Patch caught up last month with student Maria Rodriguez, 14, a rising sophomore at the school. The Glen Burnie resident is part of the school's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
Patch stopped her to ask .
Glen Burnie Patch: What do you like about going to North County?
Maria Rodriguez: All of my friends go here. And I got a really nice impression before we came to all of the orientations. Everyone was really nice. Everyone was really supportive. The teachers are amazing. They teach really well and they help you out whenever you need it. Also, it's a really fun environment. It's really safe here at North County. And you do a lot of assemblies, which inform you about a lot of things. And the pep rallies are really fun. They have a lot of extracurricular activities so we're never bored. So, like, if you don't want to do something you can do something else.
Patch: Why did you choose to take part in the STEM program?
Maria: Last year I moved to Maryland from Puerto Rico and they looked at my grades and saw straight As, and they were like, "Wow, you could be in the STEM program." When they asked me what kind of career I wanted to do, I said I wanted to do chemical engineering.
Patch: What do you want to do after high school? Do you know where you'd like to attend college?
Maria: I was hoping I could go into safety because chemical engineering has a lot of branches. And I always do research on chemical engineering. I can pretty much advertise about it as much as I can. That career is so fascinating to read about. And both of my parents are chemical engineers.
Patch: What extracurricular activities or sports are you involved in?
Maria: I do Spanish Honor Society. And Don't Hate Collaborate—it's really fun. We talk about our feelings and it's kind of a good way to get it all out. It's an anti-bullying club. I'm also in TSA, which is the Technology Science Association.
Patch: What do you do in your free time?
Maria: I go to the movies. I go to the mall with my friends. Sometimes we play badminton.