COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN RECOGNIZED WITH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

March 3, 2011

As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and  the University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines, and the Colorado Coalition for Gender & IT will recognize 26 Colorado high-school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.

The young women are Colorado Affiliate winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school women for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. An award celebration that includes Colorado companies, universities, high schools, the winners and their families, and other community members will take place at the University of Colorado Boulder on Saturday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the University Memorial Center.

[Meet the award-winners: download the PDF program]

“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.”

Each winner will receive a Flip video camera (provided by Google) along with other prizes. Two Colorado teachers, Jerry Esparza of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver and Denise Gardiner of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, also will be recognized with the NCWIT Educator Award for Aspirations in Computing, in honor of their support and encouragement for young women’s interest in computing and information technology.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a national competition with regional affiliates, 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. The award is sponsored at the national level by Bank of America, and at the regional affiliate level by Microsoft, Google, and Motorola.

“We are proud to be honoring an outstanding group of young women with this award,” said Ken Anderson, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. “These winners excel in all areas of computing, from programming, website design, and robotics to 3D graphics and writing about technology. It is important to foster interest in computing by young women to help achieve a national goal (set by the National Science Foundation) in broadening participation in computing and technology.”

Following are the 26 Colorado Affiliate winners of the 2011 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:

Jennifer Anderson, Fairview High School, Boulder

Kelsea Anderson, Pagosa Springs High School, Pagosa Springs

Taylor Andrews, Monarch High School, Louisville

Madison Bennett, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver

Nicole Blake, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver

Sara Boatman, Colorado Virtual Academy, Northglen

Erinn Cash, Prairie View High School, Henderson

Shivani Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch

Danica Cox, Swink Jr.-Sr. High School, Swink

Molly Echave, Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction

Nicole Fry, Windsor High School, Windsor

Sabrina Garcia, Antonito High School, Antonito

Ellyn Green, Heritage High School, Littleton

Alyssa Hamlet, Chaparral High School, Parker

Kristen Kagiyama, Green Mountain High School, Lakewood

Hannah Klamerus, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs

Elizabeth Mahon, Poudre High School, Fort Collins

Monica Mishra, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette

Mahek Modi, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch

Kristen Nelson, Overland High School, Aurora

Melodi Oliver, Skyline High School, Longmont

Tanya Petach, Fairview High School, Boulder

Tanya Schulz, Skyline High School, Longmont

Hannah Thomas, Central High School, Grand Junction

Jannine Vela, Frederick High School, Frederick

Hannah Weidman, Centaurus High School, Lafayette

[Meet the award-winners: download the PDF program]

 

About the Colorado Affiliate of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The Colorado Affiliate of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is led by Professor Ken Anderson of the University of Colorado; Cyndi Rader, senior lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines; and Mary Ann Roe, Co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender & IT. The 2011awards ceremony is made possible by generous donations from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of the Colorado School of Mines.

About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of 250 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to increase women's participation in IT and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers; provides statistics, research, and best practices; and serves as a national voice of awareness and advocacy for the increased participation of girls and women in IT and computing. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.