St. Mary Academy - Bay View

Class of 2022 earned $20,239,898 in college scholarships; graduates attending 51 different colleges

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – St. Mary Academy – Bay View graduated its Class of 2022 on Monday evening, June 6, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The Class of 79 graduates have all been accepted into college, with plans to pursue higher education degrees at 51 different colleges and universities. Collectively, the Class earned $20,239,898 in college scholarships.

“Our class is an extraordinary family filled with performers, writers, poets, scientists, athletes, artists, and social activists. We have accomplished so much already, not only in the classroom, but on the court or the field, on the stage, and in our community,” said Class Valedictorian Gabriella Osorio-Palo, who plans to attend Georgia Tech in the fall, during her Valedictory Address. “We are only 18 and have our whole lives ahead of us, but I know that whatever we choose to do or wherever we end up, we will always be extraordinary people who will accomplish extraordinary things.”

The graduation ceremony included two graduating student awards, the Catherine McAuley Woman of the Year Award and the Frances Xavier Warde Person of Courage Award. The Woman of the Year Award, the most prestigious honor given to a graduating senior, was awarded to Faith Blais. As Woman of the Year, Faith was recognized for positive impact on the Bay View community. She reflects the unselfish values of Catherine McAuley by improving the quality of life of those with whom she comes in contact; by her welcoming attitude towards others and her understanding of her responsibility to service. She also possesses a firm commitment to her academic pursuits and epitomizes the qualities for which Bay View stands: knowledge, character, compassion and a determination to make the world around her a better place. 

The Frances Xavier Warde Person of Courage Award was given to Brooke (Finn) Maloney, who exhibits the positive actions, character, strength, and commitment to personal goals demonstrated by Mother Frances Xavier Warde. Mother Frances Xavier Warde was the first Sister of Mercy to establish religious communities in America despite the overwhelming obstacles of prejudice, personal suffering, and poverty.

"Don't worry if you're not sure about what you want to do with your life or what you want to major in. You have time. Trust me – the journey isn't always as straight and clear as we all imagine or hope,” said Bay View President Sister Marybeth Beretta to the graduates. “You will come to some junctions that you never anticipated, and you will need to make adjustments or change your plan. Be gentle with yourself in the process." 

“As a class, we have grown over these past four years. All of our expectations of high school crumbled in our sophomore year. We persevered together, through quarantines, Google meets, 

masks, hybrid learning, and so much more. But we always had our Bay View community to support us through these unprecedented times. We lost many high school experiences but learned to appreciate small gestures that we once took for granted, such as an unmasked smile or a high five from a teammate. Thankfully, we were able to have a somewhat normal senior year,” said Hamilton College-bound graduate Emily McDonald to her fellow graduates at Class Day leading up to graduation. “I will always cherish the time we spent together and the wonderful memories we have created. You all have so many incredible talents, and I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do in life.”

The Class 0f 2022 (by location of residence) include:

+ National Honor Society

*  Rhode Island Honor Society

Barrington, RI 
Jessica King +* 
Morgan Vales +* 

Bristol, RI 
Hailey Osmanski +* 

Coventry, RI 
Madison Abood +* 
Emily Heath +* 
Margaret Mahoney +* 
Erica Makhlouf * 
Lauren Marsella * 
Abigail Pare +* 
Morgan Pedus +* 

Cranston, RI 
Caitlin Brown +* 
Andrea DeFusco * 
Liliana DeFusco 
Abbey Gemma * 
Emma Greene + * 
Tessa Izzo +* 
Izarriah Melgar * 
Gabriella Osorio-Palo +* 

East Greenwich, RI 
Emma Chou +* 

East Providence, RI 
Orla Feld +* 
Madyson Horton * 
Jasmine Lugo 
Ava Troino * 
Gabriela Valotto * 

Greenville, RI 
Grace Bourassa +* 

Hope, RI 
Avery Gardner * 

Johnston, RI 
Sabrina Randall * 

Little Compton, RI 
Emma Leary +* 

North Kingstown, RI 
Sophia Bianchi +* 
Olivia Martin +* 

North Providence, RI 
Jasmine Stevens * 
Stephanie Vera +* 

Pawtucket, RI 
Neisa Brito Barbosa +* 
Liv DaSilva +* 
Jadzia Jean +* 
Simone Miranda +* 
Emily O’Hearn +* 
Ashanty Rodriguez Rosario* 
Yun (Amber) Zheng +* 

Portsmouth, RI 
Caryn Leigh Comerford +* 
Mary Rose Comerford +* 
Hannah Ferro * 

Providence, RI 
Hazel Bozikowski * 
Greta Heitmueller * 
Jarilyn Lizana * 
Jadah Matos * 
Sofia Mazza * 
Emely Rodriguez * 
Sofia Vaca * 

Riverside, RI 
Sophia Mutti * 
Kathryn Nelson +* 
Brianna Waycott * 

Rumford, RI 
Elizabeth White +* 

Smithfield, RI 
Sydney Nogueira * 

Tiverton, RI 
Maya Joncas +* 
Charlotte Jones +* 
Emily McDonald +* 

Wakefield, RI 
Julia Lindenberg * 

Warren, RI 
Ainsely Pattie +* 

Warwick, RI 
Caroline Barr +* 
Liliana Bastia +* 
Emily Carruolo * 
Kathryn Creamer * 
Catrina Fielding +* 
Brooke Maloney +* 
Katelyn Niles 
Talia Plante * 
Eva Scott-Sheldon +* 
Olivia Tracy +* 
Hannah Wind +* 
West Greenwich, RI
Stefanie Levesque +*

Westerly, RI
Victoria Miller-Tuchon *

Woonsocket, RI
Faith Blais +*

North Attleboro, MA 
Morgan MacLeod 

Rehoboth, MA
Ashley Anderson +*
Abbie Green-Sermak +*
Molly Kilkenny *
Jia Weingard +*

Seekonk, MA
Jane Maciel *

ABOUT ST. MARY ACADEMY – BAY VIEW

St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an independent, Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Preschool through Grade 12. Located in East Providence, Rhode Island, Bay View is a member institution of the Mercy Education System of the Americas, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1874, Bay View endeavors to provide a quality education preparing girls and young women for the challenges of the global community. St. Mary Academy – Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

ABOUT SISTERS OF MERCY

The Sisters of Mercy—an international community of Roman Catholic women—dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and service. For more than 180 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their foundress, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the continually changing needs of the time.

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