Female High School Students Earn Awards for Aspirations in Computing

On Feb. 8, Park University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City co-hosted an awards ceremony in Kansas City, Mo., for 15 Missouri and Kansas female high school students for their computing achievements and interests.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology presented the Award for Aspirations in Computing to these students in recognition of their work to strengthen the technology workforce and cultivate innovation by increasing the participation of women in information technology. The award was presented to the following: • Soorya Balachandran, senior, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kan. • Rachel Bisch, senior, Kirkwood (Mo.) High School • Samantha Botros, sophomore, Wichita, Kan. (home schooled) • Logan Brown, junior, Lawrence (Kan.) Free State High School • Kristen Buster, junior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo. • Heather Graham, freshman, Harrisburg, Mo. (home schooled) • Sarah Hartley, sophomore, Liberty (Mo.) High School • Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe (Kan.) South High School • Najeebah Hussain, junior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo. • Dominieke Neasham, senior, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, Maryville, Mo. • Crystal Qian, senior, Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park, Kan. • Shelby Richardson, senior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo. • Tanesha Staples, senior, Riverview Gardens High School, St. Louis, Mo. • Haohang Xu, senior, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, Mo. • Michelle Zhuang, senior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.

Each student also received an Amazon Kindle, courtesy of Cerner. The ceremony included speaker Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, an aerospace engineer with NASA. Cianciolo spoke to the students about her experience working on the landing procedure for the Mars Curiosity rover in August 2012.

For more information about the NWCIT, visit www.ncwit.org.

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