Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. In fact, there have only been around 2.5 million boys who have earned that title since 1912, including Kyle Paneto.
However, Kyle’s story actually started shortly after the death of his father on June 3rd, 2012. Immediately entering the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Kyle’s grades plummeted, mind wasn’t in the right place, and to make matters worse as time passed he found himself on the ground clipped by a yellow cab while riding his bike. Despite these events, Kyle understood that if he didn’t reapply to school, he would never return.
So why LaGuardia? Well while bedridden for most of the 2016 summer, Kyle found an old photo album with pictures of his mother of when she graduated LaGuardia in the 80s. Now holding a 3.7 GPA, participating with the Honors Student Advisory Committee, College Assistant to Georgina Taraskewich of the Marketing and Communications department, and recipient of the Kaplan Scholarship, Kyle is committed to making the most of his time here at LaGuardia.
With reassurance in his voice, Kyle states that he plans to attend Brown University for their riveting History program and aspires to become a History professor because he loves its leaders. Reminded of Jodi Picoult, who said “History isn't about dates and places and wars. It's about the people who fill the spaces between them”, there is no doubt that Kyle will do great things.