Category Archives: Education

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.  Continue reading

Dr. Karen Godette- She Rocks! Guyanese heads Oncology Dept. in Atlanta…

Subject: She Rocks! Guyanese heads Oncology Dept. in Atlanta…
She Rocks! Dr. Karen Godette, Associate Professor & Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta


Dr. Karen Godette

Karen Godette, MD, is a board certified radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Godette practices general radiation oncology and specializes in breast and gynecological malignancies, prostate cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. Within these areas, her expertise is brachytherapy.

Dr. Godette treats patients at Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she has served as medical director since 2001. Winship Cancer Institute is Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center and has over 250 active clinical trials. Winship is ranked among the top 25 cancer hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.   Continue reading

Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

""272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

In 1838, the Jesuit priests who ran the country’s top Catholic university needed money to keep it alive. Now comes the task of making amends.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

By RACHEL L. SWARNS – APRIL 16, 2016 – NY Times
WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University.   Continue reading

Guyana Listed Among 12 Emerging Travel Destinations to Visit in 2016

Guyana Listed Among 12 Emerging Travel Destinations to Visit in 2016


Kaieteur Falls

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 12 2016 – Guyana, South America Undiscovered- On the cusp of the 50thIndependence Anniversary celebrations Guyana has been accorded yet another distinction, having been featured in the Business Insider UK’s  ‘ 12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016’.

In this most recent feature, Broadcast journalist and photojournalist, Anisha Shah explains that 2016 is all about emerging destinations.

“Wilderness, wildlife and culture; these themes will illuminate the year’s travel itineraries. Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like fledgling and far-flung nations,” she said.    Continue reading

Native American Women: Keepers of the Spirit! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 Native American Women: Keepers of the Spirit!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Catherine Tekakwitha- 1690

Catherine Tekakwitha- 1690

The old woman sat on a rock and unlocked the matrilineal puzzle. Below, the confluences of the river celebrated in a joyful cacophony as strong currents poured the debris into the sea. All was not well and the woman could tell that the worse was yet to happen. She closed her eyes and the pictures moved in the dusty heat as if it were yesterday. There was a time when the land was respected as the giver of life, when the birds flew undisturbed and when the word of the people stood for something. But today it’s different.

The lungs of the forests have been sucked dry by poisons; axes decimate the trees and the rivers and their arteries are blackened by gold seekers. The manioc too has lost its shape and taste, while the birds have flown in the opposite direction. The woman looked at the smoke in the forests. She heard the noise of the dredges and wondered why her people’s lot was to minister over an ecosystem that may be eclipsed by the dawn of the crescent moons. As a native woman she was one with the ebb of the milk river. She was a keeper of the spirit.    Continue reading

The Spirit of Kofi – By Colin Bob-Semple

The Spirit of Kofi – By Colin Bob-Semple

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 04:29 AM PDT – St Stanislaus College blog

Dear Friends,

This YouTube video (below) has been dedicated inTribute to the late Mrs Christobel Hughes of Guyana, on this Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, during the Golden Jubilee Year of Guyana’s Independence.Mrs Hughes and Ms Sharon Granger had requested me to deliver a lecture in Guyana in 2011. Prior legal work commitments did not, however, permit me to deliver a live lecture at that time.

“THE SPIRIT OF KOFI TELLS HIS-STORY” is an account by an ‘invoked’ Kofi (Cuffy), National Hero of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, of his Revolution against the enslavers in the Dutch colony of Berbice, Guyana, in February 1763.   Continue reading

Guyana 411 – March 11, 2016 – Focus on Education – GINA Video

Guyana 411 – March 11, 2016 – Focus on Education – GINA Video


Guyana 411- Budget allocations for Health, Education and Infrastructure – video

Guyana 411 – February 19, 2016 – Budget allocations for Health, Education and Infrastructure

Do We Need Black History? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do We Need Black History? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do we need Black History? Should we set aside a month for the study of Black History? Do Blacks have a history anyway? The social media is abuzz with views on these topics. In an effort to answer such questions the life and times of Amos Beman is pertinent. The young Beman had his heart set on attending Wesleyan but in 1832 the college was not admitting Blacks. The Board of Trustees passed a resolution on October 10, 1832 saying that, ‘none but white male persons shall be admitted as students of this institution.’

Beman was tutored three times a week in the living room of abolitionist Samuel P. Dole as private tutoring was quite common at the time. Beman grew up and became an influential pastor. In 1843 Noah Webster who is famous for his thesaurus asked Beman for his views on Black History. After a discussion Webster concluded that Blacks do not have a history and worse yet ‘there can be none.’   Continue reading

Saint Stanislaus College – Pre-Registration for150th Anniversary Reunion 2016

Pre-Registration for Saints 150th Anniversary Reunion 2016

Posted by St Stanislaus Blog : 03 Feb 2016 02:41 AM PST


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