Rain forces move of 16 de septiembre celebration to recital hall

The Magnet Tribune: Victoria Cardenas
A flamenco dancer performs at the 16 de septiembre celebration.

Vanessa Torres

“Today we are here to celebrate Mexican Independence,” Social Studies instructor Gregorio Garza said as the 16 de Septiembre celebration began Sept. 18 in the recital hall due to heavy rain.

Sophomores Jaspe Patterson and Annette Palacios began the 16 de Septiembre celebration by reading a Hispanic Heritage proclamation issued by President Barack Obama.

Garza welcomed all freshmen and new students to VMT as well as new Social Studies teacher Abasi Thomas and library aide George Gloria.

Garza explained how “El Mez de la Patria” is dedicated to the Mexican Independence movement, but also because of a famous war/conflict with the United States.

16 de Septiembre has been celebrated at VMT since the first year it opened.

“Esta fecha es para celebrar la libertad, la independencia, y sobre todo, nuestra Mexicanidad,” Garza continued.

He, music instructor Billy Thatcher, and dance instructor Alicia McKinnis then did the grito.

“¡Viva los heroes que nos dieron patria y libertad!” Garza said.

“¡Viva!” the crowd replied.

“¡Viva Hidalgo!”


¡Viva Morelos!”


“¡Viva Allende!”


“¡Viva la correjidora Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez!”


“¡Viva Mexico!”


The school’s mariachi group, directed by Thatcher, performed “Las Mañanitas,” “Hermoso Cariño” and “Porque Me Haces Llorar.”

Guitar students Alberto Garcia, Sergio Loera, and Jonas Rocha then performed “Tamacun.”

Former student Karina Montemayor, who was in folkloric dancing while at VMT, performed a piece from the state of Nayarit. The song is titled “La Majahua.”