GHS Student Alex Ray Is Named Finalist In National Merit Scholarship Competition


Alex Ray is the son of Eleanor Gibney and Gary Ray.


GIFFT HILL —Alexander Ray, Class of 2015, has been selected as a finalist in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, Gifft Hill School officials have proudly announced. 

Alex is one of only three students chosen from the U.S. Virgin Islands and 16,000 academically talented seniors nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. 

To become a finalist, Alex was required to submit a detailed scholarship application including information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. 

Alex consistently earns High Honors for his academic achievements at GHS and is a talented actor in Gifft Hill School’s theater program, performing in all collaborations with New England Youth Theatre and participating as part of the winning group of GHS students in the Lana Vento Shakespeare Festival. 

Alex plays on the varsity soccer team at GHS, participates on the yearbook committee and is the President of Gifft Hill School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. His college acceptances so far include:  Middlebury College and Bennington College in Vermont, the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Emerson College in Boston.

Gifft Hill School is the only preschool through high school program on St. John, currently serving more than 160 students.