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Lobo Gold rally honors academic achievers
Lobo Gold recipients sit in the front row wearing their medals. Additional photos on
It was more than just another Fall Lobo Gold Rally at Sierra High.

The Manteca Unified campus used Friday’s rally honoring students for their academic achievements to also recognize the 36-point spike in the state Department of Education’s Academic Performance Index.

The API is part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting or STAR. Scores range from 200 to 1,000 in the various subject groups, with Sierra leading all comprehensive secondary sites in the district with an API score of 744.

Principal Susan Pearson is hoping to see an improvement of that come next year, setting a realistic goal of 750.

In order to raise those test scores, she won’t be relying on magic but rather hard work.

The 15th annual event, however, did include a little magic in a skit featuring the likes of Criss Angel and Harry Potter.

Jon Walkup and Hatim Hanif respectively played the “Mind Freak” and the fictional J.K. Rowling character.

The two Sierra students formulated the idea months ago and began writing the spoof during the summer, working with their teacher, Daniel Dolieslager.

The Fall Lobo Gold rally also included a spoof of the “Twilight” series, with Tim Cornish and Jose Avila in the role of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, respectively.

Other entertainment consisted of dance numbers by both the Black Student Union and the Asian Pacific Club.

The latter used the event to showcase their moves, with Nico Navarro, Miguel Dominguez, Miguel Ramos, Elliot Villanueva and Rowell Esquejo proving to be both agile and dexterous.

But the event was really about the 106 students receiving medals for achieving a 4.0 GPA or better as Lobo Gold recipients.

The rally also paid tribute to the 303 students earning Lobo Silver and the 318 achieving Lobo Blue.

Another Lobo Gold Rally is planned for the spring.