Two New Albany High School students have been recognized for their accomplishments by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).
Senior Katherine Miller and junior Lauren Woodyard won awards for “aspirations in computing.” Miller also received the award last year.
Miller was identified as one of the top 35 young women in the nation and Woodyard was a national runnerup, one of 200 chosen from 1,200 who applied.
David Herman, technology teacher at the high school, said Miller was chosen “for her accomplishments and future plans in the area of using computing tools to enrich the lives of those around her.”
This school year, Miller formed Future Innovators of New Albany (FIONA), a New Albany Middle School club that encourages girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Miller also has been part of the New Albany High School Digital Network Assistants (DNA) program, which recruits students to rebuild district computers during the summer.
Miller will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall to study chemical and biomolecular engineering. She was recognized by NCWIT last year with an award for “Aspirations in Computing.” She was one of 10 Ohio girls to receive that award, which honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.
Herman speaks highly of Miller and her accomplishments.
“Kate came to the high school ready to accomplish extraordinary things,” he said.
Woodyard also participated in the DNA program and is involved in several technology programs at the high school. She took the school’s robotics course last year and worked with classmates to program robots for a high school theater production, something she later saw happening on the college level.
“My biggest accomplishment was in the ‘robot theater,’” Woodyard said. “It was really cool and isn’t done anywhere else.”
Herman said Woodyard was the first student in the robotics class to get her robot to complete a forward roll.
Woodyard said she is interested in becoming an engineer.
The NCWIT is a nonprofit group formed in 2004 that includes more than 250 corporations, academic institutions and government agencies working to increase the participation of girls and women in the fields of computer science and information technology, according to the organization’s website.