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New Vision student wins state essay contest
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At last Tuesday’s Manteca Unified school board meeting, Darra Sao was the toast of New Vision Educational Center in Weston Ranch.

He recently took first place in a state-wide essay contest sponsored by the California Continuation Education Association, thus, receiving special recognition by Superintendent Jason Messer.

 Sao’s essay was one of hundreds submitted to CCEA, which represents over 500 continuation school sites and more than 70,000 students.

Established in 1919, the mission of CCEA is to serve as advocate for the betterment of continuation education, promote the development of quality schools, and provide professional development for the improvement of instruction to benefit students.

“On behalf of all continuation school students, this is a dream I thought I never could achieve,” said Sao, who had a chance to read his essay aloud to some 300 educators attending the conference held at the Santa Clara Hyatt.

According to Messer, Sao is being invited to Great America to read his essay on the Great American stage and enjoy being a guest at the Santa Clara theme park for the day.

He also received a scholarship for his first-place effort.