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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

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 school’s 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

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Kelly with Former Attorney General Eric Holder
Kelly with Former Attorney General Eric Holder
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Comments (72)

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

Ayyy! That’s awesome way to go girl!

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

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.

well said Jocelyn!

That was stupid.

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

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

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

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

Congrats !!!!

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

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

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

Thank you Guyanese Girls Rock!

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

Congratulations!!!!Unheard of.

Congratulations!! Keep up the good work!

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

Amazing!!! All things are possible!!!

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

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,

Maxciene Williams

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.

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

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!

My niece rocks. So proud of her

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

Congrats Kelly ,continue your good works.


She had to go overseas to be recognized

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

Congratulations Guyanese girls rock

Congrats Kelly .keep up the good works

We Guyanese are bless congratulations to u

Congratulations proud of u

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

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

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

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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