Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley likes to brag about the No. 1 rating his state's schools have gotten from Education Week for five years in a row.
He also likes to brag about the accomplishments of children educated in them.
So, in his State of the State address on Wednesday, O'Malley put the spotlight on one very special student.
The governor introduced the North County High School student as an inventor, an entrepreneur and a very persistent young man who approached 199 colleges and universities before one finally granted him space to work on a project.