Writer lacks facts about North Point

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In the re­cent let­ter to the ed­i­tor, ti­tled “A Loss for Charles County” pub­lished Fri­day, March 25, in the Mar yland In­de­pen­dent, it was ob­vi­ous that the author was ver y bi­ased against North Point High School. While it is true that ever yone is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion, it is not ac­cept­able for a per­son to at­tack chil­dren or the sports pro­gram of a high school based on their opin­ion. Many of the things said in this let­ter are based solely on opin­ion, not fact. For ex­am­ple, in the let­ter, the author men­tioned that North Point High School re­cruits stu­dents from all over the county for their sports teams, how­ever that is false, be­cause all of the coaches have been told that re­cruit­ing play­ers will re­sult in job loss. The main point I wanted to ad­dress from this let­ter was the point the author made about North Point choos­ing (and/or re­cruit­ing) play­ers from other schools based on their ath­letic abil­ity. It is in­ac­cu­rate that North Point can choose play­ers based on their ath­letic abil­ity be­cause there is a spe­cific se­lec­tion process the school goes through in or­der to pick stu­dents for their STI pro­grams. In the se­lec­tion process, each stu­dent is as­signed a num­ber so no­body, ex­cept [North Point High Ad­mis­sions Coun­selor Jacqueline-Ann] Loux, knows the names of the stu­dent they are eval­u­at­ing. There­fore, it is im­pos­si­ble for North Point to choose spe­cific schol­ars be­cause the se­lec­tion process is only based upon aca­demic abil­ity, not ath­letic.

All of the stu­dent ath­letes at North Point High School work ver y hard in or­der to keep up their grades so they can par­tic­i­pate in sports. That be­ing the case, it is ab­surd for a per­son to at­tack ver y hard-work­ing stu­dent ath­letes just be­cause they are good at a cer­tain sport. Even though North Point High School is a very large school, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t follow the same re­cruit­ing or zon­ing laws (with the ex­cep­tion of STI pro­grams) of other schools in Charles County.

Lau­ryn Reid, Wal­dorf The writer is a stu­dent at North Point High School.

Art Cro­foot

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