Ariana McConnell is a junior at the University of Portland studying political science and psychology. Born in Las Vegas and raised in Reno, she is a proud Nevadian and cannot wait to represent her home state. Ariana was dedicated to improving the high school experience for her peers, serving as Student Body Vice President and as a representative on the Washoe County School District Student Advisory Board. At UP, she is graduating early in the Fall of 2020 and plans to study law, pursuing her passions of student activism and women’s empowerment. Ariana studied in Salzburg, Austria for her sophomore year and was selected to be a Salzburg Student Ambassador. While abroad, she learned to speak German and traveled to 20 different countries. In her free time, Ariana enjoys decorating cakes, playing guitar, and thrift shopping in Portland.