Ariana is 17 years old and will be a 2018 Taos High School graduate. She is an honors student and is engaged in duel credit courses at the University of New Mexico-Taos. Ariana enjoys learning and has participated in the Taos Tigers Lab Science Fair. She recently won the Emperor Science Award and gained a mentorship with an oncologist. In addition to her classes, she is a member of the Outlaw 4-H Club, president of Club Council and is currently serving as Taos County president for the 4H Council.
Ariana is audacious and lives life to the fullest. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, raising livestock, hunting, camping, archery and spending time with her family. She loves to dance and has been actively involved in the Taos Classics Drill Team. Ariana is also very involved in the St. Michaels Youth Core Groups and the Retreat Team at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She is a member of the Guadalupañas Pilgrimage Group.
Her plans are to attend New Mexico State University in Las Cruses to pursue a career in medicine with the goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. She has already begun an internship with Taos County EMS. She is the daughter of Juanita and Raymond Baca Jr. of Ranchos de Taos. Her maternal grandparents are Clorinda Georgina Mondragon and the late Pacomio Mondragon. Her paternal grandparents are Doris and Raymond Baca Sr.