Several Colorado Academy Upper School girls received awards for their achievements in Computer Science from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which honors select high school girls each year.  This year’s Colorado awards were held on April 23 at the University of Colorado.

Senior Jacqueline Patel received an Honorable Mention National Award, as well as a Colorado Award. Seniors Grace Dorgan and Hidai Olivas also received the Colorado Award. Junior Lauren Fossel received an Honorable Mention Colorado Award.

Says Patel: “I was amazed at what the other award winners had accomplished. Being surrounded by young, successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and computer scientists was inspiring. A panel of professional women working in technology spoke to us about the problems that girls in STEM face today. Their answers and advice reinforced a sense of confidence for me and hopefully for my peers.”

NCWIT is a nonprofit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

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