Jaylene Placencia is the daughter of Raul Placencia and Melissa Cortez, and is a Maxine l. Silva Health Magnet High School graduate. Jaylene is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon graduation Jaylene plans on pursuing a career in serving others in the medical field.
Jaylene has received several awards and recognition due to her academic success as a nursing student, receiving multiple scholarships. These scholarships include Mickey Solis “Nurses are Heroes” scholarship, Lulac Council 8 scholarship, which gave her congressional recognition from Beto O’Rourke and finally the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus scholarship. She has also earned second place in two competitions for Health Occupation Students of America in Clinical Nursing.
Jaylene spends her time volunteering for a local non-profit organization El Paso Pro-Musica where she helps in various operations including guest artist hospitality, concert promotion and front house during concerts. On top of that Jaylene takes pride in volunteering with her church where she serves as a lector, confirmation teacher and general volunteer at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Jaylene strongly believes that beauty and poise do not depend solely on looks but on hard work and dedication to their future. Being the 2021-22 Sun Queen will allow her to represent the beautiful city of El Paso and the Sun Bowl Association, while bringing her message to young women in the community. Jaylene hopes to become a role model to students and members of the city.
Sun Bowl Association
4150 Pinnacle Street
El Paso, Texas 79902