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Khanya Mhlongo from Hilton College recently got the news that his dream had come true after finding out that he had been accepted to attend Yale University!


KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (17 January 2024) — Hilton College’s Khanya Mhlongo has recently made a dream come true for himself, his family, and many of his high school peers.

Recently, Khanya received the green light he’d been waiting for—he had been accepted into one of the world’s most prestigious universities—Yale.

The Hilton community could hardly be more proud of Khanya’s achievement as he prepares to trade the familiar lush scenes and faces of KwaZulu-Natal’s Midland for an entirely new atmosphere in United States New Haven.

The Ivy League university is ranked in the world’s Top 10 finest universities, and has a reputation of a strict admissions rate—making this a mammoth achievement for a scholar outside of the US. But, given Khanya’s glowing report card (he was awarded the Hilton DUX prize 2023 for earning top marks in his year) and his leadership qualities as the Deputy Head of School, the writing of success seems to have been on the wall for him!

Reflecting on the opportunity, Khanya shared a heartfelt perspective thanking those who walked this journey with him or lent their guidance:

“First, I thank God for this opportunity. All I have achieved is due to his generosity and grace in my life more than due to my own merit. It was Christ who blessed me with a father who worked hard to send me to Hilton, with teachers who regularly went above and beyond the call of duty, and with friends who believed in me when I doubted myself.

Special thanks to those behind the scenes—the support staff at Hilton, the housemasters and the admin staff – who contribute significantly to making Hilton a place where every boy can realise his potential. Yale would be a dream come true! But I will always miss Hilton and cherish the memories I made there.”

Sources: Hilton College; Khanya Mhlongo  
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