Washington: Eastern Washington

The Washington State University affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is proud to host the Award for Aspirations in Computing for students in Eastern Washington. Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Local winners and honorable mentions were chosen for the 2018 competition, and the Eastern Washington Affiliate Award Ceremony and Banquet honoring them was held at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center in Pullman, Washington, on Tuesday evening, March 27th.  Our keynote speaker was Sarah Belter, a Software Development Engineer for Remix3D.com, who presented a talk entitled, "Building Software for People."  The banquet was catered by South Fork's catering service, Fork in the Road.

Trophies and bags of great swag were presented to our winners and honorable mention awardees.  This year they were:

  • Alyssa Huntington, Delta High School, National Honorable Mention and Local Winner
  • Megumi Call, Cheney High School, Local Winner
  • Marissa Ribeiro, Ferris High School, Local Winner
  • Charisse Spencer, Richland High School, Local Winner
  • Kimberly Esperum, Rogers High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Kiersten Gasper, Cheney High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Stephany Lamas, Kennewick High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Nora Medina, Quincy High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Priscilla Nunez, Eastmont High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Ellen O'Toole, Colton High School, Local Honorable Mention
  • Haidon Storro, Freeman High School, Local Honorable Mention

It's never too soon to start planning for next year's AiC competition.  Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2018!  Also, don't forget that all members of the Aspirations in Computing community are eligible to participate in the AspireIT program.  For more information, see https://www.ncwit.org/project/aspireit-k-12-outreach-program.

If you have any questions, please send them to Shira Broschat, the AiC Coordinator and committee chair at the email address below.


Committee Chair

Shira L. Broschat
AiC Coordinator, Eastern Washington

Committee Members

Deb Gracio
Director, Program Development Office
National Security Directorate, PNNL

Jessamyn Dahmen
Broadening Participation in Computing Club, WSU

Gina Sprint
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA