On the nights when David Boone had no where else to go, the high school senior slept on a bench at a local baseball park.
Now, through perseverence and hard work, the homeless student has won a full scholarship to Harvard:
There wasn't much the then-15-year-old could do about the hookers or drug deals around him when he slept in Artha Woods Park. And the spectator's bench at the park's baseball diamond wasn't much of a bed.
But the aspiring engineer, now 18 and headed to Harvard University in the fall, had no regular home. Though friends, relatives and school employees often put him up, there were nights when David had no place to go, other than the park off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
So he says he made the best of those nights on the wooden bench.
His book bag became his pillow, stuffed with textbooks first -- for height, he says -- and papers on top for padding. [...]
"I'd do my homework in a rapid station, usually Tower City since they have heat, and I'd stay wherever I could find," he said.