Ricca is a scholar-athlete-leader. She is both a National Merit Semifinalist and a captain of the women’s varsity swim and dive team. She has been elected president of Mock Trial—a club in which students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system in a competitive manner—for the past three years, and elected as a grade representative to Campus Congress since freshman year.
Her volunteer activities include being treasurer of the Katonah Chapter of the Appalachian Service Project, a member of the Teen Advisory Group at the Lewisboro Library, and tutoring middle school students through Reach Out John Jay.
When asked about a favorite subject, Ricca names political science. “Details of legal cases and the statutes that support them have always fascinated me,” said Ricca. “I plan to attend law school to become an attorney.”
Awards received in her junior year include the Harvard-Radcliffe College Book Award, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Excellence in Math award, and John Jay’s Excellence in Science Award and the Language Department Book Award for Excellence in Spanish.
“Being the valedictorian has been a goal of mine since middle school,” said Ricca. “My father was the valedictorian of his high school and college classes. He passed away in August 2014. Along with the immense sadness that accompanied his passing, it made the prospect of being valedictorian that much more important because it would be something that connected us and something that we could share even though he is no longer here.”