Sun Bowl Announces 2009 Sun Court
Smith Named 2009 Sun Queen
PASO, Texas (August 7, 2009) - The 2009 Sun Queen and Sun Princesses were
announced tonight by Sun Bowl Association President Frank Bates at the Sun
Court Coronation Party at El Paso Country Club.
Smith, a graduate of the University of Texas pursuing additional coursework, is the 2009 Sun Queen.
She is the daughter of Dr.
Oliver and Laurie Smith.
Avalos, a senior exercise and sports science major at St. Mary's University has
been named the 2009 Lady-In-Waiting. She is the daughter of Ben and Terry
The 2009 Sun Princesses are Caylor
Ballinger, Emily Cancellare, Lindsey Collins, Courtney Deane, Amanda Morales,
Naomi Nuñez, Nancy Ojeda, Dianna Parra and Deana Sosa.
is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal
skills and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must be
enrolled as full-time students. The coronation has been a tradition in El Paso
since the first collegiate Sun Bowl game in 1936.
Court members serve as ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association, as well as for
the City of El Paso. The Sun Queen and Sun Princesses will attend various
community events, such as the Brut Sun Bowl, FirstLight Federal Credit Union
Sun Bowl Parade, Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament, Sun Bowl Volleyball
Invitational, Western Refining Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic, Academy
Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, Price's Give 'Em
Five Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick Sectional Competition, Art in the Park, Dia
de los Libros/Dia de los Ninos and several other various events and camps.
2009 Sun Queen is Stephanie Smith, the daughter of Dr. Oliver and
Laurie Smith. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with
a Bachelor's of Science degree in corporate communications. She is currently
pursuing extra coursework in business with a focus on marketing and
sales. An Eastwood High School graduate, she was a member of the varsity
cheerleading squad, student government, the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School
Stephanie served as the 2004 Miss El Paso Teen USA where she had the
opportunity to represent El Paso throughout the state. Stephanie was
selected to co-host a campus show entitled "The Longhorn Pulse."
Currently, she is a member of National Collegiate Scholars. She serves as a
HOSTS (Helping One Student To Succeed) mentor and is an ASPCA Guardian Angel
2009 Lady-in-Waiting is Allison
Avalos, the daughter of Ben and Terry Avalos. She is a senior
exercise and sports science major at St. Mary's University. A graduate from
Chapin High School, she was a varsity volleyball player, earning Class 4A
Academic All-State honors and second team All-State honors. Allison received
numerous scholarships to include an Athletic Scholarship and Presidential
Academic Scholarship at St. Mary's University. She is currently a member
of the Rattlers volleyball team, where she received the Heartland Conference
President's Academic Award. Allison is the president of the
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at St. Mary's. She is also a member of the
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the High Honors Dean's List. She also
volunteers her time coaching youth volleyball.
daughter of Ron and Lorrie Ballinger, is a senior journalism major at Texas
Tech University, minoring in secondary education and Spanish. A graduate of
Franklin High School, Caylor was a member of the yearbook and student
government, as well as serving as a cheerleader. She was a member of the
National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She currently
serves as a reporter for the Texas Tech Daily Toreador and is a member of the
Society of Professional Journalists, where she currently severs as vice
president. Caylor is a member of the Chi Omega sorority and Rho Lambda honors
and community service women's fraternity. She has also volunteered with
Make-A-Wish, Relay For Life and Habitat For Humanity.
the daughter of the late Leo and Vera Cancellare, is a senior biology major at
St. Mary's University, where she earned a Presidential Scholarship. A graduate
of Loretto Academy, she is a certified lifeguard who is fluent in English,
Spanish and Portuguese. Emily is a member of the St. Mary's Rattlers
cheerleading squad and has been named to the Dean's List twice. She has also
participated in a pair of St. Mary's theatrical productions. Emily spent 13
years as a member of the El Paso Aqua Posse and currently provides swimming lessons
to children under 10. She also volunteers at All Saints Catholic Church and
Lindsey Collins, the daughter of
Timothy and Sandra Collins, is a senior speech and hearing services major at
the University of Arizona. She is a Coronado High School graduate, where
Lindsey was a member of the Thunderbird golf team and a member of the National
Honor Society and the Japanese Club. At Arizona, she is a member of the Delta
Delta Delta sorority, the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing
Association (NSSLHA) and the Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Ministry. She
has served as both a swimming instructor and lifeguard and spent this summer as
an instructor at the Mad Science Camp. She has also volunteered at the
University Medical Center in Tucson and currently assists a quadriplegic man in
Courtney Deane, the daughter of
Christopher and Colleen Deane, is a senior biochemistry major at St. Mary's
University. She is a graduate of Hanks High School and was named Miss El Paso
for 2008. She received the Board of Trustees Scholarship to St. Mary's
University, where she has been recognized with Highest Honors on the Dean's
List for six straight semesters. She also was awarded the Fullbright Academic
Award and the Miss America State Academic Award while competing in the Miss
Texas 2009 Pageant. Courtney is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Scholastic Honor
Fraternity, the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society and the American Chemistry
Society of Students. Courtney is also a member of the Code Blue Dance Team and
the Rattler Cross Country Team at St. Mary's.
Amanda Morales, the daughter of
David and Ramona Morales, is a junior accounting major at Texas Tech
University. She is a graduate of Franklin High School, where she was named to Who's
Who Among American High School Students and was also a member of student
government, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Math Honor
Society. A member of the Texas Tech President's List, Amanda is involved in the
Hispanic Business Student Association, where she serves as secretary. She was
awarded the Jimmy Gilabert Scholarship and the Rawls College of Business
General Scholarship. Amanda has volunteered with Damian Elementary School, St.
Luke's Catholic Church, Thomason Hospital and Fort Bliss.
Naomi Nuñez, the daughter of
Joe and Silvia Nuñez, is a senior education major at the University of Texas at
El Paso. She is a graduate of Coronado High School, where she was a member of
the National Honor Society and earned All-State Band honors. She has spent the
past three years volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso,
where she has served as a mentor. Naomi also volunteers at St. Matthew's
Catholic Parish, where she is involved in the music ministry, Lifeteen Program,
soup kitchens and Casas Por Cristo. She has also served as a tutor at the UTEP
Literacy Camp, helping young children learn how to read.
Nancy Ojeda, the daughter of
Maria Ortega, is a senior bilingual major at the University of Texas at El
Paso. She is a graduate of Silva Magnet High School and is heavily involved in
the community. Nancy has volunteered with Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure,
Extreme Home Makeover, Easter at the Orphanage, Jack Rabbit Race, Diabetes
Walk, American Can Food Drive, Children First and the Muscular Dystrophy
Association. She is also a member of New Delta sorority and Alpha Rho Omega and
APO. She also works at Tejas School of Choice, where she aids students in math,
science, history and English.
Diana Parra, the daughter of
Juan and Paula Parra, is a sophomore electronic media major at the University
of Texas at El Paso. She is a graduate of Del Valle High School, where she was
awarded the Conquistador Award and the Rebecca Flores Stopka Scholarship. At Del
Valle, she was also involved in the National Honor Society, National English
Honor Society, student government, Film Club and cheerleading. At UTEP, she is
also involved in student government and is a member of the EXCEL Program. An
avid volunteer, Diana has given her time to the El Paso Police Pride Day,
Thanksgiving Can Food Drive, Teddy Bears From The Heart, Child Crisis Center
Christmas Toy Drive and Amigo Airsho.
Deane Sosa, the daughter of
Frank and Elizabeth Sosa, is a senior mathematics and psychology major at the
University of Texas at El Paso. A graduate of Montwood High School, Deane
is the founder and president of New Delta Sorority, She also serves on the
Greek Life Leadership Council and was a part of the Alpha Kappa Lambda
Sweetheart Program. She was awarded the Outstanding President of the Year at
the UTEP Greek Awards. She also has volunteered with the North American Canned
Food Drive, Adopt-a-Highway, the El Paso Diabetes Association, the Muscular
Dystrophy Association and the Child Advocacy Center.