Sun Bowl Association announces 2017-18 Sun Court

Sunbowl Queens for the 2017-18 year were announced on July 28, 2017.

The Sun Bowl Association has announced the 2017-18 Sun Court, with Macy McBeth as the 2017 Sun Queen and Ariana Martell as the Lady-in-Waiting.

Coronation has been part of the Sun Bowl since the first college Sun Bowl game was played in 1936. Coronation played a huge social role in the “Sun Carnival”, the week-long pageantry associated with the Sun Bowl.

“The social side of the Sun Carnival centers around the Coronation of the Sun Queen with Ladies-In-Waiting and her Royal Court of Princesses from all the cities of the Sun Empire and the Grand Ball tendered by the Association in honor of Her Majesty and Court,” according to the 1938 Sun Bowl game program.

In the early years of the coronation, approximately 30 young women took part in the formal coronation, and each participant represented an organization.

Today, between 5 and 9 females are chosen for the court, including one queen. Selection 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 at an accredited university or college.

The Sun Court serves as ambassadors for the city of El Paso. They volunteer at various community events and make appearances at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Hyundai Sun Bowl Game, Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Helen of Troy Sun Court Charm Camp and other events throughout the year.

Meet the court

2017 Sun Queen – Macy McBeth

Sun Queen Macy McBeth is a 2017 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish. Macy wrapped up her undergraduate career with a 3.70 grade point average and was on the dean’s list at OU from 2013-2017. She is the daughter of Mitch and Jill McBeth, and has a sister, Kendall.

Macy McBeth is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biology at Oklahoma with plans to go into the medical field. While attending OU, McBeth was a member of Delta Gamma sorority for four years and held various leadership positions within the organization. She was an El Paso Panhellenic Scholarship Recipient and PITF Travel Scholarship recipient in 2016. McBeth also held various positions within the Campus Activities Council Film Series Executive Committee.

2017 Lady-in-Waiting – Ariana Martell

Ariana Martell is a graduate of Eastwood High School and is the daughter of Dr. Gustavo and Diana Martell. She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in legal studies and Spanish at Texas Tech University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in higher education. While at Texas Tech, Ariana has been a part of many organizations including Raider Sisters for Christ, TechPR and the College of Media and Communication Dean’s Student Ambassadors. She was also a part of the President’s Select and was the Member of the Year for two consecutive years (2015-16 & 2016-17).

Ariana Martell represented Texas Tech at the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong, where she spoke to more than 850 students from around the world. She has also worked at Texas Tech as an undergraduate teaching assistant for anatomy teaching students about the anatomy of the human body. She was a graduate intern for the Office of the President at Texas Tech and helps organize events for donors, alumni and VIP guests while in that position. Martell is the co-founder of SisterHoodies, where she helps to collect coats and donates them to the less fortunate in El Paso. SisterHoodies has collected more than 2,100 coats to date and assists Dame La Mano, The Rescue Mission and the Reynolds Home all year long.

2017 Sun Princesses

Alexis Nicole Gonzalez is a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in animal science and minoring in business administration.

Ariana Sarahi Campos is a senior at the University of Texas El Paso and is working towards her bachelors of science degree in kinesiology with an exercise science concentration.

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.

Emily Booher is a senior at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Emily is majoring in music, with an emphasis on cello while also pursuing a minor in Spanish and is planning to graduate in May of 2018.

Gissel Ramirez is currently a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso majoring in lingustics and minoring in sociology. She is a graduate of Franklin High School and the daughter of Guillermo and Blanca Ramirez.

Kira Conde is the daughter of Ron and Christi Conde and is a graduate of El Paso High School where she maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Kira is currently a sophomore at the UCLA majoring in Neuroscience and working towards a minor in Cognitive Science.

Kristen Koehler is a sophomore at Baylor University where she is a Biology major also working towards a minor in business administration. Kristen Koehler is the daughter of Bruce and Lee Ann Koehler, and a graduate of Coronado High School, where she was a part of the Thunderbirds varsity soccer team all four years.

Lana Hussein is the daughter of Musa Hussein and Lina Hamdan, and is a graduate of Coronado High School. She is currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is a mechanical engineering major. She is minoring in mathematics and biomedical Engineering.

Lillian Ariadna Sanchez is the daughter of Eduardo Sanchez and Elizabeth Sanchez Porras. Lillian Sanchez currently attends The University of Texas at El Paso and holds a 3.96 grade point average while she pursues a degree in multimedia journalism and minors in legal reasoning.

Mckenna Hitter is the daughter of Gerald and Linda Hitter. She is attending the University of Texas at El Paso, where she is majoring in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Mckenna Hitter is also a graduate of Eastlake High School, where she graduated at the class Salutatorian with a 4.0 grade point average.

Stephanie Paz is the daughter of Juan and Yvette Silvas-Paz. A graduate of Harmony Science Academy in El Paso, Stephanie Paz is now a sophomore at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she is a psychology major, and minoring in biology.

Valeria Varela was born and raised in El Paso and is the daughter of Jose and Martha Varela. She is a graduate of Burges High School and is currently a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso, where she is a biological and biomedical science major, and is holding a 4.0 grade point average.

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