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Contestants sought for 2015 Manteca Youth Focus effort
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Share your talents. Give back to the community. Earn money for college. Expand your leadership skills. Learn how to write a résumé. Gain confidence in public speaking. Make new friends. Wear a cool crown.

You could be the next Miss Manteca or Manteca City Ambassador or one of the more than two dozen other titles and awards being offered during the annual Manteca Youth Focus (MYF) Scholarship Competitions. MYF is an award-winning volunteer organization that has been recognized as “Best of Manteca” and also by Presidents Obama, G.W. Bush and Clinton through the national Points of Light Foundation.   

MYF scholarship competitions are open to youth and young adults between the ages of 10-20 who attend school or reside within the boundaries of the Manteca Unified School District. This includes public, private, home and charter school students in the communities of Manteca, Lathrop, French Camp and Weston Ranch. This also includes college-age students who maintain permanent residence within MUSD boundaries but may attend accredited college or university outside the area. Equal prizes are available for boys and girls.

Candidate’s age as of March 1 determines one of the three separate age divisions; ages 10-12, 13-15 and 16-20.

No previous experience is required and there are no phases of competition related to physical beauty. That means no modeling, no bathing suits; MYF is all about leadership and service. They plan to offer over $6,000 in educational scholarships this year and every participant will earn a minimum scholarship. If you or someone you know is interested in attend the upcoming information sessions to find out more. If you are under 18, plan to bring a parent or guardian.

Competition Information meetings are scheduled tonight and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Leonard Photography, 300 East Yosemite Avenue (southeast corner of Lincoln and Yosemite in Manteca).

For more info please contact Competition Director, Shim Lacy-Watson at 209.518.3915 or email Forms and Information can also be found at The deadline for entries is the first workshop on Jan. 31.