#VMThrowback: Cynthia J. Gomez, Class of 2006

The Magnet Tribune: Courtesy of Cynthia J. Gomez
Members of the class work in the television editing room. Teaching assistant Carlos Imperial is at far left.

  • What is your name? Cynthia J. Gomez
  • What years were you at VMT? 2002 – 2006
  • Fine arts or communication area: Radio/Television Department
  • Who was your fine arts/communication teacher(s)? Her name was Ms. Patsy O’Shea. She was from England. She left some time during my junior year at VMT and for a semester we had no teacher. Mr. Webber would check up on us.
  • Has your fine arts or communication area helped you as an adult? Please explain. I was a very shy kid when I was in middle school, had a fear of public speaking, and did not have a lot of friends. Once I started school at Vidal M. Treviño, I became a different person. I was more sociable, more outspoken, and public speaking came easily to me. Those skills have helped me in my adult life. The self-esteem and confidence I have now are due to the skits, radio shows, event hosting and interviews we would do in the magnet school. I feel completely comfortable going up to the front of a crowd and giving a speech, I even volunteer to go first.  Had I not enrolled in the radio/television department at VMT, I know I would still be the shy little kid I was in middle school.
  • Did you pursue your fine art or communication area after high school? Please explain. I didn’t pursue the communication field once I graduated high school. I think that during my senior year my goals had changed and I had more career options.
  • What have you gotten out of VMT? Confidence is the biggest thing I have gotten out of VMT. It helped me get rid of all the insecurities I once had. VMT was always very accepting of all the different personalities that came from the three high schools.
  •  Were there any events during the time you were here that you enjoyed? Please describe. There were many events that I enjoyed but my favorite would have to be the Halloween contest because my friend and I would host it. We always had a blast, the crowd was amazing, and the costumes were always original, which is what VMT is all about.
  • Is there anything you’d like to add that we haven’t asked? VMT was always my safe place. Martin High School was great, but the feeling I would get once I arrived at VMT was of pure joy. Greetings consisted of nothing but hugs, jokes, and laughs. There was no rivalry, no hate, no discrimination, and not once was there ever a fight. We respected each other, we made new friends every day, our originality made us popular. I believe that is what VMT was built on, and what will continue to make it grow.
  • What are your fondest memories of VMT? My friend (Oscar Antu) and I had a radio show we called “THE ROCK OUT” which aired every Friday on 90.5 FM, “The Magnet Connection.” I believe I still have a copy of the show on a CD.  He was from Cigarroa and we became instant best friends because of our love for rock music. He was a complete “preppy kid” at first glance and I was a complete “punk” dressed in black. But like I said, there was never any judgment at VMT. Recruitments at the middle school were also one of my fondest memories. It was fun to go out there and explain what VMT was all about.  I still have the recruitment video we used at all the middle schools. It was epic!
  • What do you miss most about VMT? I miss everything about VMT. Friends, teachers, events, class work, bus rides, our first prom at VMT in 2006, the medallion ceremony, Valentine’s Day compatibility tests, even April Fool’s day jokes.  I miss the live radio shows my friend and I would do together. It was one of the things I looked forward to every Friday. The television skits were always a blast, even editing the final cut was fun. I can’t name just one single thing I miss.