Patch caught up last month with North County High School student Ben Seto, 17, a rising senior at the school. The Pasadena resident is part of the school's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
Patch stopped him to ask Five Questions.
Patch: What school would you attend if you weren't in the STEM program? What do you like about going to North County?
Ben Seto: I would go to Chesapeake. North County has a lot of diversity, especially in the STEM program because it attracts people from all over the area. Just seeing a bunch of different people that I never met before—it was all new to me when I came to North County. Most of the people I knew went to Chesapeake. So coming here introduced me to a lot of new things.
Patch: What extracurricular activities or sports are you involved in?
Ben: For sports I play soccer in the fall, I do indoor track in the winter and spring track. In school I do Key Club also, and I'm in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. And I also do FBLA, which is the Future Business Leaders of America and Environmental Club.
Patch: What do you want to do after high school? Do you know where you'd like to attend college?
Ben: I want to go to college. I'm still undecided in my major, but I'm leaning toward engineering, mathematics or maybe computer science. I'm not sure where I want to go to school, but I think I want to go away.
Patch: What do you do in your free time?
Ben: School keeps me really busy, but when I have time I usually spend it playing soccer. I play in a rec league. If I have time it's usually some physical sport. I like to go outside and do things.
Patch: Why did you choose to take part in the STEM program?
Ben: The STEM program presented an opportunity for me in science and technology. My brother, he's older, and he goes to Chesapeake. So I knew already what that experience was going to be like. Then we saw the STEM program pop up and it seemed to be a good idea to make myself look better and to get a better education in science and math.