Bentley won a medal in the state Science Olympiad, worked as a Whiz Kids tutor and is the Liberty Township school’s reigning prom queen.
“My end goal is I want to be a physician in the Army,” said Bentley, who begins classes on Princeton’s campus in New Jersey in September.
“My dad went to West Point and my maternal grandfather served in the Army for much of his career, so I didn’t grow up moving every few years but the value of service is definitely there,” she said.
She credits Butler Tech’s biomedical science classes at Lakota East for propelling her to Princeton.
“The Butler Tech class was very important to me after I started taking it my freshman year. If not for that class, I doubt I’d be sitting where I am now. The scholarship is incredibly generous,” she said.
“And the chemical engineering program at Princeton is among the top 10 in the country,” said Bentley.
Lakota East physics teacher Brandon Bright wasn’t surprised by Bentley snagging one of the district’s largest scholarships.
“Paige is such an independent and already mature person. She thinks things through and she leads others well. She deserves it, and it’s good to see her get something she deserves,” said Bright.
Paige is looking forward to starting her Ivy League college career.
“I’m incredibly excited. The opportunities at Princeton are bountiful.”