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Ruiz gives voice to his dreams

Cindy Ramunno

Handsome and personable, Eddie Ruiz looks like your typical, above-average 18 year old high school senior. He’s involved in athletics and other activities and works. And then he opens his mouth to sing.

If you attended the musical production of Lil’ Abner this past spring at Eagle Valley High School, you were entertained and impressed by the well-directed talent. Director Cathy Strickler – once again – did an amazing job preparing the cast and organizing the production.

But there were a few surprises to those who didn’t know the kids as well as Strickler. One of those pleasant surprises was Eddie Ruiz. When Ruiz came on stage, his acting presence was excellent. But when he began to sing, the audience was mesmerized. One teammate (from football) of Ruiz’s was overheard saying, “I didn’t know he could sing like that.”

Ruiz’s voice was strong and smooth, and you could tell he loved every minute of being up on that stage.

“I’m very comfortable on stage,” Ruiz says. “It’s like a second home for me.”

Ruiz grew up in Gypsum with his parents and little sister, Jasmine. Jasmine will be entering EVHS next fall. Ruiz is attending Western State College in Gunnison next fall. After he finishes up his first year there, he’s heading off to Miami University to complete a degree in Theatrical Arts and English.

Besides being an athlete, Ruiz was involved in Drama Club, Band, Choir and LULAC. One other production that he participated in was Fiddler on the Roof his freshman year. His love for acting and singing has been with him for quite some time and he believes his talented voice came from his mother’s side.

To anyone performing in a production for the first time, Ruiz says, “Have fun with it – don’t be nervous.”

Ruiz remembers that the best advice he’s received was from his parents when they told him, “Every decision that you make only affects you, so make sure you make the right decision.”

Ruiz is looking forward to heading off to college and the next step in his life. His advice for his younger sis is, “Join everything and anything you can in high school. You’ll wish you would’ve done that once you’re out of school. Go for it.” Ruiz will be working this summer waiting tables.


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