Chicago-area Student Receives Admission Offers from Over Three Dozen Colleges

Courtesy Southland College Prep Charter High School(CHICAGO) -- Chicago-area high school senior Christian Davis, 18, has a lot on his plate these days.

He'll have to decide which post-secondary school to attend this fall after more than three dozen colleges and universities, including four of the nation's ivy league institutions, sent him acceptance letters, with some offering full scholarships.

Davis has narrowed down his list to four schools: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania. He wants to study engineering, and become a neurosurgeon.

Davis will tell you the abundance of academic options is a problem worth having.

"I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go," Davis told ABC News. "I wanted to keep my options open."

His achievements did not come easy, Southland College Prep Charter High School administrative assistant Robert Lane told ABC News. Before moving outside of Chicago and attending Southland in Richton Park, about 40 minutes south of Chicago, Davis grew up on Chicago's west side with his mom and two brothers.

"He certainly has a lot of obstacles that he has had to overcome to get to this summit," Lane said. "He has had to deal with a lot to get to where he is."

Davis not only excels academically, but he also finds time to serve, and that's something school CEO and superintendent Dr. Blondean Davis, who has no relation to him, can attest to. The astute student is a member of the school's National Honor Society chapter, and volunteers at a local hospital.

"He is very modest," Dr. Davis told ABC News. "When he first came to Southland he was a very quiet young man. He was so shy...he has just blossomed."

Dr. Davis added, "The greatest thing is he has so much respect."

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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