By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Manteca High MEChA Club picks royalty
pic cinco-de-royal-1-LT
Carlos Belmonte and Teresa Morales were crowned Cinco de Mayo king and queen at the Manteca High MEChA Club lunch-time festivities on Monday - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Teresa Morales and Carlos Belmonte were announced as Cinco de Mayo queen and king at Monday’s Manteca High lunch-time festivities.

The annual event hosted by the MEChA Club included the return of last year’s royal court of queen Vanessa Alvarez and king Braulio Solis along with Chelsie Gomez and Marisela Villegas.

Morales, a sophomore, is involved in cross country and soccer at MHS. She’s also in the school band, where she plays the clarinet.

The first queen candidate was freshman Lorena Calderon. Junior Erica Verduzco was named as the second queen candidate.

Stephany Brajas and Lorena Hernandez were also in the running for the Cinco de Mayo queen.

As for the king, Belmonte, who is a junior, also enjoys soccer.

He was joined in the 2014 royal court by first king candidate Edgar Zarate and second king candidate Bryan Dominguez.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, according to David Cantaneda and Isabella Garcia Mendez, co-emcees of the MEChA Club event.

The club advisor is Michela Reyes. Bilingual aide Malena Cantaneda served as the organizer for the MEChA celebration.