The Johnny G. Economedes High School Grupo Folklorico Jaguar has had an outstanding year that has brought the students, the folkloric dance program, and the school many honors.

Through perseverance and dedication, Grupo Folklorico Jaguar has earned the distinction of Grand Champion in folkloric dance competition this spring, a distinction that sets JEHS apart from other high school folkloric dance groups.

Last spring, Grupo Folklorico Jaguar competed in Lubbock where they presented an hour and a half folklorico dance concert titled "Sentimientos y Añoranzas de mi Tierra." Grupo Folklorico Jaguar received the "Best Overall in Festival 2009" at the 15th Annual Viva Aztlan Festival. It is the first time in the history of the competition that a high school group gets this award.

This spring Grupo Folklorico Jaguar competed in the 16th Viva Aztlan Festival and brought home a Division One rating and a first place trophy for Best Costume. The dancers also had the opportunity to receive a master class form one of the judges.

On April 16-17, Grupo Folklorico Jaguar competed at the First Annual University of Texas Pan American Folklorico Adjudication Festival. The folkloric group competed with two entries in the Small Ensemble and Large Group Category and both entires received first place trophies and earned a perfect score of 100 in one of the entries.

The group was honored by receiving the Best of Festival Award 2010 by re-known folklorico guest artists/ adjudicators:

∑ Amalia Viviana Basana Hernandez, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.

∑ Martin Roberto Martinez Rocha, director del Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Guanajuato.

∑ Rodolfo Muzquiz Fuentes, investigador, Conservador y Difuosor de la Danza Mexicana por 59 anos.

∑ Oscar Viveros Garcia, director of Ballet Folklorico "Zitlalkiahuitl" del CBTIS Iguala, Guerrero.

After Adjudication, Rodolfo Musquis Fuentes said, "This is the exemplary group of which every folklorico group should follow. The level of performance and professionalism in which they work in not only to be admired but should de aspired."

There are over 100 students involved in the folkloric dance program.The dance group is made up of 40 plus students from grades 9-12. Rodrigo Leal is the director and instructor and Silvia Briales-Leal serves as the volunteer instructor and rehearsal assistant.