North Point se­lec­tion process is level play­ing field

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I’m a fel­low stu­dent at North Point High School, who is a part of a STI Pro­gram and is ac­tive in sports. I’m writ­ing a re­sponse let­ter to “A Loss for Charles County” let­ter that was pub­lished Fri­day, March 25, in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. This let­ter that I’m re­fer­ring to dis­plays in­ap­pro­pri­ate and bi­ased opin­ions that at­tack the NPHS com­mu­nity as a whole, es­pe­cially the athletics depart­ment.

By pub­lish­ing this let­ter, you have al­lowed other schools to feel as if they are in­fe­rior to NPHS. Not only that, you have also al­lowed a let­ter to dis­crim­i­nate our school be­cause of our hard work and ac­com­plish­ments.

The let­ter that TT Thomas wrote, really draws its at­ten­tion towards the state­ment about North Point be­ing a “super school” be­cause of the re­cruit­ing of stu­dents from other schools due to their ath­letic skills. To tell you the truth, North Point does not per­son­ally pick and choose who at­tends here. The process is all done by a fair num­ber sys­tem that se­lects the stu­dents from all over the state, mean­ing that any­one and ev­ery­one who ap­plies here has a fair chance at at­tend­ing their aca­demics here.

Adding on to that, NPHS does not re­cruit nor steal ath­letic stu­dents from other schools. They are all cho­sen through the num­ber sys­tem just like any other stu­dent who ap­plies, and not to men­tion that the num­ber sys­tem can­not pre­dict stu­dent ath­letic skills in near the fu­ture. Our train­ing in our athletics depart­ment pushes us to do our best so that we can be the best. So that means we do not choose and re­cruit our stu­dent ath­letes, but we sim­ply make them and push them to work hard and make ac­com­plish­ments. Fur­ther­more, TT Thomas had also stated in his let­ter that NPHS, be­ing a 4A school, should not com­pete with the other 1A and 2A schools in Charles County. If that were the case then the say­ing “quan­tity does not equal qual­ity” should be writ­ten all over North Point’s prop­erty to rep­re­sent our 4A athletics depart­ment.

I ap­pre­ci­ate stay­ing up to date with the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent and I un­der­stand the idea of putting other peo­ple’s per­spec­tives in the pa­per, but when a let­ter like the one I’m re­fer­ring to now is pub­lished, it should not be in the pa­per if it dis­plays bi­ased and dis­crim­i­na­tory opin­ions against an­other school.

Anyca Carter, Wal­dorf The writer is a stu­dent at North Point High School.

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