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High school here they come!
Nancy Berssosa, Monique Sandhu and Jade Griffin share a moment before walking into the Manteca High Gymnasium for the Sequoia Elementary promotion ceremony. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL

The Sequoia Tigers are going to high school.

The soon-to-be Manteca Buffaloes were formally promoted in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon inside of the Dr. Robert C. Winter Gymnasium – which nearly filled to accommodate the family and friends of the students.

Jasmine Evans led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and joined Gabby Nelson in a welcome speech.

Valedictorian Kassandra Diaz recapped the experiences shared among the students and forecasted the bright futures for each of those being honored Tuesday afternoon.

Manteca Unified Trustee Don Scholl accepted the class from Principal Lisa Herrin, and joined Jacqui Breitenbucher, Dr. Cheryl Meeker, Herrin and Christine Benson in the presentation of certificates.

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Joshua Cowell 8th grader Deyvion Bobo sang “The World’s Greatest” at the school’s promotion ceremony Tuesday morning.

They’re certainly heading that way.

Welcomed by Principal Bonnie Bennett, the class was formally introduced through a promotion address before Jaianna Parker Golston performed the National Anthem. Jacob Menasco led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance before Bobo performed his musical number.

The future Manteca High students received special awards from Bennett before Manteca Unified Trustee Michael Seelye accepted the class and Teacher Allyn Ziebarth formally read the names of those promoted.


Lathrop Elementary Principal David Silveira seemed crazy when he bucked the graduation trend, ditched the gowns and ordered up a breakfast for the students and their parents the morning of the event several years ago.

Now it has become a tradition.

Student Richard Hurtado kicked off the ceremony by leading those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance while Chloriza Avila and Arroma Rasdas delivered a speech entitled “Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Teachers Lloyd Mackey, Norm Lum and Mark Shima presented special awards to the students, and the 4th through 6th grade choir performed the song “I Hope You Dance.”

Silveira presented the class to Cheryl Meeker – the Director of Elementary Education – and Manteca Unified Trustee Manuel Medieros before the certificates of promotion were distributed.