Connecticut

 

Congratulations to all of the 2020 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners! 

2020 Connecticut Program Booklet

We are extremely proud that 100 Connecticut high school women have been recognized with the following awards:

Alexis Axon                                                  New Canaan High School

Gianna Guzzo                                              Academy of Aerospace & Engineering

Khloe Hill                                                      Rackley Homeschool of the Arts & Sciences

Cella Kove                                                    New Canaan High School

Jemma Siegel                                              Greens Farm Academy

Sophia Wang                                                Amity Regional High School

Felicia Wang                                                The Taft School

 

Emma Alcyone                                              Staples High School

Vasundhara Bagchi                                       Wilton High School

Makiydah Berry                                             Pathways Academy of Tech & Design

Priya Bhat                                                      Un. High School of Science & Engineering

Mantra Burugu                                               Farmington High School

Sheza Chaudhry                                            East Granby High School

Anusha Chegu                                               Wilton High School

Sanmati Choudhary                                       Farmington High School   

Tara Chugh                                                    New Canaan High School

Claudia Clark                                                 Miss Porter's School

Jacqueline Egidio                                           Mercy High School

Rebeccah Fleischmann                                 Conard High School

Gabriella Foster                                             Hall High School

Cheyenne Fuoco                                          Middletown High School

Dheepa Hari                                                  Avon High School

Jaya Hari                                                       Avon High School

Lola Kovalski                                                Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Jade Krukar                                                   Amity Regional High School

Mairead Lacey                                               Ridgefield High School

Sriya Lanka                                                   Farmington High School

Qifei Min                                                        Westminster School

Meghana Paruchuri                                       Farmington High School

Emily Paul                                                     Avon High School

Sydney Pittignano                                        Greenwich Academy

Dilawaiz Rao                                                Mercy High School

Karla Ravin                                                   Stamford High School

Allison Rozear                                              Sacred Heart Academy

Kali Ryder                                                     The Hotchkiss School

Gauri Sarin                                                    Farmington High School

Aria Shepard                                                 Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Samantha Stone                                           Stone Academy

Abby Tonkinson                                            Conard High School

Ishita Unde                                                    Farmington High School

Olga Veselova                                                Newington High School

Nicole Wang                                                   Southington High School

Madeline Zackeo                                             Simsbury High School

 

Betul Agirman                                                  Southington High School

Harshita Akella                                                Wilbur Cross High School

Ethel Chen                                                       Conard High School

Evani Dalal                                                      Trumbull High School

Carol Ding                                                       Farmington High School

Jaclyn Faggio                                                  Sacred Heart Academy

Rosalie Hsu                                                     Fairfield Warde High School

Ashley Jacob                                                   Shelton High School

Elena Joseph                                                  Newington High School

Caroline Klein                                                 South Windsor High School

Evdokia Kottou                                                Farmington High School

Aswathy Kurup                                                University HS of Science & Engineering

Claire Lee                                                        Staples High School

Emily Moore                                                     New Canaan High School

Charlotte Morin                                               Waterford High School

Erin Mutchek                                                    South Windsor High School

Nila Narayan                                                     Danbury High School

Siri Nellutla                                                       The Hotchkiss School

Helen Nguyen                                                   Conard High School

Aaliyah Norton                                                 Conard High School

Katie O'Leary                                                     Conard High School

Nisha Patange                                                   Farmington High School

Ananya Patil                                                      Farmington High School

Alisha Paul                                                        Southington High School

Iman Rafik                                                         Farmington High School

Hayden Saunders                                             Lyme - Old Lyme High School

Haley Sroka                                                       Portland High School

Mollie Stoffel                                                    New Fairfield High School

Bronwyn Walsh                                                Wilton High School

Madeleine Willett                                            Ellington High School

 

Ria Dalvi                                                   Shelton High School

Linh Ha                                                     Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Erin Hogan                                                Farmington High School

Gillian Lamphere                                       Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Abbie Mathew                                            South Windsor High School

Leslie Melendez                                         Grasso Southeastern Technical High School

Thaomy Phung                                           Farmington High School

Ekaterina Vasilyeva                                    Farmington High School

 

Emily Arriaga                                            Emmett O’Brien Technical High School

Kiara Azarigian                                         Farmington High School

Mary Capone                                            Conard High School

Meghai Choudhury                                   Fairfield Warde High School

Andrea Elmeer                                          Mercy High School

Sydney Fournier                                        South Windsor High School

Alexandra Hudson                                     Conard High School

Julianna Milidantri                                      Sacred Heart Academy

Sophie Mitchell                                           New Fairfield High School

Julia Nowak                                                Farmington High School

Pearl Ohri                                                   Bethel High School

Jamie Pan                                                   Ridgefield High School

Juthika Rasul                                      IT & Software Engineering HS- Fairchild Wheeler

Lauren Simonian                                        Farmington High School

Allison Teklits                                             New Fairfield High School

Hannah Varney                                          Newington High School

Disha Verma                                              South Windsor High School

Abigail Weiner                                            South Windsor High School

Lauren Young                                             Trinity Catholic High School

 

In addition, we are honored that 3 collegiate women have been recognized as follows:

  • 1 National Winner

Tiffanie Edwards                                               Southern Connecticut State University

 

  • 2 National Finalists

Annie Gao                                                         Yale University

Jennifer Rojas                                                   Connecticut College

 

We are also pleased to recognize 3 educators with the Aspirations in Computing Award:

  • Connecticut Winners

Michelle Bellinger                                             Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

Christopher Kerr                                               Newington High School

 

  • Connecticut Honorable Mention

Buff Bachenheimer                                          Mercy High School

 

It is with great disappointment that due to protocols in Connecticut and across the nation in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the in-person Aspirations in Computing Awards Celebration Reception recognizing these impressive women could not be held in 2020. The Connecticut Affiliate of the National Center for Women and Information Technology is taking this action out of an abundance of caution for you, your families and members of our communities.  To prevent further spread of this virus, we urge all to practice social distancing until such time as health professionals indicate it is safe to congregate again.

The NCWIT Connecticut Affiliate Team

The Aspirations in Computing Connecticut Affiliate empowers young people in Connecticut who self-identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary to pursue their dreams of effecting change by harnessing the power of computing and technology.  In doing so, we are helping grow a larger, more resilient, and more diverse pool of technical talent in the State. An affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), we advance the NCWIT mission of increasing the meaningful participation of populations currently underrepresented in computing and technology through the Connecticut Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program.

Through AiC, we implement three initiatives to inspire, encourage, and advance young people at pivotal stages of their educational and professional development:

  • AspireIT — sparks early interest in computing by supporting K-12 computational-education programs 
  • Aspirations in Computing Awards — recognize and celebrate high school and collegiate students’ technical aspirations and abilities and the educators who support them, at both the national and local levels
  • Aspirations in Computing Community — creates a sense of belonging and endless networking and leadership development opportunities for girls, women, and other-gendered students

 

How you can help: Please consider if you or an organization you represent can help in any of the following ways:

  • Spreading the word about AiC to communities and schools throughout Connecticut, encouraging more applications, and broadcasting our successes.
  • Rating applications and selecting winners for the Connecticut AiC Awards.
  • Planning the 2021 AiC Award Ceremony
  • Providing in-kind donations (e.g. printing services) or SWAG for the Ceremony. 
  • Hosting or facilitating K-12 educational programs (e.g., coding workshop, tour).
  • Offering job shadowing and internship experiences.
  • Becoming a financial sponsor.

 

For more information, please contact any of the Connecticut Affiliate teammates:

Seanice Austin                                    seanice.austin@uconn.edu

Tricia Cannizzaro                                tricia.cannizzaro@uconn.edu

Kathy Hendrickson                             kathy.hendrickson@uconn.edu

Darwin Kovacs                                    darwin.kovacs@aol.com

Winnie Yu                                           yuw1@southernct.edu