How the pandemic affected Veterans Memorial Academy’s annual quinceañera

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SAN BENITO, Texas – Veterans Memorial Academy was supposed to host their sixth annual quinceañera Friday night, but because of the pandemic, the event was cancelled. 

The gym at Veterans Memorial Academy was supposed to be filled with flowers, pinatas and about 60 girls in their quinceañera dresses. 

“We would be almost finished and everybody would go home, put on their tux and get dressed,” said Principal Gilberto Galvan of Veterans Memorial Academy. 

“Right now, we would’ve been setting up, finishing everything for the event,” said Librarian Mandy Martinez of Veterans Memorial Academy. 

But after an entire year of planning from the invitation, to picking the theme and getting the sponsors, Veterans Memorial Academy cancelled their annual quinceañera, which is a celebration Galvan and Martinez look forward to every year. 

“It was hard for them and it was hard for us because we enjoy doing this for the girls,” said Galvan. 

“Since I don’t have daughters, well it’s like I’m making a quinceañera for my 30, 40 50 daughters and it’s really, really exciting,” said Martinez. 

The girls picked out dresses that they were supposed to wear for the quinceanera, but Galvan said in the meantime they will be stored on campus so the students can wear them at an even bigger celebration next year. 

“Since we had all these girls whose dreams didn’t come through,” said Galvan.”We were having a discussion and my librarian said maybe we can have quinceañera/sweet sixteen that way those girls have the opportunities.”

“It’ll be twice as big and even better,” said Martinez. 

Galvan said they’re expecting to celebrate about 100 students at next year’s sweet sixteen and quinceañera.

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