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Manteca High Class of 2023 370+ strong
MHS grad 2023
Graduation at Manteca High on Friday was about shared moments.

Manteca High has long been steep in tradition.

No surprise that Friday’s graduation ceremony at Guss Schmiedt Field was called “A Tradition of Excellence.”

Over 370 seniors became alumni of the school, joining the others who proudly called themselves Buffaloes with the singing of the fight song.

It was student body President Kaiyah Little who gave the tradition recognition shoutout, having those from the various classes take stand.

Joining in were past and current teachers and staff along with Principal Megan Peterson, who took over the top administrative position just a few months ago.

Senior class President Salvador Suarez had double duty at graduation. He led in the flag salute and provided the welcoming speech in Spanish, as well.

This graduation was special for CSF advisor Denise Pasion. She recognized the 35 seniors who achieved life membership as CSF Sealbearers, including her daughter Eva Pasion.

Valedictorian Katie Kim remembered those who greatly influenced her at MHS. In particular, her tennis coach Mary Ann Tolbert. “She took me under her wing,” said Kim, who became one of the most accomplish players in school history.

Salutatorian Michael Magana credited Theater teacher Dawn Coyan for her support over the years.

Peterson, in addition, thanked her administrative team consisting of Vice Principal Neil MacDannald – he was just named Assistant Principal – Vice Principal Brett Lewis, Activities Director Stephanie Hjelmstad, office manager Mierya Gonzales, and head custodian John Avila.