EAST PROVIDENCE — Students, staff, faculty and alumnae from St. Mary Academy-Bay View were thrilled that 2010 graduate, Olivia Culpo, was crowned Miss Universe Wednesday night, Dec. 19.
In a press release, the school announced its Facebook pages were filled with messages of enthusiastic congratulations, well-wishes and Bay View pride, many alluding to the school’s “I am Bay View” slogan:
“Miss Universe is Bay View!!!!!!”
“WOW!!! Miss Universe is a BVA alum! I could not be prouder of my Alma Mater right now!! Invest in a girl & invest in the universe!!!!”
“BVA girls can rule the world!”
“I’m a Bay View Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Congratulations to Olivia!! That is awesome that one of our “sisters” is miss universe.”
“Bay View graduates can accomplish ANYTHING! Girl Power”
It appears that Olivia’s 2010 classmates came back to campus last night to leave her a message in chalk. Drawings and words of encouragement decorate the parking lot this morning, with notes such as “Our Best Friend is Miss Universe,” “We Love Olivia!” and “It’s Olivia’s Universe!” One of the crosswalk icons has even been turned into a pageant queen, complete with a dress and tiara. (See photos)
Olivia attended Bay View Academy from 8th-12th grade. Her older sister Aurora graduated in 2007 and her younger sister, Sophie, is presently a sophomore. Olivia’s parents have said that her success is due in large part to Bay View’s history of developing spirited, independent-minded women.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Olivia! In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy, this last week has been filled with sorrow and a great deal of reflection and prayer, so it is very reassuring to have some good news coming out of a school,” said Bay View President, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis.
She continued, “Olivia is a wonderful role model for our Bay View girls, from Pre-K through grade 12, and she is a great example of the type of self-confident, caring, and poised leader who graduates from Bay View.”