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For Victoria Garcia, her biggest accomplishment in her high school career was joining Mariachi Los Coyotes.
Garcia, a graduate of La Joya High School Class of 2020, was given the opportunity to represent her school and family with immense pride, continuing a “Salinas Family Tradition” by gaining recognition and honor.
Garcia was one of 20 vocal finalists for Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, an extremely difficult national competition, not once but twice. She also performed for the whole of her district for two Welcome Back ceremonies, as part of her group and as a member of the All-Star group, competing in various competitions and successfully placing or earning distinctions.
Through all that, Garcia said her greatest moments haven’t come from a trophy or plaque on my wall, but the warm smiles and handshakes from Winter Texans, young students and family.
“To know that my voice could bring someone to tears and inspire a future generation to join mariachi was an irreplaceable feeling,” Garcia said. “The challenges I faced made me realize I wanted to continue to be a part of history; I plan on becoming a museum curator.”
For Garcia, someone who preserves history while traveling and meeting new people sounds like a dream. She noted that life has a way of surprising everyone, and she hopes and intends to listen when it calls.