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Ohnmacht earns Miss Manteca title
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Priscilla Ohnmacht was overwhelmed with emotion when she was announced as 2014 Miss Manteca at the Youth Focus event at Calvary Community Church. From left are Haley Nieves and Hannah Goe. - photo by CHRIS LEONARD\

Priscilla Alexandra Ohnmacht was crowned Miss Manteca 2014 Youth Focus Friday at Calvary Community Church.

Last year’s Miss Manteca Carolina Gutierrez was on hand to turn over the crown.

Ohnmacht, a 16-year-old sophomore at Sierra High, was joined by Colton Allan Harris, 17, who is this year’s Manteca City Ambassador, for top honors. With it comes the $1,000 in scholarships and entry into the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition.

Harris is a senior at Sierra.

As first runner up, Liana Marie Bassett – the 18-year-old is a 2013 graduate of Sierra and is in her first year at Modesto Junior College – will be joined by Jose Luis Fausto, respectively, as the 2014 Miss Pumpkin Fair and Pumpkin Fair Ambassador. They earned $500 each in scholarships.

Fausto, 17, is a senior at East Union High.

Chabryel Imani Fay, 16, will reign as Miss Winter Fest 2014 as the second runner-up. She was awarded $250 scholarship.

Rounding out the All-Star Court was Hannah Mattison Goe, 16, and a junior at Sierra, and Haley Nicole Nieves, 17, and a senior at Lathrop High. Both will receive the $100 scholarships.

Each contestant had to compete in all six phases of the competition – a community service resume, scholastic achievement, personality interview, community advocate speech, talent, and answer the impromptu question.

Ohnmacht, who did a martial arts presentation set to music for the talent portion, was asked what was her favorite book.

“Searching for David’s Heart,” she said, recognizing the book by Cherie Bennett.

Ohnmacht also described her best friend as “loyal, confident, and a leader – he can get through anything,” she said.

Harris mentioned that his favorite holiday was Christmas. “It’s not only a very important holiday but you get to spend time with family,” he said.

He was also asked about serving as a role model.

“It’s important to be compassionate – you have to always do the right thing,” said Harris, who displayed his talents by performing a solo vocal number.

Bassett performed a song on the guitar while Fausto put together an informative demonstration of his art work.

Fay showcased her vocal range with a solo.

Nieves, for her talent, gave an inspirational speech while Goe did a sign language demonstration.

Former Ambassadors Dan Lansford and Matt Vaughan served as hosts while MYF alumni Kristina Candelaria, Ashley Gerstel, Katelyn Johnson, Ronnie Joy Rodrigues and Amanda Rosas were among the guest performers. 

The remaining two divisions for ages 10-12 and 13-15 will compete at 11 a.m. today, also at Calvary. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the door.