Educating and empowering young women since 1874

Kirsten Hammann

Aliya Barrows '19 (left) and Emma Shaw '19 (right) sign National Letters of Intent to run in college.

This winter, two additional student-athletes from St. Mary Academy - Bay View signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at the college level.

Aliya Barrows, a senior at Bay View, and member of the Bengals cross country and track and field teams signed a National Letter of Intent to run at Elon University in the fall. Barrows has been a tour de force on the track since her freshman year capturing the Freshman State Championship in the 400m dash in addition to earning all-state, all-division, and all-class honors during her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Career highlights to date include becoming the Class C record holder in the 600m dash (2017/2018, indoor), RI Girls Outdoor Most Outstanding Sprints Performer (2017/2018, outdoor), Dartmouth relays 400m dash champion (2018/2019, indoor), New Balance National Indoor meet sprint medley relay qualifier (2018/2019, indoor), and 2018/2019 RIIL indoor 300m dash state champion.

In addition, Barrows recently finished top 6 in the 300m dash at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships. She ran a personal best of 40.32 seconds, breaking her personal record set last month at the state meet (40.91 seconds), and the old school record of 41.50 seconds, set by Elizabeth Hughes in 1993. Academically, Barrows is a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society, and during the summer she is a camp counselor at Camp Ramsbottom in Pawtucket.

Emma Shaw is also a senior and member of the Bengals cross country and track and field teams. Last month, she signed a National Letter of Intent to run at Bucknell University. Shaw has been a varsity member of the Bengals cross-country team for all four years. She has continued to improve her times each year, earning all-division and all-class honors. Career highlights include being part of the Bengal's Cinderella team that finished 6th overall at the RIIL State Meet in 2015. In 2016, she finished 3rd team all-state which helped the cross country team finish as state runner up. In 2018 she received 1st-team all-class honors.

In addition to athletics, Shaw is also an outstanding student. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rhode Island Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Mu Alpha Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Peer Ministry, Mercy in Action Club, B.A.D.D. (Bengals Against Destructive Decisions) Club, and Math Team. In addition, she also serves as a student ambassador.