The National Center for Women & Information Technology in the El Paso region has recognized Eastlake High School students in the School of Advanced Technology Applications for their computing achievements and academic performance.
Evelyn Alvarez, Hyacinth Diaz, Jennifer Chavez, and Nicole Trevino are four of 25 winners in El Paso and 3,015 young women nationwide to earn the NCWIT Aspirations Award. The students were recognized at a special ceremony April 20 at the University of Texas at El Paso.
“I am very proud of my students for their continued accomplishments,” said Matthew Coles, a computer science instructor at Eastlake. “This award in particular holds great significance to me because it raises up the young women in my class who are often some of my best coders. It affirms that they are where they need to be.”
As recipients of the NCWIT award, the four girls will become official members of the Aspirations community where they have access to scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities. In addition, they will intern with the Computer Science Department at UTEP during the summer.
“This award opens up opportunities for our girls to expand their reach,” said Sheila Robles, SATA coordinator. “Working on a project through UTEP puts our students on the map as dedicated computer scientists. When they graduate, they will have worked on a major project with an institution of higher learning and they can put this on their resumes.”
The four sophomores said they are excited to start their professional endeavors early as it will lead to future success.
“I feel really accomplished to have won the NCWIT award,” Alvarez said. “To intern with the Computer Science Department at UTEP means I will get to meet new people and learn more about computer science.”
In two years, SATA students and teachers have earned 15 NCWIT recognitions, 12 earned this year. Aside from the four winners, seven others won Honorable Mentions. Coles also won the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. All winners received an engraved plaque for themselves and for their school.