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National Aspirations in Computing

New Albany senior Koranteng earns technology award

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

New Albany High School senior Ama Koranteng is one of 35 female high school students in the nation and one of two in Ohio to be recognized with the 2014 National Aspirations in Computing award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

The center recognized the students in December for their outstanding aptitude in computing and technology, according to the center's website. Koranteng was selected from more than 2,300 applicants from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and overseas United States military bases, the website said.

Award-winners receive $500, a laptop computer and two plaques, one for her and one to be displayed in her school, the website said.

New Albany High School already has two trophies: one for Katherine Miller, who won in 2012, and one for Lauryn Woodyard, who won in 2013, said David Herman, Cisco adviser for the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools and a former New Albany High School computer-science teacher.

New Albany High School also had two runners-up for the award: seniors Ashmi Patel and Harrine Ramesh.

Koranteng, 17, was recognized earlier this year as a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist.

She, Patel and Ramesh operate FIONA, Future Innovators of New Albany, a club for girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math classes formed in 2012 by Miller.

The club now includes middle school girls and received $5,000 earlier this year from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Koranteng is expected to be recognized for the award at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony, to be held March 15 in Charlotte, N.C.

All three girls will be recognized for the achievement in April in Ohio.