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Four apply for nine youth board spots
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Five vacancies on the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission will go unfilled – at least for awhile.

That’s because only four teens applied for nine vacancies on the board appointed by the Manteca City Council.

The City Council on Tuesday is expected to appoint all four applicants including the first Manteca High student in at least eight years.

The applicants are Manteca High student Derek Benson and East Union High students Madina Shuja, Rachel Glantz, and Jonah Ledesma.

Benson is a Manteca High junior who participates in cross country, wrestling, and golf. The honors student has worked as a lifeguard at the Park West Homeowners Association swimming pool. He has been involved with the Manteca Relay for Life for three years and is a junior coach for the Manteca Jaguars youth football team.

Shuja is the East Union High senior class secretary. She’s been volunteering at Merrill Gardens retirement community for over a year and is active in school activities.

Glantz is an East Union High senior. She’s been involved with leadership activities at the campus plus is a volunteer in her church’s youth ministry.

Ledesma is an East Union High senior. He serves as sergeant of arms for the East Union KIWINS and is active in the group’s various community events that ran the gamut from assisting with the community Easter egg hunt to manning the East Union High snack bar. He’s the founder and leader of two bands - United Front and AYD. He was eighth grade class president at New Haven School and is a Boy Scout. He also has served as a writing and technology coach for the Great Valley Writing Project.