On Friday, the Sun Bowl Association announced the 2017-18 Sun Court and Eastlake High School graduate McKenna Hitter was named as a 2017 Sun Princess.
Coronation has been part of the Sun Bowl since the first-ever 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.
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 is also a graduate of Eastlake High School where she graduated at the class Salutatorian with a 4.0 grade point average. She was able to maintain that perfect GPA while also competing on the volleyball team for four years and while being a part of the swim team for two years.
At UTEP, Mckenna has already made the Dean’s List for the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017 and is now a member of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity where she holds the position of Marshal and is also on the Public Relations Council.
As a member of Alpha Xi Delta she has helped to raise money for Autism Speaks. She was recently accepted into the Excel Program that is run by the Student Government Association at UTEP and was recommended for an Engineering Peer Advising position in the Engineering department.
Mckenna said that growing up in El Paso she was introduced to many of the traditions El Paso has to offer. Whether it’s UTEP sports, Chihuahuas baseball games, Viva El Paso, Fort Bliss or the Sun Bowl, Mckenna has seen the traditions and has learned what our
community is about.
The Sun Bowl puts El Paso on a national stage and what better way to spread the goodwill of El Paso and the Sun Bowl by being a part of the Sun Court.
According to the 1938 Sun Bowl game program, “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.”
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.