Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC).
The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology. Completed applications increased to a record 109 this year, with honorees representing a diverse pool of school districts, backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages; depicting promise for employers in a growing global market.
Two young women received top honors as national winners through the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), placing in the top 1.4 percent in the nation from over 3,500 applicants. Ashmita Sarma, a senior at Wayzata High School, and Maddie Wang, a senior at Mounds View High, are named national winners of the Fifth Annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards.