North Point High School senior Michael Meade has known for quite some time that he wants to be an engineer. He loves learning about science and math, and thought he would study civil engineering once he graduated. But, Meade said it was a class he took about materials and bioengineering that sparked his desire to pursue a different type of engineering path.
“I have always done well in math and science and enjoy learning about materials and bioengineering. It is my favorite topic,” he said. Meade recently learned he received two scholarships that will help him pursue his engineering career: the 2018 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and the coveted Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship.
The honor roll student holds a 4.52 grade-point average, of which he has held steady since his freshman year. He is known as a role model, both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field and cross-country track team. As a senior, Meade is about to complete six Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He took four additional AP classes as a sophomore and junior. He also is eligible for AP credit through his advanced engineering design class.
All of the AP and engineering experience will help him in college, as he was recently accepted to NC State University’s materials science and engineering program. Meade will be the third member of his family to attend the prestigious North Carolina school. “I am the third generation in my family to go there. My Dad actually has the same degree I am going for,” Meade said.
Meade’s lacrosse coach, North Point art teacher Kevin Laskow, said he is a leader among his peers. “Michael is an extremely hard worker and an excellent leader. He is always willing to learn and accepting of constructive criticism. I will remember Michael as an athlete and someone who made everyone around him better,” Laskow said.
The Northrop Grumman Scholarship is renewable at $2,000 per year for four years. Meade is one of 24 Maryland students to receive the award this year and the only Charles County recipient. Recipients must pursue an engineering major and participate in an internship with Northrop Grumman.
As the Minds in Motion scholarship recipient, Meade receives a $1,000 one-time scholarship. He will be honored by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSA) and The Allstate Foundation in a May 31 ceremony at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
In addition to playing lacrosse and running on the cross-country track team, Meade spent three of his high school years as a wrestler during the winter sports season. He said he enjoys lacrosse the most because the sport requires teams to work together to be successful. “I picked up lacrosse when I was in the fifth grade. I like the overall team aspect of the sport and working together,” he said.
Meade also is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. He has participated in several engineering internships and hopes to spend the summer after graduation working with his dad, who works for the U.S. Navy as a contracted engineer.
Last summer, Meade was one of four North Point students who participated in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division’s (NSWC IHEODTD) Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP). As part of the program, Meade and other interns learned about explosives, warheads, actuated devices and rocket propulsion. “It was a fun time,” Meade said.
With just a few days of his senior year left, Meade hopes to secure the title of salutation for the North Point Class of 2018. He graduates with his peers on May 31.
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