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Manteca High administrators, students in state lip sync finals
The Manteca High Thespian Club conducts a skit during the rally. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Manteca High School Latin Experience Club will be competing in this weekend’s state Principals Lip Syncing competition in Ceres.

Principal Doug McCreath and Vice Principal Troy Fast will be among the local group of administrators and students in the 12-team field at Central Valley High.

The MHS lip-syncing group is made up of 47 members. They qualified by taking third-place in the regional event held several weeks ago at Cesar Chavez High in Stockton, with top three finishers advancing to the state competition.

In the process, the MHS Latin Experience Club earned $1,000 in scholarship money.

Club advisor Daniel Hanson noted that the experience had been a very positive one for all involved.

On Friday, his club had a chance to display its routine in front of the student body during the annual Multi-Cultural Assembly at Winter Gym.

“We were able to get an extra dress rehearsal (before the state event),” said Mikaela Reyes, who, along with Malena Castaneda, is also involved in the MHS Latin Experience Club.

The assembly entitled “A Celebration Across the Globe” was a swan song of sort for advisor Carol de sa Campos.

“She’s been involved with organizing the assembly for years,” said activities director Jon De Roos. “This is her last year.”

MHS students Oluwaseye Ogunnaike and Breanne Hatfield hosted the multi-cultural event. Besides the Latin Experience lip-syncing, the assembly consisted of traditional performances by the Ballet Folklorico Club, the Tahitian Dance squad, the Asian Club – namely, the Filipino “bamboo” and Chinese “fan” dances – and a Punjabi / Irish / Hindi number by the Diversity Dance Team.

The Asian Club and the Black Student Union both performed modern dance numbers.

In addition, Amanda Sunday went solo on a song while the MHS Drama Department performed a number from its recent play, “All Shook Up.”