VMT’s 16 de septiembre Celebration

VMT dancers perform a dance routine during the 16 de septiembre celebration.

The 16 de septiembre celebration ceremony was held at VMT’s auditorium on Tuesday September 17, 2019.


On Sept. 17, Vidal M Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts held a presentation celebrating Mexican Independence Day, where students, teachers, and staff listened to VMT’s Mariachi de Oro and enjoyed performances by the folklorico students.

The presentation kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month.

Retired VMT teacher, Gregorio Garza, gave a mini history lesson detailing Mexico.

He first discussed Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas in 1482, the Spaniards crossing the Atlantic and conquering Mexico in 1521, and Mexico gaining their independence from Spain by inciting the Mexican Revolution on Sept. 16, 1810.

VMT Art Teacher Gilberto Rocha read an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month by President Donald Trump.

“For generations, Hispanic Americans have played a pivotal role in our country’s strength and prosperity. Their spirit, energy, and leadership are woven into the culture of America, and enrich all our lives,” according to the White House website. “To honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans, the Congress, by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as “National Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Trump proclaimed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, as National Hispanic Heritage Month, and encouraged residents of the U.S to participate in activities, ceremonies, and programs.

After reading the proclamation, Rocha invited the audience to the annual Hispanic Festival on Oct. 29.

The 27th Hispanic Festival will take place in VMT’s parking lot, from 2 to 8 p.m., and will feature folklorico dancers, a diverse variety of music and food.