Reyes Elementary School fourth-grader Xochitl Apodaca has been recognized for her outstanding accomplishments and community involvement.
A group of female athletes from The University of Texas at El Paso visited Xochitl at school to present her with the Flo Hyman Award in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The Flo Hyman Award annually recognizes young ladies for their contributions in athletics, academics, and leadership throughout the community. Across the city of El Paso, there are three winners selected from each grade level: elementary, middle and high school.
“We decided to bring the award ceremony to her since she was not able to attend the awards banquet because she was participating in a sporting event,” Aileen Martinez, Director of Marketing and Promotions for UTEP, said.
Xochitl was selected for her participation in multiple events both in and out of school.
“In school, I do robotics, safety patrol, and I’ve done year book,” Xochitl said. “I also go to Abundant Living Faith Center which is a church where I also do fundraisers there. For sports, I do cheer, I did track, but I started off as a young girl with ballet, and right now I am focusing on SILKS which is like aerial fitness.”
Julie Levesque, UTEP Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women Administrator was on hand to present the award to Xochitl and was extremely impressed with her qualifications.
“She has great grades, I believe a 4.0, and a lot of involvement in the community,” Levesque said. “She does a little bit of everything and she is pretty good at all of it. Someone like that, who’s a leader, and can do well like that, is what we’re looking for.”