ASMS has some extraordinary females on campus, many of which have been awarded the Gulf Coast Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC))! The NCWIT award for AiC honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Awards for AiC winners are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.
ASMS had two female winners, Cady Studdard and Marcella Todd, both seniors, and four runner ups, Abrielle Le, Callie Willett, Baylee Keevan and Julia Nelson. For these girls, this award is meant to be a constant reminder to pursue their aspirations in computer-based fields and according to Marcella Todd, it is just that.
“This award will help me in the future by encouraging me to pursue my passion with computers and technology,” says Todd.
Another female on campus who has been awarded is Computer Science instructor Deborah Gray. Gray has been awarded the Mid Gulf Coast Affiliate Award Winner of the NCWIT Educator Award for AiC. This award is given to instructors who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. Gray is inspired to encourage young women even more after receiving the award!
“I plan to continually seek ways to engage young women in our computer science classes, clubs, and competitions,” says Gray. “I want to inspire them to think computationally and creatively to solve problems; to see the relevance of computer science in all aspects of their lives; and to understand the amazing career opportunities across all industries–from software development to data science to cybersecurity and more.”
Gray’s inspirational words not only touched the young women she is helping to inspire in computing, but also Ashley Burns, Educational Outreach Specialist of the School of Computing. Burns had these kind words to award Gray.
“We recognize you for your passion and dedication to educating and promoting girls and their desire to learn and grow in the area of computing. This passion not only is shown in your outward drive to offering new opportunities to your students but from your students themselves who have applied for the award. Your dedication to your student’s growth and passions is inspiring! Congratulations again and we are so excited to have you as a part of the NCWIT AiC community.”
All of the ASMS women who were awarded will be honored at a reception and ceremony on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at the University of South Alabama.
The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.”
Learn more about the NCWIT award for AiC here: www.ncwit.org