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National Council of Women in Technology Awards Announced

Seven Porter-Gaud students received top computer science honors from the National Council of Women in Technology this week.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post secondary education. NCWIT also provides award winners with a powerful network of people in all levels of business, academia, and research.

Junior Rebecca Kahn received national honorable mention honors. She was one of 350 students selected from across the country.

Computer Science program director Doug Bergman says, "Attracting females into Computer Science has been one of the foundation goals of our program since it's inception. Over the years we have seen enrollment go from 0 my first year to over 30% this year. What we find is that girls bring a valuable balance and sense of diversity to class. They ask different questions and approach problem solving differently, which allows for new types of discussions and ultimately better projects from both our males and females. Our hope is not necessarily to produce more actual Computer Scientists, but more so to produce girls who think like Computer Scientists--so they can use those tools to solve the problems in the careers and industries that they have passion for."

In addition to national awards, the organization taps students across all 50 states. This year, Porter-Gaud secured six of twelve statewide awards of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing – South Carolina. Recipients included Meg Truluck, Caroline Linkous, Riley Psenka, Lauren Tapp, Gelsey Jaymes, and Eleanor Lee (pictured below with Rebecca Kahn)

Our students will be honored in April at a reception sponsored by Columbia College.

"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 recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked."

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