Ariela Gomez is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is studying Psychology while working towards a minor in Chemistry. She is the daughter of Sixto and Terry Gomez. During her time at UTEP she has been very involved on and off campus. As a freshman, she took part in laboratory research and her findings were ultimately published and presented at the Hypothalamic Circuits for Control of Survival Behavior Conference and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to Ariela’s published research, she served on UTEP’s Medical Professions Organization as the Alpha Epsilon Delta Representative, in which she helped connect and enroll pre-med students with Health Pre-professional Honor Societies. Ariela is also volunteer at the El Paso Baptist Clinic – a free medical clinic that services the poor in the Segundo Barrio neighborhood of El Paso. At the clinic Ariela works in the pharmacy and nursing departments where she assists in providing the necessary medications and treatments for particular medical conditions.
Ariela mentioned that representing El Paso through a position on the 2017 Sun Court is an honor. She also said that she attributes her successes and her pride of El Paso to her late mother. Ariela is anxious to get through college so that she can one day serve El Paso as a medical doctor but is also anxious to represent the Sun Bowl and El Paso during the 2017-2018 year.