William Floyd High School senior Kaylyn King has been selected to receive a full Navy ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Marine Option Scholarship, which will cover four years of college expenses up to $180,000 for tuition, books, room & board and more. King, who planned on enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation this June, will instead be commissioned as a second lieutenant after college graduation. She will attend Georgia State University next fall and spend summers completing additional training at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
King, 17, of Shirley, is one of only a small number of graduating seniors nationwide to be selected for this honor and the seventh William Floyd student in the past decade to receive a full-ride scholarship or service academy appointment. A highly-decorated NJROTC cadet, Cadet Lieutenant King, the Unit Executive Officer, has been recognized in naval science studies with the “Honor Cadet” award, which is given to only one cadet in each class for highest overall academic achievement in school, including all naval sciences classes; the local award of the “Cadet Frederick Reinhart Memorial Leadership” as outstanding first year cadet; the Surface Navy Association’s “Stephen Decatur Award” for furthering the values and courage of Stephen Decatur; and the Military Officers Association of America “JROTC Medal” for having demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership.
Additionally, Kaylyn attended the “Area Four” Leadership Academy & Sail Training last summer at Naval Station Newport completing an intense study program of skills for cadet leaders, an honor reserved for the best and brightest cadets from the 54 participating schools in the northeast United States.
Her other NJROTC awards include: Military Aptitude; Naval Science Outstanding Cadet (for three consecutive years); Exemplary Conduct; Academic Awards (with Gold Torch & Bronze Lamp) for both academic team and school honor roll; Leadership Training; Sea Cruise; and Orienteering. She has multiple “Exemplary Personal Appearance” awards. She is also active in the community, contributing her time and talents to projects like “Boots on the Ground NY” and volunteers with the “Relay for Life” team, raising much-needed funds and awareness in order to save lives from cancer.
King is involved in several extra-curricular activities that she balances with her stellar academics and naval science studies, such as National Honor Society, Student Government, the Foreign Language Honor Society as well as athletics – varsity field hockey, track & field and basketball.
“In my position of senior naval science instructor, I have been acquainted with Kaylyn since she first enrolled in the program as a freshman,” said Commander Jay Tweed, USN/Ret. “In that period of time, she has shown and fulfilled the promise of becoming a superb cadet. I have witnessed firsthand her growth and development in academics and leadership, as well as her increasing maturity and character. She is truly worthy of this tremendous honor.”