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As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America will recognize 32 high school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The young women are winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Each winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, an engraved award for both the student and her school and a trip with a parent or legal guardian to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony.

In prepared remarks for the ceremony, Cathy Bessant, Bank of America Global Technology & Operations executive, states, “One of the ways we can make sure women are better represented in information technology in the years ahead is to continue to partner with NCWIT to provide more opportunities like this program. We are counting on these young women in technology to change the face of IT wherever they may go.”

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

The 32 young women chosen as national winners of the 2010 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing were selected from an outstanding pool of 700 applicants, representing 49 of 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; the 32 winners attend private, public and home-school institutions, and hail from big cities, suburban communities, and rural America.

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “Bank of America’s support for this award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

Following are the 2010 winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:

Alexa Adams

 

James C. Enoch High School

 

Modesto

 

CA

Divya Arcot

Monarch High School

Louisville

CO

Allison Arnold-Roksandich

Texas Academy of Math And Science

Denton

TX

Louisa Avellar

Alamo Heights High School

San Antonio

TX

Alyssa Banks

Bergen County Academies

Hackensack

NJ

Monica Chen

Harvard-Westlake High School

Studio City

CA

Jane Cotler

Stuyvesant High School

New York

NY

Celina De Leon

Ray High School

Corpus Christi

TX

Migela Evans

David W. Butler High School

Matthews

NC

Tesca Fitzgerald

Allprep Early College Academy

Clackamas

OR

Katharyn Garcia

Carl Hayden High School

Phoenix

AZ

Marissa Goldberg

Home-schooled

Saint Cloud

FL

Amber Gullatte

Captain John L. Chapin High School

El Paso

TX

Lucerito Gutierrez

Southwest Senior High School

San Diego

CA

Marissa Halpert

Deep Run High School

Glen Allen

VA

Bianca Homberg

Westborough High School

Westborough

MA

Jasmin Johnson

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Baltimore

MD

Brianna Jordan

Wheeler High School

Marietta

GA

Stephanie Klimczak

Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School

St. Louis

MO

Bethany LaPenta

Columbus Academy

Gahanna

OH

Anna Molosky

Sammamish Senior High School

Bellevue

WA

Alexandra Olivares

Dubuque Senior High School

Dubuque

IA

Ciara Proctor

Northside College Preparatory High School

Chicago

IL

Katelyn Schirado

Glen Ullin High School

Glen Ullin

ND

Natasha Sheybani

Appomattox Regional Governor's School

Petersburg

VA

Ada Taylor

Durham Academy

Durham

NC

Marisol Vazquez

Eastwood Academy

Houston

TX

Jinzhao Wang

Boston Latin

Boston

MA

Sherry Wu

Vocational & Technology High School - Hackensack

Hackensack

NJ

Vivian Yang

Clements High School

Sugar Land

TX

Ling Yeung

Torrey Pines High School

Encinitas

CA

Jenny Zhang

California Academy Of Mathematics & Science

Carson

CA

About Bank of America

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About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of more than 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. NCWIT partners include Apple, AT&T, Avaya, Auburn University, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carnegie Mellon University, Cisco, Credit Suisse, EMC, Georgia Tech, Google, HP, Intel, Medco, Microsoft, MIT, Motorola, National Science Foundation, Pfizer, Purdue University, Qualcomm, State Street, University of Colorado. Walmart, and Zynga. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

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