LAKEWOOD- Since she was eight-years-old, Lakes High School senior Kadence Mitchell knew she wanted to attend a top university and now her dream is coming true. This fall, Mitchell will attend Princeton University in New Jersey, one of eight elite Ivy League universities in the country.
Mitchell is able to achieve her dream thanks to the QuestBridge National College Match, a college and scholarship application program that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges. Mitchell heard about the program from Lakes High School counselor Sandra Hughes.
“QuestBridge looks for high-achieving and motivated students who can make a difference,” said Hughes. “Kadence set her goals and used available resources to achieve them. We’re very proud of her!”
Mitchell has taken eight Advanced Placement classes at Lakes and has a 3.8 grade point average. Grades are part of why she received the scholarship; however, leadership roles are another reason. Mitchell is an executive mentor with Lakes’ Ignite Youth Mentoring, was a debate captain for two years and is part of the drama and DECA business clubs. She also works part-time on weekends. She said her mom, dad and brother have always been by her side.
“My family always encouraged me to believe in myself and be a self-starter,” said Mitchell. “I believe anything is possible if you work hard enough to achieve your goals.”
Mitchell would like to major in philosophy or psychology and attend law school to be an attorney. She will visit the Princeton campus in April and will start classes in September.