The Bullis Admission Department has a new team member who understands Bullis inside out—first as a student, a daughter of a Bullis administrator, and today as an employee. As an Admission associate, Ariana Moreno ’15 brings experience, enthusiasm, and a unique perspective that helps families throughout the interview and admission process. “Ariana adds immense value to our work, connecting with applicant families through sincere empathy and sharing her Bullis experience,” says Admission Director Matt Trammel.
Entering Bullis in 9th grade, Ariana explored a range of activities and opportunities. Playing saxophone in Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble, she enjoyed being part of the jazz and dance combined productions and traveling with the Jazz Band. Inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society, she also joined tech crew for Upper School musicals and played on basketball and soccer teams. Serving as a student ambassador for the Admission department eventually led her to a career at Bullis.
Her mother, Head of Middle School Dr. Marilyn Moreno, was on campus too, though “she always lets me be myself. Besides,” Ariana adds, “I was here first, so I showed her the ropes.” Bullis favorites included community service trips, bonding with students at Calleva each September, and participating in Habitat for Humanity during her senior year. Challenged to step out of her comfort zone, she saw new perspectives and possibilities and appreciated the differences among the students. “The diversity at Bullis is a great aspect of the school.”
Graduating and moving on to the University of Maryland, Ariana recalls “Bullis supported my curiosity, so I went off to college with a bucket of skills and interests.” Majoring in communication with a focus on digital marketing, she interned in Melbourne, Australia for a summer (during their winter), working on a fundraising campaign for the non-profit YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty), which helps children in domestic violence situations. Currently, she is working on a master’s degree in business administration at George Washington University.
Ariana joined the Admission team in Fall 2020, adding her marketing experience to the Admission toolkit. “She is a team player who lives out the Bullis values in all that she does,” says Trammel. Ariana adds, “Talking to prospective and new families about the programs and opportunities, I get to brag about Bullis every day!”
“There is such great leadership here,” she says. “We are encouraged to run with our ideas and develop our interests to support the team and the school.” She still enjoys the same sense of community.
Bullis feels like home to me. Ariana Moreno ' 15
She tells students today to “try everything! What Bullis offers is unheard of in some other schools. You have opportunities to test your interests here—a great platform for moving on to other things.”
This article is featured in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Bullis Magazine.
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