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Proviso West Senior Wins $180,000 Navy Scholarship

May 5, 2016 12:17 PM
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Prince Young, a senior at Proviso West High School and a member of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), has been awarded an $180,000 scholarship from the U.S. Navy.
 
When he found out about the award, it came on the same day that the Proviso West NJROTC unit was conducting its change of command ceremony to bring in new officers for next year.
 
"I had to stand up in front of the entire unit," Prince said. "I got to talk about thanking everyone. I said never give up, because the fruits of the labor are amazing."
 
To qualify for the award, a student needs to score at least 530 on the critical reading portion, and a 520 on the math portion of the SAT. They must also score at least a 21 and 22 on the math and English portions, respectively, on the ACT. The student also had to be physically fit and an active member of an NJROTC unit. After his junior year ended, Prince completed an application, wrote two essays detailing his leadership abilities, had a background check, and interviewed with a ROTC commander.
 
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that Prince is an example of the exemplary students found at Proviso West.
 
"We have many great students attending Proviso West," he said. "For one to receive an opportunity such as this is extraordinary and a testament to his hard work and talent. I congratulate Prince on his achievements and I look forward to continuing to hear great things from him."
 
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that Prince is an example of the exemplary students found in district schools.
 
"We have many great students attending our schools," she said. "For one to receive an opportunity such as this is extraordinary and a testament to his hard work and talent."
 
The hard work will continue after having won the scholarship. Prince will join the ROTC unit at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he plans to major in social services. While at Southern, he will have to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and remain physically fit. After he graduates from college, he will be an active duty officer in the Navy for four years, with the four years following that on inactive duty as a reservist.
 
Prince said that he is looking forward to following in his father’s footsteps in serving in the military.
 
"It’s the passion I have for NJROTC," he said. "I want to be passionate about the Navy. But I’m the average African-American male coming out of Proviso West."
 
Congratulations, Prince! 
 
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