Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Gabriela recently graduated from Ysleta High School as the Salutatorian for the Tribe of 2023. In her high school career, Gabriela was not only President for the National English Honor Society, but she was also a 2-year captain for her varsity dance team, Class President, as well as a student ambassador in the Ysleta Districts Advisory Council; where she would meet with representatives from her school district to talk about important issues that needed to be addressed. Along with these titles she was also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Class Historian, and an event coordinator for all school events. Not only did Gabriela participate in a variety of extracurriculars, but she was also always focused on her academics. Keeping a 4.2 GPA average, she became the Salutatorian of her class and kept her rank since her junior year. But nonetheless, she was always available to give back to her community, in her high school career alone, she was able to gain over 1,000 hours of community service and host many donation drives to help those in need in her community, and the entire community of El Paso. In addition to this she also, made Ysleta High School the first high school in the El Paso area to become annual volunteers for the Salvation Army Holiday Donation Drive at Cielo Vista Mall.
Because of her academics, Gabriela was awarded multiple scholarships throughout the school year, one of them including the Terry Scholarship. This specific scholarship will provide her a full ride to The University of Texas at El Paso, covering her tuition, room and board, books, and much more. She will be majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and Management in hopes to one day partner with large name corporations and own her own business.
Gabriela loves her city and has a passion to help make a difference in her community. As Miss El Paso Teen La Feria, Gabriela hopes to inspire those she encounters to never give up on themselves and to always be kind to others. She aspires to not only be a role model to girls and young women in her community, but she hopes to be the reason why they learn they are unstoppable. She is a firm believer that a random act of kindness may mean nothing to the world, but it can mean the world to someone, and when we take it upon ourselves to share a smile or give words of encouragement to those we see, together we can make the world a better place. With this title, Gabriela will continue to spread positivity among everyone she meets in hopes to change their minds, their hearts, and perceptions of themselves to always know that they are enough.