Mariana is 17 years old and will be a 2018 Taos High School graduate. She is an honor student, where she is engaged in advance placement classes and is a member of the Honor Society. Mariana is a very active member in Health Occupation Students of America. She qualified to compete in both Forensics and Community Awareness at Nationals and will be competing in Community Awareness in Orlando, Florida. She is also involved in the Chem Club, helping elementary students with science fairs.
She was a member of the Lady Tigers volleyball team and a lively violinist of Mariachi El Tigre. Mariana loves to sing and play the violin, and enjoys drawing in her free time. She is also an active member of the Outlaws 4H Club, competing in crafts like crocheting, braiding and various shooting sports such as hunting and archery.
Mariana plans to pursue a career in forensic pathology, and will be exploring her college options this summer. She is the daughter of Jenice Gonzales-Gallegos and Celedon Gallegos of El Prado, and Genaro Jimenez and Jennifer DeBow of Talpa. Her maternal grandparents are MaryAnn Martinez and Johnny Gonzales. Her paternal grandparents are Maria and Alex Gallegos, Isabel Aguilar and Daniel Jimenez.