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Victoria East hosts annual community pep rally

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 16, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
Updated Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.

Blane Tupa walks out with the Victoria East High School varsity  team and onto the field during the school's first pep rally of the  year at Memorial Stadium.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Meet the Warriors

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 25

• WHERE: Gymnasium, Victoria West High School, 307 W. Tropical Drive

The wind whipped through Memorial Stadium, where the bleachers were filled with parents and students rooting on the Victoria East Titans on Saturday night.

"This brings us a sense of community that reminds us just how supportive Victoria East parents are," said E.J. Longoria, whose wife, Laura Longoria, serves as principal for William Wood Elementary School and Guadalupe Elementary School.

The event is a pep rally of sorts, that introduces Victoria East Titans to the community.

Laura Longoria said her son, Lucas Longoria, a player on the junior varsity team, has been looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

The parents clapped as each group of student athletes and performers walked onto the field.

On the other side of the field, a group of Victoria East High School incoming freshmen took in the excitement of the evening.

Gina Tames, a former Our Lady of Victory School student, wore a Victoria East shirt and clapped along to the beat of the school's fight song.

"I'm excited and looking forward to the new school year," Gina, 14, said. "I hope I make the softball team."

Gina also wants to study courses in the STEM endorsement track, which falls in line with her aspirations of becoming a pharmacist.

Longoria, too, has goals for herself and her students.

Longoria said her goals this year include meeting state standards for one of her two schools.

William Wood met standards and earned two distinction designations; Guadalupe did not meet standards and fell six points below its target score in closing the achievement gap.

"We are going to meet standards this year," Longoria said. "We've made a lot of progress in our schools."

Another goal the Victoria East Titan parent said she and the entire campus has is too win back the Boot from Victoria West High School.

Each year, Victoria East and Victoria West play football against each other in hopes of winning the highly coveted Boot trophy.

Last year, Victoria West took the Boot for the first time since the two new high schools opened in 2010.

"We want it back," Longoria said. "It's like a double thing for me because I'm the principal at two East feeder schools."

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