpass even the deep seeds of competition.

“A lot of us get up here because we love to sing – it’s a chance to express yourself and do what it is that you enjoy,” Rohovit said. “And the best part is all of us getting together and working together towards a common goal instead of worrying about competing amongst ourselves.

“This shows us that we can all work together and we can succeed regardless of what school it is that we came from – it’s all about the performance, and that’s what everybody here has realized.”

The 2009 Manteca Unified School District Honor Choir consists of:

SOPRANOS: Sadaf Ahrari EUHS, Hali Castro EUHS, Rachel DeLibertis WRHS, Robyn Glover EUHS, Jessica Gumucio SHS, Cheyenne Hickey EUHS, Juliana Mackey EUHS, Cheyenne Milligan SHS, Sara Mora LHS, Jordyn Owens EUHS, Marissa Padilla MHS, Mariah Perez EUHS, Jordan Renfro EUHS, Jana Sarangelo LHS, Jene Settlemoir EUHS, Amanda Sokolowski EUHS, Adriana Solis LHS, Kelsey Wells SHS, Valerie Westover SHS, Serena Wood EUHS

BASSES: Jeremy Julian LHS, Tom Klingenfuss EUHS, Alexiss Ramirez SHS

ALTOS: Kellani Arnold SHS, Jessica Barry WRHS, Cynthia Cantu EUHS, Lauren Carbajal EUHS, Trisha Checketts SHS, Kimberly Contreras EUHS, Jacquiline Craig LHS, Jessica Denning LHS, Kaitlyn Helsley MHS, Laura Leos LHS, Amanda Lopez EUHS, Nonica Nevarez EUHS, Richelle Reynoso LHS, Abigail Tucker EUHS, Chelsea Twohy MHS, Briana Uribe MHS

TENORS: Jason Araya EUHS, Daniel DePuy WRHS, Corwin Rocha EUHS, Dan Rohovit MHS
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