Students Earn Awards for Aspirations in Computing

Students Earn Awards for Aspirations in Computing
Posted on 02/10/2021
Portrait of Olivia Chrisman

Female High School Students Earn Awards for Aspirations in Computing

 

Kansas City, Mo. - February 8, 2021 - As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will recognize 37 high school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology at a virtual award on April 17, 2021.

Thirteen young women are winners of the NCWIT Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high-school women for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Each winner will receive a glass trophy and swag items provided by NCWIT.  Twenty-one Honorable Mentions for the award will receive a glass trophy and swag items. Three young women will be recognized as Rising Stars. And one Affiliate winner will also be recognized as a National Honorable Mention recipient.

 

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.  “This award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

 

Following are the 2021 Winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate:

 

·       Aliya Allen, Ruskin High School, Kansas City, MO

·       Lindsey Chiu, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, KS

·       Bethany Danley, Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

·       Katie Dustin, Lee's Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

·       Sarai Hunley, Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO

·       Hannah Poe, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, KS

·       Bailey Reich, Grain Valley High School, Grain Valley, MO

·       Candy Sarres, North Kansas City High School, North Kansas City, MO

·       Carlie Scheer, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS

·       Alana Schmalzried-Lugo, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS

·       Zoey Sears, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

·       Akasha Snow, Staley High School, Kansas City, MO

·       Elaina Young, Holden High School, Holden, MO

 

The 2021 Honorable Mention recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate who will be honored are:

•       Eleanor Ammerman, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

•       Kyaira Boughton, Lee's Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

•       Olivia Chrisman, Spring Hill High School, Spring Hill, KS

•       Gabriela Coreas-Ayala, Grandview High School, Grandview, MO

•       Alivia Cummings, Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO

•       Dylan Cummings, Liberty North High School, Liberty, MO

•       Annabelle Franke, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

•       Corbin Hoppas, Andover High School, Andover, KS  

•       Brinley Hull, Homeschool, Prairie Village, KS

•       Nina Martinez-Alvarez, Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit, MO

•       Genny Miller, Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO

•       Katerin Molina, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

•       Katlyn Mullins, Staley High School, Kansas City, MO

•       Delaney Pepin, Bishop Miege High School, Roeland Park, KS

•       Desare Pittman, Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO

•       Sydney Powell, Liberty North High School, Liberty, MO

•       Sindhu Rao, Liberty North High School, Liberty, MO

•       Anastasia Reed-Comeaux, Liberty High School, Liberty, MO

•       Sabrina Schmitz, Mulvane High School, Mulvane, KS

•       Aurelia Tan, Andover High School, Andover, KS
   

•       Annalise Vogelaar, Liberty High School, Liberty, MO

 

The 2021 Rising Star recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate who will be honored are:

•       Adeline Mirosh, North Kansas City High School, North Kansas City, MO

•       M’ia Nance, Washington High School, Kansas City, KS

•       LaShona Whyte, Grandview Senior High School, Grandview, MO

The recipient of a 2021 National Honorable Mention award (one of 360 nationwide):

·       Candy Sarres, North Kansas City High School, North Kansas City, MO

 

About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of over 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

 

The 2021 NCWIT  Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing is brought to you by the following committee members:

 

Judy Mullins, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Computing and Engineering, Coordinator

Dr. Carol Spradling, Northwest Missouri State University, Award Application Committee Chair

Meilani Conley, Southwest Baptist University, Selection Committee Chair

Abbey Trotta, Firemon, Event Planning Committee Chair and numerous volunteers from academia and industry

 

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