A Voice For The Cougars
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By Thrisha Reddy
Being the voice of the announcements, athletic games, and school events, as well as being a varsity athlete, student journalist, Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President, and a Manteca Unified Student Board Member seems like a lot of pressure to balance into a typical student’s life. Joe Contreras (’17), however, is nowhere near the typical student.
“I really wanted to serve others,” Joe Contreras told The Prowl as the reason why he decided to join ASB as a freshman. Vanessa Contreras (’14), Joe’s older sister and former ASB president, was also very prominent voice of the school, and he wanted to keep the legacy running.
Contreras’s spirit of service was amplified as the class went through a transition among faculty advisors.
Voluntarily taking the responsibility of all these things seems extremely demanding especially whilst helping to run a class. Since the promotion of Jason Furtado to Athletic Director, Contreras and his fellow ASB officer, Randi Holguin (’17) took on more responsibilities. Contreras said that teachers are there to guide you. This meant the class continued to carry out their normal duties as a team during their time between advisors. The class now has a new faculty advisor, Ms. Aubrey Lewis.
Self-proclaimed “Voice of the Cougars” for five years, Contreras wanted to make a difference somewhere much larger than his high school. Contreras has devoted his time to being student journalist as well as being an active student board member – one of only two students– on the school district board. With pride, the 18-year-old told The Prowl, “I take on the responsibility of representing the whole entire school district in our [monthly] meetings.”
After graduation Contreras plans to attend Azusa Pacific University where he intends to major in journalism, with a concentration on sports journalism.
This is an updated version of a previous posted story.