First Name

Anna

Last Name

W.

Bio

Anna is a senior at Menlo School in California. She enjoys learning in all subjects, especially STEM fields. She is a three-time American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) qualifier and was invited to the Math Prize for Girls at MIT in 2015 and 2016. Her interest in programming began in 8th grade, when she interned at Shmoop University, working on educational math materials for open online courses. To explore her interest in computing, she took Introduction to CS as a freshman, AP CS as a sophomore, and is now taking Advanced Topics in CS. She also began competing in the online USA Computing Olympiad, where she now participates at the Gold Level. After witnessing her female classmates lose interest in robotics and hackathons, she decided to do her part to fix the gender imbalance at school. She tutored a middle school girl every week; leads her school's M-BEST (Menlo’s Bridge to Engineering, Science, and Technology) program, which presents girls opportunities in STEM; and serves as a liaison for Girls Teaching Girls to Code. In the first MenloHacks hackathon, she rallied girls who were inexperienced in CS to design and develop an app called "FriendlyFitness," which won the Best Developer Tool Award. She understands that in order to help and lead others, she needs to strengthen her leadership, computing, and communication skills. She served as one of the organizers for MenloHacks II; published her own iOS app called “What ToDo” on the app store; and joined her school's JV Mock Trial team as an attorney. Her team won first place in the 2016 and 2017 County competitions. Last summer, she worked with a professor and mentor at UCSC to study internet Round-Trip Times (RTT). She also led an AspireIT program, “Coding: Dream IT, Make IT, Love IT,” to teach underserved sixth grade girls about coding. She is very grateful that she found NCWIT and feels empowered to meet the challenges and obstacles she is facing and will face as a female computer engineer.