Ria Patel is a new St. Mary’s freshman. She is on the Tatler News/Features this year because she loves writing, especially persuasive writing. She loves reading books, specifically historical fiction because of their realism. She enjoys challenging her brain by trying escape rooms and doing perplexors. Ria is passionate about helping people in poverty in Memphis. “Memphis has a lot of poverty, and it runs through certain races more than others. And I think we really need to work on helping poverty stricken families obtain the same educational opportunities that we have,” she explains. Ria enjoys going to dance performances to see the costumes, beauty, and culture in the dances. She is a sarcastic, hardworking, but chill girl -- a great addition to St. Mary’s and Tatler.