Ortega Middle School commemorates Rite of Passage

The future class of 2021 was honored in the annual Rite of Passage ceremony on Tuesday evening at Ortega Middle School. One hundred and sixty three eighth graders celebrated their achievements at they prepare to embark on the next leg of their journey—high school.

The colors were presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to begin the Tuesday night celebration.

Student Council Co-President Lora Ortega spoke to her fellow classmates about how the memories they’ve made will help them throughout their lives.

OMS eighth grader Lyric Wood, named the top student for the class of 2021, was presented a special plaque by Principal Denise Cordova.

Ortega Middle School eighth grader Kylie Quintana sang the National Anthem.

Guest speaker Alamosa City Councilman Ty Coleman shared a dynamic speech with the class of 2021, reminding them to shoot for their goals, emphasizing that their attitude will determine their aptitude in life. “The sky is the limit with a good attitude!”

The traditional whip cream and food fight followed the formal celebration outside on the front lawn of the middle school.