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A ’sign’ that Manteca High’s Honor Code is solid as a rock
MHS rock
Manteca High graduate Hanz De La Barrera displays his diploma alongside Todd Dunaway (vice principal), Neil MacDannald (vice principal), Bill Slikker (vice principal) and Principal Frank Gonzales.

A new tradition kicked off at Manteca High on Friday.

The senior rock made its debut, with members of the graduating Class of 2020 leaving their mark by signing the large granite made possible by Dave Soiland, who donated the rock situated next to the new softball field and the portables, with help from Liz and Nick Martin.

According to MHS Principal Frank Gonzales, the rock came as a $12,000 donation.

"It will be here for the other graduating classes to sign," he said, with improved landscaping being planned around the senior rock.

Gonzales has a special bond with the Class of 2020. His daughter, Isabella, was one of the graduates.

"The Class of 2021 is also very special," he added.

School officials made safety a priority by wearing masks and using social distancing given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the Central Valley.

Melissa Contreras didn't mind the drive-thru special occasion. She's nearing her plans to enter into the Army. Before Contreras does that she must first take the ASVAB test.

Maria Cornejo had no complaints as well.

"(Drive-thru event) was great," she said. "I'm from Mexico so I was happy with everything today."

For Gonzales, the senior rock goes hand in hand with MHS' Honor the Code program.

"It's as solid as a rock," he said.