BY YVETTE BROWN
Kelly Hyles, a 17-year-old from Guyana, has been accepted into 21 colleges including all eight Ivy League schools – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Hyles, who moved to America from Guyana with her single mother at the age of 11 in 2009, attends the prestigious High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College of New York. They came to America so that Hyles could receive a better education. Hyles received a 99.63 grade point average, while taking college courses and is valedictorian for her graduating class. She is the second student in NYC to be accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. She was also accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Johns Hopkins University, and she will receive a free ride to any school of her choosing.
While she hasn’t yet chosen a school, Hyles said she is leaning towards Harvard because it has always been her “dream school,” where she can study to become a neurosurgeon. She takes part in a bio-medical research program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after school and she studies the effects of a gene on diabetes at the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute, according to People magazine.
Hyles and her mother, Annette Dominic, share the responsibility of a busy day. Dominic works an overnight shift as a nurse’s aide at a nursing home until 7 a.m. and then an hour later she attends her second job as a home health aide, so that she can support her daughter. Hyles wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to take an hour and a half ride to the other side of Harlem to go to school. Hyles explained that she only receives five hours of sleep a night, according to the Huffington Post.
Hyles said that this wasn’t just a moment for her, but it was for her mother too. According to reports, she said, “When I got into the colleges, I told my mom, I was like, ‘Oh, these acceptance letters are as much mine as they are yours.’”
“In Guyana, Kelly always did well. She was always on top of her class. When she got here she realized the opportunity. She came and saw other children not taking the opportunity and she did,” said Dominic, according to reports.
In Hyles’ personal essay obtained by Business Insider, she wrote, “I look forward to embarking on a new journey as I expand my critical thinking and grow intellectually. I am eager to experience new wonders through hands-on activities in the lab and be inspired by the experts in those fields,” she continued.
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