Sebastian Bruno Heads to Yale

Olympic Heights HS Student-Athlete Survived Haiti Earthquake, Now He's Heading to Yale
Posted on 06/29/2018

Olympic Heights Community High School senior Sebastian Bruno is going to Yale. His mother, the mother with whom he speaks weekly, but last saw three years ago, was proud but didn't realize how proud until she Googled the university. Now she's over the moon.

Not bad for a boy who left his home and his parents in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and arrived by military transport in Palm Beach County at the age of 9, not knowing a word of English and with a 6-year-old autistic brother in tow.

Now he's going to one of the nation's most prestigious universities to play football on a full scholarship.

Not bad for a boy who wanted nothing to do with coming to the United States, though his mother had prepared for his departure from his first breath.

"I didn't want to go," he said. "Not without her."

Eight years later, he's adjusted. By everyone else's accounts, the Olympic Heights senior who will cross the stage at graduation this afternoon has thrived, his 3.95 weighted GPA shining as proof.