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Torres, Naida earn Best of Show for LHS art
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Aron Naidas Still Life won Best in Show at the Spartan Arts Invasion event held in the school library. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Victor Torres had five pictures from his Intro to Digital Photography entered in the Spartan Arts Invasion event on Thursday.
But the one that the Lathrop High sophomore was proud of was that of his friend’s souped-up Ford Mustang taken nearly two weeks ago at the nearby Lathrop Generations Center.
“I used steel wool for effect,” said Torres of his medal-winning photo.
He also used a Canon digital camera to capture the moment.
The event – the venues consisted of the school library (art, photo and video game design), band room (advanced and concert bands), choir room (advanced choir) and the speech arts building (drama) – was sponsored by the LHS Visual Arts Performing Arts or VAPA Department.
Torres’ work along with Aron Naida’s Still Life, which was awarded Best in Show, will be entered later this month in the annual Manteca Unified District Art Show.
“All works that received a medal (at Spartan Arts Invasion) will be in the District Art Show,” said Erika Chapman, who teaches Intro, Advanced and AP Art at the school.
Kellie MacKinnon handles the 3-D, Digital and Photography classes while Scott Myers is in charge of the Video Game Design program.
His students put together character masks and headwear – sculpted, fitted and formed – and finally made with either fiberglass, latex or plastic.
One of Myers’ student even constructed mask and body armor, on display, specifically for an upcoming comic-con event.
The VAPA Department event had Desiree Bugarin leading the Advanced and Concert Bands, Elizabeth Van Eerde directing the Advanced Choir, and Hali Rosen coordinating the Drama performance.

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