The Yeckes triplets had to endure a list of hardships that few could imagine. Yet somehow they have overcome incredible odds to graduate Valley High School in Las Vegas and start college.
Haley, Kassidy, and Sierra have lived without their parents during most of their childhoods. They became homeless without the basic necessities for survival and were kept out of school until they were 8 years old.
Sierra told FOX5 Las Vegas: “When we were 3-months-old, our mother died and then our dad went to prison and we lived with our grandmother for a while.”
“She [their grandmother] did not believe in schooling, so we weren’t put into school until we were 8,” Kassidy said.
The triplets moved in with their father in Las Vegas after he got out of prison. Then he disappeared, leaving them alone for weeks at a time and left them to cook and clean for themselves.
“He started to leave us for weeks, months at a time,” Haley said. “We were left to kind of take care of ourselves.”
Finally, the girls’ house was shot up while they were home alone. They were forced to go live with their other grandparents, who were terribly neglectful. Shockingly, the hardship didn’t end there.
One of the triplets said, “We weren’t given food or clothing.”
They all worked jobs babysitting and at Alberton’s grocery store to support themselves while they tried their best to go to school. They would work until 10 or sometimes midnight and do it over again the next day.
The sisters’ oppressive circumstances put Haley, Kassidy, and Sierra way behind their classmates. At Valley High School they had attendance issues and were failing their classes. They could neither read nor write and were defensive toward teachers, counselors, and authoritative figures in general.
With some help and guidance from their community, the GEAR UP Program and mainly each other, the triplets improved their attendance and grades.
The triplets were able to maintain a 3.0 GPA while taking advanced courses and working and finished at the top of their senior class with a 4.0 GPA.
All three sisters made it to graduation with top honors and were accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Albertson’s grocery store teamed up with the FOX 5 Surprise Squad and gave them $5,000 each toward college expenses.
The Yeckes triplets are pulled aside after receiving their diplomas … and the entire school watches on as they’re given the surprise of their lives.