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Freshman almost didn’t attend VMT because her mom did

Kayla Gonzales, Staff Writer

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Regina Renteria is a freshman at VMT in creative writing.

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Freshman Regina Renteria said, that at first, she didn’t want to attend VMT because her mother attended.

Renteria, who is a creative writing student, said she really didn’t know why she choose creative writing as her fine art but she likes the idea that she gets to write about the way she feels in her own way.

Renteria’s mother, Rina Benavides, attended VMT as a choir student in the school’s first year in 1993, but she also took other classes as well as piano, karate, and jewelry making in her senior year.

She took classes with choir teacher Veronica Ramirez as well with art teacher Armando Flores and computer instructor David Blumberg.

If you are a part of it (VMT) you are part of a family. It didn’t matter which high school you went to, what mattered was that you were there and the friendship went beyond (high school).”

— Rina Benavides

Benavides said the only piece of jewelry she kept when she was at VMT is a ring she made when she was taking jewelry making classes. Renteria still has the ring and wears it.

Benavides said in a phone interview that what she misses the most about VMT is being a part of something bigger, which is what VMT really meant to her.

Benavides said the very first year VMT opened there were no buildings.

“We had our classes under a tree or anywhere outside (in St. Peter’s Plaza) since there were no buildings in the first semester. We would sometimes share with Martin and we would share the Civic Center,” Benavides said. “I remember that I was taking basic computer with Mr. (David) Blumberg, but since we didn’t have a classroom yet, we were sharing the Civic Center auditorium with 10 different groups in the first few months.”

Benavides discussed her most memorable memories were at the old campus.

She said she remembers friendships.

“There were lot of friendships that were created there (VMT) not only with my home school but with other schools, that VMT was all on its own. If you are a part of it (VMT) you are part of a family. It didn’t matter which high school you went to, what mattered was that you were there and the friendship went beyond (high school),” Benavides said.

Renteria said her mother reacted very excitedly about her attending VMT. She said her mother was extremely excited for her. Benavides said she was very excited for her daughter.

Renteria added her family was very excited because her mother attended.

As for Renteria, she said she went through a hard time before applying at VMT.

“I kind of didn’t want to do it because my mother did it and since she was a very advanced student I thought, if she can do it I wouldn’t able to because I wasn’t as advanced as she was in high school,” Renteria said.

After high school Benavides did not pursue her fine art.

“I am really good in math. I always had a perfect score on it. I got a degree in finance but I never found a use for my fine art,” Benavides said.

Renteria said she likes VMT but she feels that students should have more than one fine art.

Benavides found VMT much different from her home school.

It’s very different from going to a regular high school. Going to school there (VMT) was a very exciting experience”

— Rina Benavides

“It’s very different from going to a regular high school. Going to school there (VMT) was a very exciting experience,” she said.

 

 

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