Three Seniors Win Massachusetts NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
Three Tri-County RVTHS Seniors, Adriana Oliveira of Seekonk; Cara Wolfe of Attleboro; and Ashley O'Handley of Plainville, have received the Massachusetts NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Bank of America, BATEC, Microsoft, Science Club for Girls, UMass School of Computer Science and Wellesley College, recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. All three Tri-County students plan to continue their education pursuing various degrees in Computer Science.
A total of 32 award-winners were selected from high schools across Massachusetts for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Each award-winner received two engraved awards, one for the student and one for her school’s trophy case.
“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.
“Tri-County is proud that three of our students who received this prestigious award,” said Superintendent Stephen Dockray. “Tri-County continues to offer Computer Information Systems as a part of its curriculum, recognizing its value to students’ future success.”
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.