El Reno’s Austin Ortiz – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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El Reno junior Austin Ortiz has played baseball for about 13 years now, a sport that first interested him as he watched with his friends from a young age. He is proud to be a student athlete at El Reno High, where he admires his team’s attitude as well as their work ethic on the field.

“The thing I like the most about competing for them is the great attitude they bring and great playing ability,” he said.

Ortiz also used to play basketball and is currently in SkillsUSA. He works hard in whatever he does in order to better himself and reach his goals.

“I strive to make myself better by pushing myself to achieve my goals,” he said.

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He admires his grandfather for having a persistent attitude and teaching him some valuable lessons over the years.

“My grandpa has been a great role model for me and he taught me to never give up at all,” he said.

In addition to his normal high school studies Ortiz is concurrently enrolled at Canadian Valley Technology Center in the Construction Trades program. The choice was an easy one for Ortiz because it was a great outlet for him to channel his creativity.

“I chose that class because it gives me something to do with my hands because I love to build,” he said.

One of his favorite things about attending CV Tech is the overall environment and the people he gets to spend time with.

“I enjoy they great environment and funny attitude the people bring,” he said.

After high school, Ortiz plans to continue his education in college and keep expanding his baseball skills.