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Lathrop High showcases arts, music
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The AP Art work by Lathrop High senior Paola Baltazar was displayed at Tuesday’s Spartan Arts Invasion held in the school cafeteria. Her self-portrait sketch won Best of Show. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Paola Baltazar was excited and surprised that her self-portrait drawing won Best of Show at Tuesday’s Spartan Arts Invasion.

That’s the annual event at Lathrop High that features the visual and performing arts.

This was 10th year for the LHS art show, according to Digital Photography instructor Kellie MacKinnon, who has been at the school since its opening.

Balazar, who is a senior, is in Erika Chapman’s AP Art class. She had 20 pieces entered in the Spartan Arts Invasion held in the school cafeteria.

“I like drawing portraits,” said Balazar, who sold three pieces at last year’s Manteca Unified District Art Show, including a self portrait. “It can be a hard process, but I like drawing people.”

Her Best of Show self portrait along with some other pieces will be entered in the District Art Show & Sale on April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., on the first floor of the MUSD office.

Chapman, who is on the district’s Art Committee, had the tentative schedules (some dates may be subject to change) for some of the other schools:

East Union High, Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Weston Ranch High, Wednesday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sierra High, Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Manteca High, Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Spartans Art Invasion also featured the works of Scott Myers’ Character Design from his BE.Next program; a play by Hali Rosen’s Drama students; songs by the Advanced Choir under the direction of Elizabeth Van Eerde; and performances by Concert & Symphonic Band under the direction of Desiree Burgarin.