January 17, 2012

High School Award Recognizes 35 Girls for Computing Aspirations

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America [NYSE: BAC] have announced 35 female high-school students as winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, a national award designed to increase the number of women pursuing careers in computing and technology. 

The 35 national winners were selected from among more than 1,100 applicants representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and overseas military bases. Each Award-winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, an engraved award for both her and her school, and mentoring opportunities with Bank of America employees. The young women will be honored at a Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase & Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina

“This award helps make opportunity possible for the next wave of entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Amy Brady, Bank of America executive and sponsor of the company’s Women in Technology and Operations (WIT&O) affinity group. “These young ladies represent our industry’s future, and it’s exciting to be able to contribute to their professional growth.”

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is part of an NCWIT talent development program that encourages young women to succeed in a field where they are underrepresented. The Aspirations in Computing program provides young women with visibility, community, leadership opportunities, support, research experiences, scholarships, and internships. Since 2007, the Award for Aspirations in Computing has recognized more than 700 young women; 93% of the award recipients currently in college report majoring or minoring in a science or technology field.

“Technology has an increasingly important impact on all our lives,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.  “Bank of America’s sponsorship of this award helps to ensure that the technology of the future is created by people as diverse as those who will consume it.”

Following are the 2012 national winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:

Kimberly Abrams

Pine Lake Preparatory

Mooresville, North Carolina

Diana Aragon

Nathan Hale High School

Seattle, Washington

Jaden Barney

University Scholars Program AP/PA Leadership Charter School

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stephanie Barraza

Wastonville High

Watsonville, California

Penelope Biggs

Benson Polytechnic High School

Portland, Oregon

Brooke Bosley

Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Wen Chu

Clements High School

Sugar Land, Texas

Rachel Cotterell

Spencer High School

Columbus, Georgia

Elicia Dennis

George Washington High School

Denver, Colorado

Stephanie Djidjev

La Cueva High

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brandi Duke

Spring Hill High School

Columbia, Tennessee

Nupur Garg

Monta Vista High

Cupertino, California

Katrina Hammonds

Glory to God Prep

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Helen Hastings

Thomas Jefferson High School

Alexandria, Virginia

Courtney Hee

Lake Brantley High School

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Rachel Kohler

North Crowley High School

Ft Worth, Texas

Kyla Kolb

Lakewood High School

St. Petersburg, Florida

Tiffany Le

Poolesville High

Poolesville, Maryland

Madison McCall

Arabia Mountain High School

Lithonia, Georgia

Katherine Miller

New Albany High School

New Albany, Ohio

Monica Mishra

Peak to Peak Charter School

Lafayette, Colorado

Ebone Monk

Columbus High School

Columbus, Ohio

Noor Muhyi

Las Cruces High

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Catherine Mullings

Sacred Heart Preparatory

Atherton, California

Mopewa Ogundipe

Clarksburg High

Clarksburg, Maryland

Estefania Ortiz


Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Emily Peed

Ben Davis University High School

Indianapolis, Indiana

Patricia Perozo

The University of Chicago Laboratory High School

Chicago, Illinois

Christina Quan

Newport Senior High School

Bellevue, Washington

Aardra Rajendran

The Early College at Guilford

Greensboro, North Carolina

Andrea Rivera

J M Hanks High School

El Paso, Texas

Elana Stroud

Harvard-Westlake School

North Hollywood, California

Mariko Thorbecke

Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Kamuela, Hawaii

Ala’a Tolba

Fordson High School

Dearborn, Michigan

Amy Wiegand

Riverdale High School

Portland, Oregon

About the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. Find out more at

About Bank of America

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world, serving clients through operations in more than 40 countries.