Los Angeles, CA -- Seven female students from Foshay Learning Centeredwere honored for their achievements in technology when the Southern California regional affiliate for the National Center for Women & Information Technology hosted its annual Aspirations in Computing awards ceremony at University of California, Irvine.
The Southern California NCWIT group honored 52 awardees, including seven Foshay Tech Academy students.
Each finalist received two awards, one for home and another for display at school. Recognition was also given to the two students who were honored last month by the national NCWIT group, including Los Angeles Unified's lone winner, Ana Hernandez, and the national semifinalists, including three from Foshay Learning Center.
NCWIT is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women's participation in computing and technology.
Recipients for the Aspirations in Computing award are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
Ana Hernandez, a senior in the Foshay Tech Academy and Captain of the winning Robotics Team is one of 35 young women nationally to be recognized by the National Center for Women and IT.
In addition to recognizing females which are under-represented in computer science, the Foshay winners are also Hispanic or African American which are also two under-represented groups in Computer Science. The other Foshay students recognized are:
Ana Hernandez, National Winner, Southern California Winner
Carolina Menjivar, National Runner-Up, Southern California Winner
Jessenia Trinidad, Southern California Winner
Amber Johnston national runner-up and Southern California Winner
Sydney Turner, national runner-up and Southern California Winner