In Newark, N.J., a city riddled with poverty and crime, one individual has fought to keep his dreams alive. Stanley W. Guthrie III, currently a senior at Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark, has been accepted to the world famous Johns Hopkins University to begin his studies toward becoming a neurosurgeon.

Getting accepted into John Hopkins University isn’t an easy feat. In fall 2010, 18,459 people applied, only 3,799 were admitted, and out of that 1,241 people enrolled. And Guthrie will be among the school’s meager Black population of 5 percent. Despite the challenges, however, Guthrie is confident he will thrive.

“My greatest academic strength is my determination and ability to always learn new things, and even find new ways of doing things I already know,” he said in a statement.

“I know that I will always be able face my academic and intellectual challenges head on and I am ready to face whatever obstacles are tossed in my path.”

Stanley has and still does many extra-curricular activities for the school, including serving as the school newspaper’s staff writer, copy editor, opinion editor, online edition editor and senior editor. But his busy social life did not impede his academic success. During his junior year, Stanley graduated with honors from the Pre-Medical Honors Program for high school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Stanley is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). In May of 2010, Stanley was inducted into the Quill and Scroll Society, an international high school journalism society that recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in journalism.

Stanley will enroll in John Hopkins University in the fall of 2011. He says he plans to be an example to other youths in his community.

“Once I become a neurologist, I want to give back to my community so other underprivileged kids can do something special with their lives and overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths,” he said.