#VMThrowback: Veronica ‘Roni’ Yunes (Cantu), Inaugural Class of 1994

Name: Veronica “Roni” Yunes (Cantu)
Years at VMT: Inaugural Year: 1993-94
Area: Communications
VMT Teachers were: Mark Webber, Cynthia M. Ramirez and Pasty O’Shea
1. Has your fine arts or communications area helped you as an adult? Yes, most definitely. Communications is and always has been my life. It’s how I make a living, and I love it

2. Did you pursue your fine art or communication area after high school? Yes, after graduation I attended Laredo Community College and then transferred to Texas A&M International University, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Later, I went back to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I’m currently an adjunct instructor at TAMIU, teaching a media writing class to communications students. Prior to that, I taught public relations and event planning courses.

3. What have you gotten out of VMT? As a high school student, I was able to receive the knowledge and hands-on training in the various areas of communications, which I would have otherwise have had to wait to learn in college. It was great to obtain this knowledge as a high school student because I knew that communications was an area that I wanted to study in college.

4. Were there any events during the time you were here that you enjoyed? I enjoyed many events as a student at VMT. The one that I’ll always remember the most was when we went live on T.V. for the formal dedication and grand opening of the school.  Governor Ann Richards came to Laredo. We interviewed her as well as the Superintendent at the time Vidal M. Trevino.

5. Is there anything you’d like to add that we haven’t asked? I’ll always be a proud alumni of VMT. I’m appreciative of my wonderful teachers; they were crucial in honing my abilities as a communications practitioner, and I’ll always be very appreciative of that.

6. What are you fondest memories of VMT? My fondest memories at VMT include working the Magnet Tribune and making videos on various social topics in our Broadcast class.

7. What do you miss most about VMT? I miss just being a part of VMT…but at least I’m an alumni.