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Date Posted: 09:36:58 07/12/17 Wed
Because you seem to comment on everything, it's not unusual that you occasionally miss the mark.
Yes - Princeton admissions did reject Kyle Wilcox, but not because he wasn't academically qualified. Princeton is clearly entitled to make its own admission's decisions, but, for the record, everyone should understand that that decision was not made because Kyle was a low bander that couldn't be squeezed into their football recruiting class.
Princeton's rationale in rejecting Kyle was that he emerged from the foster care system and was under the legal guardianship of his brother who had just reached majority age. For whatever reason, Princeton determined that Kyle's unusual support system threatened his ability to succeed as a Princeton student. That clearly is their right, although best guess is that there are lots of Ivy admits that come from dysfunctional homes and the same judgement could have been made.
Kyle graduated from Penn with a double major in Chemical Engineering and Asian Studies, received the prestigious Fox Leadership Fellowship and earned his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, also at Penn. He currently works as a software developer.
So with hindsight, it is fairly easy to pass judgement on the relative decision making done by both schools - but - we shouldn't think for a second that this player was a low AI admit or that his performance both on the field and in the classroom didn't support the judgement of the Princeton football staff, who actually knew the individual and understood the obstacles he faced growing up and pressed for his admission. Nor should the judgement of Penn admissions be questioned on this one, for, while every school makes some bad calls, Penn got this one right.
The name Kyle Wilcox should have never appeared in this thread. Every Ivy student or grad should aspire to have the grit and the character and ability this young man has demonstrated in everything he has achieved despite having significant hurdles to leap over that most of us never have had to.
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