Guyana Teen Gets Into 21 Universities in the USA, Including All 8 Ivy Leagues

High School Senior From Immigrant Family Got Into Every Ivy League

Kimberly Yam Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post – 04/26/2016

All those years of hitting the books paid off for one accomplished high school senior. 

Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles, a senior at the selective High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York, was recently accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. The student, who came to the US from Guyana when she was 11 years old, told she’s been in shock since receiving the good news.

“I was really happy. I’m still in disbelief. I am so grateful,” she said.

In addition to all the Ivies, Hyles also received acceptance letters to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, reported. In total, she was accepted to a staggering 21 schools. What’s more, she told Pix11 that, for the most part, she’ll get a free ride to any college she chooses to attend. 

The student’s accomplishments certainly back up her acceptance letters.

Hyles participates in a competitive biomedical research program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, takes college-level courses, has an impressive 99.63 GPA and is valedictorian of her class, reported.   [Read more]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/29/2016 at 10:06 pm

    Well done, Kelly! When Guyanese youth are given opportunity, they excel.

  • demerwater  On 04/30/2016 at 5:24 am

    A 5-star performance like Kelly’s would be highlighted by parents like mine, in their regular motivational “speeches”. My father would never tire of talking about Edgar Mortimer Duke (he did his homework under a street light) and Dr. Frank Chandra (who qualified as a Doctor at an age when most were still going to school).
    Miss Hyles’ achievement reminds me of the era when, at 98 point something, the literacy rate of British Guiana was the highest in the Caribbean; when Mr. Richard Ishmael offered a full scholarship to IETC based on the results of a free and public examination held at the school.
    How do I know all this? I was part of group from Carmel R.C. which took every opportunity to obtain a secondary school examination.
    Anthony Ramson, Rudolph Subryan, Frank Leuben and myself had to redeem ourselves for having done so badly at the County Scholarship Examination.

  • demerwater  On 04/30/2016 at 7:43 am

    That should read ….. a secondary school education. But you knew that.
    Also, let me hasten to add that Mr. Richard Ishmael and IETC were not the only institution which offered this innovative education opportunity. There were Messrs. Cheeks & Alleyne and Cambridge Academy (one or two entities?) and firms like D’Aguiar Bros. Pardon my lapses.

  • Atley Cforth  On 04/30/2016 at 7:30 pm

    Your accomplishment has certainly motivated others. Continue to excel, the opportunities are limitless.

  • Gigi  On 05/01/2016 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations are indeed in order. But keep in mind that acceptance does not mean free tuition/full scholarship. Some colleges offer partial scholarship which does nothing to cover even the basics. Besides, what is the point in spending $50/$100 to apply to each college? Applying to colleges are not free and some do waive the application fee. Also, the SAT only lets you select four colleges to send your SAT scores for free. You have to pay to have it sent to each college after that. And most colleges require your SAT scores in their decision making process. Again, getting accepted does not translate into full scholarship, and Pell Grant which is need based, is not designed to cover full tuition at most colleges and never the ivies. If it was, student loans would not be the super predator debt bondage scheme it is.

  • Albert  On 05/01/2016 at 7:02 pm

    Gigi:………..”But keep in mind that acceptance does not mean free tuition/full scholarship.”

    Agree with you. Part of the post is a bit unclear. Ivy league schools which accepted my grand daughter offered amounts to cover part of the tuition, plus possible part time jobs to cover things like books etc. Boarding might be fully on the student. What we did was to play the offer of schools against each other to get the best deal. Then there are national sorority groups which give funds to selected students, which could amount to a few thousands. Much depend on the student academic grades and other features of value.

    Acceptance to an Ivy league school might be only the beginning of the challenges. The work load could be overwhelming making sleep a luxury. Then there is the issue of adjusting socially to what might be a different world to an underexposed student. Over the years I know of students who drop out of Harvard because of isolation, loneliness, possibly feeling socially deprived. Some students come from wealthy parents and could make a poor roommate feel inferior.
    Another important feature, especially for females, is finding lifetime partners. If she does not find a partner in college (and its difficult in Ivy League schools) her chances of remaining single just escalates.

    • Thinker  On 05/01/2016 at 7:39 pm

      Lifetime partners are better found after College when people embark on a profession which may lead them to work in different cities or states. Committment at too young an age for those intending to do higher studies is not recommended.

  • Albert  On 05/01/2016 at 7:18 pm

    Forgot to mention what might be news to Gigi. There are wealthy black people in the US who give funds to outstanding minority high school students accepted to top universities. We got a few thousands that way.

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