Nearly Four Hundred U.S. High School Women Are Recognized for Technological Achievements

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Selects National Recipients of the 2018 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

Young women award for excellence

January 11, 2018 – NCWIT — NCWIT proudly announced the 2018 NCWIT Award for AiC national recipients, honoring nearly four hundred women in high school from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

Each year, U.S. high school women in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to receive recognition for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. This year, 41 winners and 350 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,600 amazing, talented young women.

Thanks to the generous support of NCWIT Award for AiC National Sponsor Bank of America, each of the 41 national award winners receive various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 9-11, 2018 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.



2018 National Winners

• Rebekah Agwunobi: New Haven, Connecticut, Choate Rosemary Hall
• Akshara Anand: Austin, Texas, Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA)
• Michelle Bao: Oak Ridge, North Carolina, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
• Jenay Barela: Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, Taos High School
• Maureen Botros: Wichita, Kansas, Homeschool
• Alexandria Brady-Mine: Gainesville, Florida, F. W. Buchholz High School
• Myra Cheng: San Jose, California, Lynbrook High School
• Hannah Cole: Newton, Massachusetts, Newton South High School
• Akshaya Dinesh: North Brunswick, New Jersey, North Brunswick Township High School
• Kelsey Ewing: Clovis, California, Buchanan High School
• Alexandra Forsythe: Huntington, Indiana, Eagle Tech Academy
• Summer Gautier: Mesa, Arizona, Westwood High School
• Faith Gowen: Charlotte, North Carolina, The Renaissance School of Arts and Technology at Olympic High School
• Kyla Guru: Deerfield, Illinois, Deerfield High School
• Krystal Horton: Menifee, California, Western Center Academy
• Hannah Hughes: San Antonio, Texas, Roosevelt High School
• Amaya Jimenez: Orlando, Florida, Lake Nona High School
• Moya Ly: Montgomery, Ohio, Cincinnati Country Day School
• Georgia Messinger: Los Angeles, California, Brentwood School
• Divya Nagaraj: Sugar Land, Texas, Clements High School
• Rachel Naidich: Fairfax, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
• Anushka Nair: Lake Oswego, Oregon, Lake Oswego High School
• Leah Nofsinger: Louisville, Kentucky, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
• Trisha Prabhu: Naperville, Illinois, Neuqua Valley High School
• Jothi Ramaswamy: Mohegan Lake, New York, Lakeland High School
• Gia Ramos: Gurabo, Puerto Rico, Saint John’s School
• Ruby Rios: Kansas City, Missouri, Bishop Miege High School
• Mireya Sanchez-Maes: Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mayfield High School
• Eshika Saxena: Bellevue, Washington, Interlake High School
• Anooshree Sengupta: San Jose, California, The Harker School
• Carisa Shah: New York, New York, The Dalton School
• Ariana Isabel Sokolov: Paradise Valley, Arizona, Harvard-Westlake School
• Marissa Sorkin: Buford, Georgia, Lanier High School
• Marissa Sumathipala: Ashburn, Virginia, Broad Run High School
• Veronica Tang: San Diego, California, The Bishop’s School
• Michelle Tran: Longmont, Colorado, Niwot High School
• Diana Voronin: Hillsborough, New Jersey, Hillsborough High School
• Keri Wang: Brentwood, Tennessee, Harpeth Hall School
• Gianna Williams: Wyncote, Pennsylvania, Cheltenham High School
• Anna Yue: Slidell, Louisiana, Northshore High School
• Teevyah Yuva Raju: Sacramento, California, Mira Loma High School


2018 Honorable Mentions

afe addeh
Lanham, MD
Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel
Houghton, MI
Gloria Kelley
Bar Harbor, ME
Christine Ohenzuwa
Blaine, MN
Nivedhitha Sivakumar
Belle Mead, NJ
Medha Aiyah
El Dorado Hills, CA
Grace Erixon
Omaha, NE
Soleil Kelly
Worcester, MA
Katie Orenstein
New York, NY
Zaina Siyed
Chino Hills, CA
Ayesha Ali
Astoria, NY
Itohan Ero
Gardena, CA
Allison Kench
Milton, GA
Kaya Overholtzer
Abbottstown, PA
Rebecca Skantar
Lake Worth, FL
Divya Amirtharaj
Beaverton, OR
Mackenzie Evans
South Jordan, UT
Madison Kenney
Sharpsbaurg, GA
Folasade Oyekenu
Munford, AL
Abigail Smith
Cary, NC
Amelia Andrews
Altadena, CA
Zoe Ewing
North Ogden, UT
Angelica Kessler
Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Pan
Tustin, CA
Carly Smith
Austin, TX
Marissa Angell
Provo, UT
Crista Falk
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Zoie Keys
Hot Springs, AR
Lauren Park
Portage, MI
Erin Smith
Lenexa, KS
Teishana Antoine
Snellville, GA
Taylor Fang
Logan, UT
Iris Kim
River Edge, NJ
Nitya Parthasarathy
Irvine, CA
Jessica Smith
Janesville, WI
Natalie Arandia Gutierrez
Arlington, VA
Rojeen Farkhoor
San Jose, CA
Taylor Knapp
Charlotte, NC
Katie Pascavis
Gilbert, AZ
Madeline Smith
Oklahoma City, OK
Katherine Argo
Greenville, WI
Roslyn Fero
Pittsburgh, PA
Veenadhari Kollipara
Bellevue, WA
Angela Pastore
Charlottesville, VA
Naomi Spargo
Davie, FL
Aiyana Noelle Arnobit
Honolulu, HI
Claire Fleming
Glendale, AZ
Emma Koslow
Warren, NJ
Sowmya Patapati
Mahwah, NJ
Sahana Srinivasan
Saratoga, CA
Ines Arnold
Crestview, FL
Hailey Follstad
Valrico, FL
Yashwee Kothari
Parsippany, NJ
Aashka Patel
Parsippany , NJ
Normandie Standley
Blacklick, OH
Riya Arora
Union City, CA
Pilar Forrest
Naples, FL
Kirthi Kumar
Oak Hill, VA
Avika Patel
Irvine, CA
Sierra Staunton
Kalamazoo, MI
Anna Arpaci-Dusseau
Madison, WI
McKenzie Frizzell
Ringgold, GA
Priyanka Kumar
Latham, NY
Aditi Patil
Melville, NY
Kate Straneva
Paradise Valley, AZ
Rimika Banerjee
Madison, MS
Siobhan Gannon
Hudson, MA
Abi Kunkle
Harvest, AL
Marie Pena
Apple Valley, MN
Mia Stroud
Stone Mountain, GA
YuKai Bao
West Lafayette, IN
Kriti Ganotra
Ashburn, VA
Meera Kurup
Merrimack, NH
Samhita Pendyal
Glen Allen, VA
Vandana Subramanian
Springfield, VA
Rasna Baweja
Allen, TX
Jenny Gao
Woodside, NY
Amrita Lakhanpal
Birmingham, AL
Helen Peng
Starkville, MS
Theophilia Sukianto
Meridian, ID
Vivian Beaudoin
Washington, NJ
Eryn Gautier
Bronx, NY
Jasmine Le
Huntsville, AL
Andrea Perez Molina
Dorado, PR
Shruthi Sundar
Naperville, IL
Reagan Becnel
Imperial, MO
Chloe Gehret
Wyomissing, PA
Anne Lee
Sammamish, WA
Emily Peterson
Frisco, TX
Pranshu Suri
Bryn Mawr, PA
Alexa Bell
Mount Pleasant, SC
Jackie George
Naples, FL
Jung Yeon Lee
Irvine, CA
Jen Marie Phifer
Los Lunas, NM
Sara Syed
Malvern, PA
Zoe Berg
Lakeville , MN
Sakshi Gera
Westborough, MA
Kayla Leung
East Brunwsick, NJ
Preeti Pidatala
Maple Grove, MN
Arushi Tayal
Wilmington, DE
Nicole Bernuy Herquinigo
Parker, CO
Katherine Gerot
Seaside, CA
Amy Li
Seattle, WA
Victoria Pierce
Eagan, MN
Savannah Templeton
Biloxi, MS
Jasmine Bilir
Lakewood, CO
Abigayle Gibbons
Naples, FL
Anne Li
Little Rock, AR
Hattie Pimentel
Powell, WY
Jennifer Terry
Cypress, TX
Audra Blazicko
San Antonio, TX
Anneliese Givan
West Lafayette, IN
Rena Li
Carmel, IN
Shriya Pingali
Salt Lake City, UT
Pratistha Timilsina
Fairfax, VA
Mariah Boria
Newington, CT
Meredith Givan
West Lafayette, IN
Andrea Lin
Boulder, CO
Divya Pinnaka
Memphis, TN
Mariam Tolba
Libertyville, IL
Eleanor Boyd
Wellesley, MA
Eve Glenn
Tampa, FL
Lydia Liu
San Francisco, CA
Srishti Pithadia
Trumbull, CT
Sofia Tomov
Knoxville, TN
Joanna Boyland
Milwaukee, WI
Shelly Goel
Irving, TX
Michelle Liu
Rocester, MI
Sophia Puertas
Kirkwood, MO
Deborah Torres
Portage, MI
Stephanie Bravo
Long Island City, NY
Lily Goldman
los Angeles, CA
Amaryah Lockett
Acworth, GA
Isha Puri
Chappaqua, NY
Kaylla Torres
Miami Gardens, FL
Mariah Brecheisen
Chicago, IL
Julie Gonzalez
Miramar, FL
Kiran Loewenstein
Oshkosh, WI
Michelle Qin
Santa Barbara, CA
Tracey Treat
Rosemount, MN
Terryn Brunelle
Pelham, NH
Sophia Guelfi
Naples, FL
Sharleen Loh
Placentia, CA
Kimberly Quizhpi
Sunnyside, NY
Emily Tsai
Moorestown, NJ
Anna Bruton
Huntsville, AL
Camy Guenther
Denver, CO
Tina Loos
Honolulu, HI
Maya Rajan
Atlanta, GA
Laura Tsai
Moorestown, NJ
Rebecca Button
Milford, VA
Maydi Guevara
Corona, NY
Katie Lund
Libertyville, IL
Rhea Ramaiya
Vernon Hills, IL
Audrey Tseng
Kirkland, WA
Gabrielle Campbell
Greensboro, NC
Abigail Guimond
Kalamazoo, MI
Betta Lyon-Delsordo
Missoula, MT
Amira Ramirez Gonzalez
Lakewood, CO
Lavanya Uppala
Omaha, NE
Aja Capel
Urbana, IL
Indhusri Gunda
Sugar Land, TX
Rishika Maitra
Middletown, CT
Sadie Randall
Houston, TX
Annika Urban
Pittsburgh, PA
Emma Carlson
Omaha, NE
Rachel Guo
Fremont, CA
Chirasree Mandal
Evanston, IL
Reshmi Ranjith
Stamford, CT
Deepti Vaidyanathan
Baton Rouge, LA
Anjali Chadha
Louisville, KY
Savvy Gupta
Fremont, CA
Lela Manis
Spring Hill, TN
Adithi Rao
Morrisville, NC
Yaritza Valentin
Huntsville, AL
Madeline Chairvolotti
Grand Isle, VT
Karina Halevy
Los Altos, CA
Raveena Manivannan
Portland, OR
Shreya Ravi
Jacksonville, FL
Sreya Vangara
Germantown, MD
Hope Chambers
Lawton, OK
Kelly Han
Portland, OR
Mrunali Manjrekar
San Jose, CA
Fouzia Raza
Miami Springs, FL
Anya Vinogradsky
Seattle, WA
Kaitlyn Chan
Millbrae, CA
Katherine Hann
Scottsdale, AZ
Michelle Mao
Highlands Ranch, CO
Daveishena Redhouse
Shiprock, NM
Diana Voevodsky
Cambridge, MA
Lydia Chan
Rowland Heights, CA
Grace Hansen
Eagan, MN
Kayla Marcantonio
Jupiter, FL
Leah Restad
Woodbury, MN
Tyler Walker
Tigard, OR
Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar
Flushing, NY
Meena Hari
Allen, TX
Olivia Mardak-Kennebeck
Madison, WI
Karyme Reyna
San Antonio, TX
Charlotte Wall
Santa Barbara, CA
Shrea Chari
San Diego, CA
Jacqueline He
San Jose, CA
Jenelysc Martinez Paez
Columbus, OH
Megan Richards
Orlando, FL
Jenny Wan
Mason, OH
Khushi Chaudhari
Redmond, WA
Jennifer He
Montvale, NJ
Rhea Mathew
Johns Creek, GA
Amanda Richardson
Mooresville, NC
Annie Wang
Mason, OH
Citlaly Chavez
Salt Lake City, UT
Ziying He
Baton Rouge, LA
Katja Maucec
Englewood, CO
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Converse, TX
Janet Wang
Sewickley, PA
Yaritza Chavez
Springdale, AR
Edel Healy
Phoenix, AZ
LaDawna McEnhimer
Henrico, VA
Sabrina Rucker
Apple Valley, MN
Julia Wang
St. Louis, MO
Shami Chideya
Greensboro, NC
Corinne Herbst
Longmont, CO
Elizabeth McGrath
Oakwood, OH
Anna Ruiz
Clint, TX
Anastasia Warner
Farmington, MI
Cristalle Choi
Heathrow, FL
Cinthya Hernandez
Altadena, CA
Rachel Melone
Clinton, MA
Madison Russell
Hiram, GA
Haley Welliver
Seattle, WA
Lauren Choi
Birmingham, AL
Isabel Hernandez
Portage, MI
Stephanie Meneses
Sugar Hill, GA
Raegan Rychecky
Highlands Ranch, CO
Jaden West
Paradise Valley, AZ
Sanmati Choudhary
Farmington, CT
Ruby Hernandez
Lawrenceville, GA
Charlotte Merchant
Memphis, TN
Arushi Sahai
Los Altos, CA
Triniti West
Houston, TX
Ashley Chu
Alameda, CA
Jodalys Herrera
Orlando, FL
Katie Mishra
Menlo Park, CA
Reilly Salkowski
Tucson, AZ
Nicole White
Parker, CO
Katherine Cinnamon
Manassas, VA
Holly Hilten
Ruckersville, VA
Yasmine Mitchell
Winter Park, FL
Sagarika Samavedi
Bellevue, WA
Anna Wong
Hillsborough, CA
Samantha Cobado
Portage, MI
Madeline Hinkley
Galesburg, MI
Afrah Mohasin
Sandy, UT
Michelle Sanchez
El Paso, TX
Rachel Woody
Middleton, WI
Haley Coleman
Terre Haute, IN
Karly Hou
Palo Alto, CA
Smita Mohindra
Yorktown Heights, NY
Catalina Sanchez-Maes
Las Cruces, NM
YIhan Wu
Morganville, NJ
Arianna Comes
Mesa, AZ
Danniell Hu
Ann Arbor, MI
Marilin Molina
Queens , NY
Chayanne Sandoval-Williams
Grandview, MO
Crystal Xu
Lincoln, NE
Kira Corbett
Portland, OR
Aria Huff
Madison, GA
Samina Mondal
Great Falls, VA
Utsa Santhosh
Laurel, MD
Ziya Xu
Pittsburgh, PA
Ericka Corral
Chicago, IL
Jillian Hughes
Las Cruces, NM
Lizbeth Morales
Chicago, IL
Sayli Satpute
Yorktown Heights, NY
Crystal Xue
Carmel, IN
Riya Dabbi
Oak Hill, VA
Alyssa Huntington
West Richland, WA
Letizia Moro
Boise, ID
Anushka Saxena
Lawrenceville, GA
Elaine Yang
Portland, OR
Swati Dalmia
Pewaukee, WI
Ami Iverson
Hyrum, UT
Rose Moskowitz
Orlando, FL
Lily Schueppert
Houston, TX
Mira Yang
Westfield, NJ
Nicole Danuwidjaja
Elk Grove, CA
Deepali Jain
San Diego, CA
Mary Murray
Lewis Center, OH
Keerthi Sekar
Mason, OH
Philena Yang
Snellville, GA
Taylor Dee
Herriman, UT
Lauren Jernigan
Seabrook, TX
Rishma Murugan
Sammamish, WA
Alexandra Semina
Brookfield, WI
Daryl Yap
Minneapolis, MN
Ava DeLaCruz
West Hartford, CT
Mili Jha
Alpharetta, GA
Brooke Mylander
Sherwood, OR
Uma Sethuraman
Sugar Land, TX
Rachel Ye
Bellevue, WA
Priyanka Dilip
Princeton, NJ
Chuyuan Jiang
Parkland, FL
Sneha Nagarajan
Cumming, GA
Taylor Shabani
Encino, CA
Catherine Yeo
San Jose, CA
Tiffany Dinh
Huntsvile, AL
Helena Jiang
Gainesville, FL
Prisha Nanda Kumar
Cumming, GA
Shreya Shekhar
San Jose, CA
Emily Yu
West Chester, PA
Martha Dix
Shorewood, WI
Amy Jin
San Jose, CA
Neosha Narayanan
Amherst, MA
Asia Shell
Newport News, VA
Payten Zenahlik
Cascade, MT
Kimberly Do
Plant City, FL
Mia Johansson
Santa Rosa, CA
Eesha Nayak
Austin, TX
Jocelyn Shen
Los Angeles, CA
Caroline Zeng
Maple Grove, MN
Laura Dodds
Chester Springs, PA
Jennifer John
Redwood City, CA
Victoria Nelson
Sioux City, IA
Cindy Shi
Gaithersburg, MD
Ashley Zhang
Great Falls, VA
Natalie Dodson
Portland, OR
Essence Jordan
Indianapolis, IN
Havi Nguyen
Baytown, TX
Wendy Shi
Gaithersburg, MD
Cathy Zhang
Mountain View, CA
Destiny Dong
Plano, TX
Sara Kangaslahti
Pacific Palisades, CA
Ruxandra Nicolae
Chicago, IL
Sharlene Shirali
Bellevue, WA
Jenny Zhang
Missouri City, TX
Charlotte Donnelly
Menlo Park, CA
Priyanka Kargupta
Ellicott City, MD
Tia Nielsen
Marco Island, FL
Ritika Shrivastava
San Diego, CA
Annie Zhao
Gaithersburg, MD
Katherine Du
Vienna, VA
Samika Karthik
Simi Valley, CA
Saskia van Nieuwstadt
Ann Arbor, MI
Ariella Simoni
Beverly Hills, CA
Daniela Zieba
Lexington, KY
Alexis Dyser
Kansas City, MO
Mehal Kashyap
Edison, NJ
Anna Nixon
Portland, OR
Anika Singh
Austin, TX
Alexa Zinke
Fingal, ND


View a complete list of the 2018 national winners here: view list. A complete list of 2018 honorable mentions are available here: view list.

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