Ayla Lopez is a graduate of Franklin high school and currently a junior at Texas Tech University. She is the daughter of Manuel and Sylvia Lopez. Majoring in kinesiology with a minor in psychology, she is studying to become an occupational therapist. Ayla has maintained a 4.0 GPA, earning multiple scholarships and a spot on the Texas Tech’s president’s honor list. She is involved with many clubs such as the tech pre-occupational therapy club, health occupation students of America, and love your melon (a campus crew that brings awareness to childhood cancer). Over the past few summers, Ayla has returned to El Paso to help as a volunteer coach for the USA track & field team, which is the grassroots to the USA Olympic team. She has also volunteered at the nursing supporting services in her university’s medical center. Moreover, Ayla found her passion to help people with mental illnesses while as an intern at the Sunrise Canyon Psychiatric hospital. After graduating from Texas Tech university, she plans to return to El Paso and give back to her community.
As a Sun Princess, Ayla wants to become a role model for all young girls in El Paso by demonstrating to young girls that excelling in school and giving back to your community can give you the confidence to overcome obstacles and make a name for yourself and your city. According to Ayla, El Paso is “a hidden jewel with great people.”