BY | December 22, 2017

LYNN– KIPP Academy student-athlete Olivier Pyram is dedicated in everything he sets out to accomplish. As a starting offensive/defensive lineman, Pyram was a cornerstone player on a Panthers team that won three games in its inaugural season. In the classroom, Pyram boasts a 3.5 GPA and hopes to pursue a career in nursing.

Now Pyram’s dedicated efforts are paying off. The KIPP senior will be attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky this upcoming fall with a full-tuition scholarship from The Posse Foundation. Pyram plans on studying biology while chasing a spot on the school’s Division III football team as a walk-on.

“We’re excited about it,” KIPP football coach Jim Rabbitt said. “Olivier will walk on for the team. It’s a pretty good program, they finished 9-1 last season. They have a pretty talented roster and we’re hoping he goes out there and gets some playing time. He’s athletic for his size and he has great football IQ. He has raw athletic ability that can’t be coached.”

Pyram, who’s of Haitian descent, was surprised when he found out the news that he’d be selected to receive the full-tuition scholarship. He received a phone call with the news and swiftly told his mother, Miguelle Francois.

“I didn’t know what the phone call was about,” Pyram recalled. “When they told me I had gotten the scholarship, I started to shake a little bit. The first thing I did was tell my mom.  Read more here.