Rio Rancho Public Schools and Edit House Productions are partnering to produce a video series meant to showcase the “senior year experience” for eight students across the district.

The year-long project, “Destination: Graduation,” will follow and document the lives of eight members of the Class of 2024 as they navigate their final year of high school.

The participating students come from one of each the district’s four high schools (Rio Rancho HS, Cleveland HS, Independence HS and Rio Rancho Cyber Academy), as well as the Career Technical Education (CTE) Program, and all represent different goals, pathways, backgrounds and talents.

According to a release from RRPS, the eight contributing seniors are:

Maya Anderson, Cleveland High School

Anderson is the senior class president of CHS and is actively involved in most of the activities that happen at school. She is highly focused on learning while also maintaining a vibrant and active social life.

Kaiya Brown, Cleveland High School

Brown created the Native American Student Union at CHS and is a member of the New Mexico Indigenous Youth Council. She is dedicated to educating her peers about indigenous culture and uniting indigenous youth across New Mexico and beyond.

Tamaya Oliver, Rio Rancho High School

Oliver is an active member of RRHS’s Black Student Union and Yearbook Club and has taken four years of American Sign Language classes. After graduation, Oliver is interested in becoming a doctor of audiology with an emphasis in speech pathology.

Diego Solano, Cleveland High School

Solano, the CHS student body president, is an active member of the CHS Student Government, a pole vaulter for the CHS track team and the co-creator of the CHS Multicultural Club.

Alex Thompson, Rio Rancho High School

Thompson is a member of the RRHS JROTC and recently completed basic training with the U.S. Army over the summer. He also plays baritone in the RRHS marching band and is committed to successful academic outcomes.

Benjamin Valencia, CTE (CIS program)/Cleveland High School

Valencia is dual-enrolled in CTE and CHS and attends the computer information systems (CIS) network engineering career pathway. He is also a wrestler for CHS and has set a goal to help his team win first place in the NMAA state championship this year.

Ranaya Westerman, Independence High School

Westerman is an outgoing student at IHS and is interested in pursuing a career in child care after graduation, with an end goal of someday becoming a third-grade teacher.

Alyssa Zielinski, Rio Rancho Cyber Academy

Zielinski is taking several advanced placement (AP) courses to receive college credits before graduation. She is also a lettered member of the RRHS diving team and has been a gymnast for most of her life.

“We are eager to showcase the experiences that are shared by all of our wonderful seniors this year with ‘Destination: Graduation,’” said RRPS Superintendent Dr. V. Sue Cleveland. “These outstanding eight students represent the dedication to academic excellence that exists in our entire student body, and we cannot wait to see what they accomplish in their final year with our district.”

“Destination: Graduation” will air monthly on the RRPS YouTube channel, Facebook page and website. The first episode is anticipated to air in mid-October.