Titan pride resonates at graduation (video)

Angeli Wright
  • TITAN CLASS OF 2012

  • • Number of grads: 353

    • Colors: Red and black

    • Flower: Red rose

    • Song: "We Are Young" by Fun

    • Motto: "We design our lives through the power of choices."

Minutes before they made their debut as high school graduates, the Victoria East Titans settled in for one last lecture from their principal.

"You're about to experience something you've never experienced before," Principal Greg Crockett told the Class of 2012. "When we walk in, they are going to go crazy, and it's all because of you."

Turns out, principal knows best.

When the Titan graduates stepped onto the field at Memorial Stadium, the crowd so large it filtered out of the stands burst to its feet. Graduates' names echoed from the stand, photos flashed, and the Victoria East Titans relished in their glory.

But before they could become official alumni, they had a final duty.

"I need you to do something with me one more time," Crockett said.

"East side," he yelled.

"Beast side," the students echoed.

With all Titan pride and camaraderie resonating on the field, it's no surprise how the graduates answered the question, "What are you going to miss most about high school?"

"I'll miss the people because we're not all going to the same college."

Tristan Vargas, 18, going to Victoria College

"I'm going to miss all the friends I've made and the soccer team ... and the mascot and Sergio Garcia."

Eric Mansker, 17, going to the University of Texas at San Antonio

"My friends - having someone to talk to."

Brenda Reyes, 18, working then going to college

"Having that extra support system there for you from your friends."

Kellie Medrano, 18, going to Victoria College.