Caitlyn Peña, a senior Political Science major from El Paso, is the 2023 Sun Bowl Princess.
Peña plays SRSU volleyball and tennis and serves as the Vice President of the Pre-Law Association and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Public Relations Officer for the Student Government Association, and as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Academic Integrity Council and Alpha Chi Honor Society. In addition, she enjoys serving the community by volunteering at the Alpine Animal Shelter and coaching the Alpine Mini Bucks grades 1-3 volleyball team.
Peña has been serving in the role of Sun Princess since July 28, when she was crowned at the Sun Bowl Coronation. Since then, she has been serving as an active ambassador for the city of El Paso by volunteering at various community events, most recently in the Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving, where SRSU Alumni Tuff Hedeman served as the Grand Marshal. She will be participating in the upcoming festivities for the 90th Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl when Oregon State and Notre Dame will face off Dec. 29.
She was selected to serve in this prestigious role by representatives of the Sun Bowl Association. Contestants must be enrolled as full-time students at the university level and are chosen for the court based on poise, personality, communication and interpersonal skills, and their commitment to serving the El Paso community.
Photo: Caitlyn Peña