The James “Nikki” Rowe High Mariachi Azteca took third place in the Class 6A category at FESTIBA (Festival of International Books and Arts) 2017 Mariachi Competition March 4 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In February, the Rowe Mariachi qualified for the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators (TAME) state finals for the first time in the program’s history. The group will compete in the UIL Mariachi State Contest March 11 in San Antonio. The group members include Shaina Vidal, Liam Duran, Adela Fleming, Analuisa Salvador, Marisa Grijalva, Ramsey Benavides, Rayza Benitez, Jesse Canto, Jessica Nunez, Valeria Valencia and Adan Lerma. The Director is Mr. Juan Castillo and he is assisted by Mr. David Moreno.