May 24, 2016 News
Mark Benschop, founder of the Mark Benschop Foundation (MBK) and Kelly Hyles, the US-based Guyanese scholar who was accepted into 21 colleges including all eight Ivy League schools in the US, yesterday held a press
conference in the boardroom of Metro Stationary Services in Quamina Street.
Hyles has opted to attend Harvard. She was recently accepted into the class of 2020.
Benschop said that he approached Fly Jamaica for the sponsorship of a ticket for Kelly Hyles and to his delight, the company provided two tickets to accommodate Hyles’ mother, Anetta Earl Sealey.
The Harvard-bound scholar stated that she is “Really happy to be here (Guyana) and be able to celebrate my 18th birth anniversary on the same day as Guyana’s Independence Anniversary, May 26.”
Hyles spent her first 11 years in Guyana before migrating. She said that most importantly, she received a strong foundation at her former primary school in Vryheid’s Lust. She added that she opted for Harvard because she felt “at home” during a visit to the institution, that the atmosphere was very welcoming.
She said that she has an interest in Neuroscience and the fact that Harvard has a strong Science unit, further incensed her to opt for the prestigious college.
Hyles mentioned that she wanted to visit schools in Berbice, Linden and Essequibo but wasn’t sure if “The visits are going to be possible.”
Ms. Hyles was earlier in the day accompanied to the Ministry of the Presidency by her mother, Ms. Anetta Earl; her aunt, Mrs. Shaundelle Inniss-Munroe; her uncle, Mr. Kenneth Earl Sealey and Mark Benschop. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, also attended the meeting.
The President congratulated the young scholar, referring to her as a product of the Guyanese society and a citizen of whom the nation is proud.
“Everything I do, everything the Cabinet and the Government does is so that our young people can have a bright future. This country can only be developed (with) intelligent and educated persons like you. We are happy and encouraged by your achievements,” President Granger said.
In a message to those children that might not come from favourable economic backgrounds, she urged, “Not having money is no reason not to work hard.”
When asked what the secret behind her success was, she noted that the support of her family and the people from her village kept her going. She thanked God for her support system. “I do things for myself, not only for my family.”
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