Bay View senior semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship program


RIVERSIDE — St. Mary Academy - Bay View senior Ishita Rai, of Warwick, has been selected as a Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Students honored each year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States and show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Over 1.5 million juniors from around 21,000 high schools vied for entrance into the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Rai has distinguished herself as a multifaceted student. Rai is active on the Math Team, the Ambassadors Club, Student Council, and the Track and Field Team. In her junior year, Rai also launched the Vision Club, which works with a clinic in Ghana to provide eye care to those with limited access to treatment. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Rai is currently considering many universities.

“I feel very proud and grateful,” said Rai. “Everyone at Bay View is supportive of my goals. There are no boundaries on what you can accomplish here. From my interest in anatomy to extracurriculars like Student Council, Bay View has provided me with the platform to explore my interests.”

Every Finalist will compete for one of the 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representation basis.