Lauderdale County Cadet Hits Perfect Mark on ACT

A Lauderdale County School District Navy JROTC cadet scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and received a substantial scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study computer science.

Cadet Prince Kelly, from Northeast Lauderdale High School, was recognized at a sanctioned December meeting at Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia. In a letter from State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, the Mississippi Department of Education leader praised Kelly’s accomplishments and said his time in the Navy JROTC “aided [his] leadership skills and instilled in [him] the perseverance required to reach such a high goal.”

“What you accomplished is, indeed, exceptional and worthy of recognition,” Wright said in her letter.


Master Chief Dexter Deen, left, and Senior Chief Kent Malone, right, join in recognizing Prince Kelly, a Lauderdale County School District Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadet who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and received a full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at a December NJROTC meeting Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia.



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