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Manteca Unified showcases talent of various high school art students
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East Union High senior John Ochoa plays some mood music on the key board. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Jonathan Ortega has only been involved in ceramics since the beginning of the school year.

In that time, the Weston Ranch High senior has managed to craft several outstanding pieces, according to his instructor Kira Eadington, including the functional teapot displayed at Tuesday’s fourth annual Manteca Unified Art Show.

The dark green ceramic teapot captured the top overall “best of show” prize.

“He has a great eye for detail,” said Eadington of her student. “I only wished I had him all four years in my class.”

Ortega had an older sister who took ceramics and encouraged him to take the class.

“But I had other (required) classes that I had to take,” he said.

 Ortega’s work has earned him a first-place showing at the Tidewater art gallery and recognition in the San Joaquin County Potters Guild, Eadington added.

“He has other (ceramic) pieces that were really good,” she said. “We chose the (teapot) because he just finished it.”

All told, it took Ortega a week or five classroom days to complete his prized teapot.

 “I like making things that I envision in my head,” he said.

In the fall, Ortega has plans of attending Delta College, where he’s hoping to continue pursuing ceramics.

Other best of show winners included:

• Kayla Stonecypher, Sierra High, 3D art.

• Vanessa Nisperos, Weston Ranch, advanced digital photography.

• Juan Palomera, East Union, advanced art (drawing).

• Robert Vierra, Weston Ranch, advanced art II (drawing).

• Rebecca Whitlock, Sierra High, advanced photography.

• Rae Taylor, Manteca High, computer design.

• Edwin Corrales, Sierra, graphic design.

• Jason Owens, Sierra, introduction to photography.

Kirt Giovannoni, the art instructor at Manteca High, came away impressed with the new venue of the art show in the Administration Building.

The previous events were accommodated across the way in Manteca Unified’s ed. services building.

“But this place really compliments the display of outstanding art work by our students,” Giovannoni said.