BANK OF AMERICA AND NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RECOGNIZE 32 HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN FOR COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY ACHIEVEMENTS

March 26, 2010

As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America will recognize 32 high school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The young women are winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Each winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, an engraved award for both the student and her school and a trip with a parent or legal guardian to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony.

 

In prepared remarks for the ceremony, Cathy Bessant, Bank of America Global Technology & Operations executive, states, “One of the ways we can make sure women are better represented in information technology in the years ahead is to continue to partner with NCWIT to provide more opportunities like this program. We are counting on these young women in technology to change the face of IT wherever they may go.”

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.

 

The 32 young women chosen as national winners of the 2010 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing were selected from an outstanding pool of 700 applicants, representing 49 of 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; the 32 winners attend private, public and home-school institutions, and hail from big cities, suburban communities, and rural America.

 

“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. “Bank of America’s support for this award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

Following are the 2010 winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:

 


Alexa Adams

 

James C. Enoch High School

 

Modesto

 

CA

Divya Arcot

 

Monarch High School

 

Louisville

 

CO

Allison Arnold-Roksandich

 

Texas Academy of Math And Science

 

Denton

 

TX

Louisa Avellar

 

Alamo Heights High School

 

San Antonio

 

TX

Alyssa Banks

 

Bergen County Academies

 

Hackensack

 

NJ

Monica Chen

 

Harvard-Westlake High School

 

Studio City

 

CA

Jane Cotler

 

Stuyvesant High School

 

New York

 

NY

Celina De Leon

 

Ray High School

 

Corpus Christi

 

TX

Migela Evans

 

David W. Butler High School

 

Matthews

 

NC

Tesca Fitzgerald

 

Allprep Early College Academy

 

Clackamas

 

OR

Katharyn Garcia

 

Carl Hayden High School

 

Phoenix

 

AZ

Marissa Goldberg

 

Home-schooled

 

Saint Cloud

 

FL

Amber Gullatte

 

Captain John L. Chapin High School

 

El Paso

 

TX

Lucerito Gutierrez

 

Southwest Senior High School

 

San Diego

 

CA

Marissa Halpert

 

Deep Run High School

 

Glen Allen

 

VA

Bianca Homberg

 

Westborough High School

 

Westborough

 

MA

Jasmin Johnson

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

 

Baltimore

 

MD

Brianna Jordan

 

Wheeler High School

 

Marietta

 

GA

Stephanie Klimczak

 

Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School

 

St. Louis

 

MO

Bethany LaPenta

 

Columbus Academy

 

Gahanna

 

OH

Anna Molosky

 

Sammamish Senior High School

 

Bellevue

 

WA

Alexandra Olivares

 

Dubuque Senior High School

 

Dubuque

 

IA

Ciara Proctor

 

Northside College Preparatory High School

 

Chicago

 

IL

Katelyn Schirado

 

Glen Ullin High School

 

Glen Ullin

 

ND

Natasha Sheybani

 

Appomattox Regional Governor's School

 

Petersburg

 

VA

Ada Taylor

 

Durham Academy

 

Durham

 

NC

Marisol Vazquez

 

Eastwood Academy

 

Houston

 

TX

Jinzhao Wang

 

Boston Latin

 

Boston

 

MA

Sherry Wu

 

Vocational & Technology High School - Hackensack

 

Hackensack

 

NJ

Vivian Yang

 

Clements High School

 

Sugar Land

 

TX

Ling Yeung

 

Torrey Pines High School

 

Encinitas

 

CA

Jenny Zhang

 

California Academy Of Mathematics & Science

 

Carson

 

CA

 

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About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of more than 200 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. NCWIT partners include AT&T, Avaya, Auburn University, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carnegie Mellon University, Cisco, Credit Suisse, EMC, Georgia Tech, Google, HP, Intel, Medco, Microsoft, MIT, Motorola, National Science Foundation, Pfizer, Purdue University, Qualcomm, State Street, University of Colorado. Walmart, and Zynga. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.