San Antonio native, Sofia Rodriguez, was born on July 8, 1999. Early on in her life, Sofia found passions in helping others as well as athletics. From the time she was two years old she participated in competitive gymnastics at Flip City, then Olympia Gymnastics. There she spent four hours a day practicing, and had the opportunity to compete at the State and National level winning several gold, silver and bronze medals. In elementary Sofia discovered a love of service, and would join her father, Raymundo Rodriguez every Sunday to feed the homeless in downtown
A unique opportunity came about in middle school, Sofia and her family moved to San Diego for a year where she attended Aviara Oaks Middle School. There, she joined Student Council where she learned how to work with others in making decisions for the student body. She also partook in Track and Field, and Cross Country where she competed at the Regional and State level. She then moved back in order to attend high school at Alamo Heights. She is a member of Student Council, and various clubs and organizations including Paw to Paw and the French Club. Beginning with her freshmen year, Sofia began swimming at the varsity level for Head Coach Donald Walker. She has competed at the State competition every year since by being a part of the two hundred yard freestyle relay team and swimming the fifty-yard freestyle, and hundred-yard freestyle. She is now captain of the girls swim team and also volunteers as a lifeguard during the summer. Sofia has tremendous interest in medicine in the hopes of becoming a doctor, and has taken a plethora of advanced science classes at her high school to prepare her for college. Just this past summer of her junior year, she attended the Academy of Future Leaders of Scientists and Technologists Convention in Boston, Massachusetts where she was awarded for her advanced knowledge and achievements in the field of science, and accepted in the Torch and Laurel Honor Society, exclusive to those who were selected to attend the convention. She loves giving back to her church by volunteering for big holiday events and fundraisers. Family is an important constant in Sofia’s life; parents Raymundo and Monica Rodriguez along with her sister Amalisa Rodriguez have been active participants in Fiesta beginning in 2009 when her father was a member of Charlie Garza’s Royal Court as the Day Minister. Now it is Sofia’s turn to impact the community as she embarks on her reign as La Reina de La Feria de Las Flores for 2017. It has been a dream of Sofia’s to become La Reina in order to actively change this community for the better, and have the opportunity to be a role model to young children teaching them the importance of education.