She Rocks! Guyanese Student Kelly Hyles Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Colleges

High school student Kelly Hyles has made her entire family and the Guyanese community very proud after being accepted to all 8 Ivy League Colleges.  Born in Guyana, Kelly now resides in Brooklyn, New York and received a total of 21 acceptance letters, but the best arrived from America’s Top 8 Colleges.

Kelly migrated to the US from Guyana with her family when she was 11 years old.  She is a former student of Vryheid’s Lust Primary on the East Coast of Demerara, and is currently a Senior at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at CCNY in Queens, New York

Kelly Hyles

In an interview with Pix 11 News, Kelly said that when she moved to America she knew that she need to take advantage of the opportunities that she was afforded to make herself and her community proud.  She said making use of all the opportunities that she had, having the support of the  community, and a strong support system at home has made her journey very easy. 

Acceptance Letters

Some of Kelly’s Acceptance Letters

Kelly does not consider herself to be a “Genius”, just a normal kid.  She shared that she also had tutoring almost everyday, especially when she struggled with AP Chemistry.  On how she overcame her struggles with classes, Kelly said that that she realized that she’s only human and she sought the help that she needed.

 The biggest part of my achievements is realizing that I’m only human and I’m going to make mistakes, but it’s how I handle those mistakes and how I handle the obstacles that I face that will determine whether or not I’m successful in life.  So I just needed to realize that I’m human, go to tutoring, reach out to my teachers and stay faithful.”

When asked about the moment she realized that she was accepted all of these schools, Kelly said that she wanted to check the schools portals herself, but that her mother, Anetta Earle Sealy, wanted them to do it together.  They couldn’t believe it when they found out that she was accepted to Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, Yale, Northwestern, Binghamton, Stony Brook, University of Michigan, and Princeton, just to name a few.


Kelly said that she wants to give all of the colleges a fair shot and will visit all of them, but her big sister is strongly nudging her towards Harvard.  She will receive a full scholarship to any of the schools that pick, and she is also a finalist for the Ron Ross Scholarship.

A biochemistry enthusiast, Kelly wants to become a neurosurgeon.  She became interested in neurology when  a family member was diagnosis with Parkinson disease and seeing how this degenerative disorder affected his body inspired her to study neurosurgery.

Kelly’s advice to young kids is “Make sure that whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it because you like it or because you’re interested in it; not because you think it will make your family happy or make your parents happy.  Make sure you’re doing it for you.”

Congratulations Kelly.  You Rock!

Kelly being interviewed by Kori Chambers of PIX11 New

Queens high school student accepted to all Ivy League schools talks about her unique achievement

A student from the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at CCNY has made her entire family proud after being accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Kelly Hyles of Jamaica, Queens, received some of the greatest news when an acceptance letter from each of the top schools arrived at her house.

Kelly with Former Attorney General Eric Holder

Kelly with Former Attorney General Eric Holder

Kelly with basketball legend Magic Johnson

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72 comment on “She Rocks! Guyanese Student Kelly Hyles Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Colleges

  1. Tia From-FreshasDaisy KidsSpa

    Tia From-FreshasDaisy KidsSpa Reply

    you rock Kelly…. so proud of you may your accomplishment be motivation to others

  2. Tiffany Devi

    Tiffany Devi Reply

    Ayyy! That’s awesome way to go girl!

  3. Patrick King

    Patrick King Reply

    Remember how. Guyana is and run far far away from that

    1. Jocelyn Young Reply

      That is why we are the way we are, because of people like you who forget where they came from. We need our children to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them, but use the knowledge that they have acquired to do for their own people. America have everything, what little we have, needs to be harnessed so that we can enjoy these brilliant minds to help our people. Go Kelly, do you but don’t ever forget you are a GUYANESE 1st.

      1. shirley wilson Reply

        well said Jocelyn!

    2. Lois Reply

      That was stupid.

      1. Lois Reply

        To Patrick king that was a stupid comment. She received her early education in Guyana

  4. Carol Trish Fernandes

    Carol Trish Fernandes Reply

    Aiyanna Johns

  5. Maureen Druiventak

    Maureen Druiventak Reply

    Black girl rocks.

  6. Earthangel Tlp

    Earthangel Tlp Reply

    Go kelly

  7. Keela Reply

    GOOD FOR U. What an example and role model.
    Kudos to ur parents too.

  8. Holly Ann Bowen

    Holly Ann Bowen Reply

    Congrats so proud of u

  9. Karen E. Yaw

    Karen E. Yaw Reply

    Well done

  10. Barbara Pollard

    Barbara Pollard Reply

    One more added go girl concentrate on the POSITIVES and do your very best

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  12. Bonita Mentis Reply

    Congratulations Kelly, not only for making your family proud but for representing South Vryheid’s Lust well. Continue blessings on all your future endeavors.

  13. Wayne Sealey Reply

    Congrats !!!!

  14. Fazila M Reply

    Congratulations Kelly, may God bless, guard, and continue to keep you well in all your future endeavours.

  15. Simone Islovinglife

    Simone Islovinglife Reply

    Kelly we r proud of u

  16. Janet Narine

    Janet Narine Reply

    She was on all the news channels here. Wow I did not know she was Guyanese. Go girl God Bless you

  17. Dionne Smith

    Dionne Smith Reply

    Congrats dear

  18. Simone Haynes

    Simone Haynes Reply

    Nicole Haynes

  19. Guyanese Girls Rock

    Guyanese Girls Rock Reply

    Anetta Earle Sealey, Kelly Hyles – Please check you inbox and respond ASAP. Thanks.

  20. Kelly Hyles

    Kelly Hyles Reply

    Thank you Guyanese Girls Rock!

    1. Guyanese Girls Rock

      Guyanese Girls Rock Reply

      You’re welcome Kelly! Keeping on rocking. I sent a message to your inbox.

  21. Enid Bickram

    Enid Bickram Reply

    Congratulations!!!!Unheard of.

  22. Anonymous Reply

    Congratulations!! Keep up the good work!

  23. Gilbert Eastman

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  24. Bisson Mati

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  25. Akwenise Gibson

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  26. Akeisha Hoosain

    Akeisha Hoosain Reply

    U go girl n congrats

  27. Tiffany Bobb-Semple

    Tiffany Bobb-Semple Reply

    I’m so proud of this young woman!! She inspires me.

  28. Danny Ramcharran

    Danny Ramcharran Reply

    we are proud of you

  29. Danny Ramcharran

    Danny Ramcharran Reply

  30. Alicia Daniels Reply

    Amazing!!! All things are possible!!!

  31. Anonymous Reply

    So proud, keep up the good work and don’t forget home when you’re finish, we need some experts here.

  32. Anonymous Reply

    Congrats,I am a proud 66 yr old Guyanese woman in Ct.,formally of Lodge Housing scheme.we all should be so proud of you my sister,continue success,

  33. Morslyn Johnson

    Morslyn Johnson Reply

  34. Maxciene Williams Reply

    Congratulations Kelly, I have a 3 years old granddaughter Schuylar who will know your name and be proud that she has imprints of your foot steps to follow. Proud Guyanese.

  35. Margaret Thomas Reply

    Congrats!!! Well done. You are an inspiration.

    1. Junie Zabar Reply

      Congrats! Your hard work has given you the great rewards!
      From ambitious Guyanese Parenting….congrats to your Patents also! God bless America for the great opportunities!

  36. Donnette Lovell Simmons

    Donnette Lovell Simmons Reply

    Congratulations Kelly

  37. Anonymous Reply

    My niece rocks. So proud of her

  38. Winifred Jackson

    Winifred Jackson Reply

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    Winifred Jackson Reply

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    Winifred Jackson Reply

  41. Omadai Samuel

    Omadai Samuel Reply

    Congrats proud of u

  42. Netty Thompson

    Netty Thompson Reply

  43. Elena Diene

    Elena Diene Reply

    Congratulations on such a great accomplishment!! Wishing you nothing but success and that your dreams come true <3 <3

  44. Denise Dhanraj

    Denise Dhanraj Reply

    God bless you honey

  45. Armin Dean

    Armin Dean Reply

    Congrats Kelly ,continue your good works.

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  47. Althea Pollydore

    Althea Pollydore Reply

    Congrats Kelly

  48. Kash Sharma

    Kash Sharma Reply

    She had to go overseas to be recognized

  49. Sherry Uddin

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  50. Ingrid Walton

    Ingrid Walton Reply

    Congrats Kelly keep on and pursue your dreams God blessings continue to overtake you abundantly

  51. Gwendolyn Greenidge

    Gwendolyn Greenidge Reply

    Congratulations Guyanese girls rock

  52. Patricia Ann Hope

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  56. Cleo Thomas

    Cleo Thomas Reply

    Congrats Kelly .keep up the good works

  57. Glàdys Pyle

    Glàdys Pyle Reply

    We Guyanese are bless congratulations to u

  58. Shazada Husain

    Shazada Husain Reply

    Congratulations proud of u

  59. Nichole Phillips Reply

    Amazing!! You are an inspiration to people you may never meet! With your mindset and attitude, you will surely succeed!!!

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  61. Sandre Phoenix

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  62. Patricia Moore

    Patricia Moore Reply

    Congrats baby grl continue aiming high sky is the limit may god continue to bless u in everything u do Guyana is very proud of u . Black girl rock

  63. Angelica Cort

    Angelica Cort Reply

    Smart girls rock!!!

  64. Anonymous Reply

    Well done!!! Sweetheart…keep going sweetie and greatness will come to you…God Bless.

  65. SJH Reply

    Recently learned of Kelly’s accomplishments on the Today show which is a national forum. What an amazing spotlight to give to this hardworking young woman who sacrificed for her dreams. Her mother is to be commended as well for her hard work and dedication. I cannot imagine what they endured, but it was well worth it. Whether she chooses Harvard or Brown (my alma mater), she will blaze a marvelous trail for our Guyanese brethren. Walk good.

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