Ashley Thommana is sophomore in the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School (MBHS). As part of the STEM program in middle and high school, Ashley took several computer science classes focused on the application of rigorous algorithms to solve complicated problems. She is also proficient in Python and Java. Ashley was invited to the international All-Stars American Computer Science League Competition (ACSL) twice, where she placed 1st and 3rd in the junior and intermediate divisions respectively. Representing the state of Maryland, Ashley also won 1st place in the Cyber Challenge at the National Science Bowl. For the past two years, Ashley has been using technology to model Lymphoma and Alzheimer’s disease data using the statistical software R. Her project won 2nd place at the Montgomery County Science Fair and received several community awards including those from Women in Science, Qiagen, MriGlobal and the Washington Statistical Society. She also placed 1st at the T.J BioCode, a bioinformatics-centered programming competition. Ashley is interested in pursuing a career in Bio-Informatics and plans to use technology to delve deep into the world of data mining and artificial intelligence. Ashley’s passion for computing motivated her to join “Code Girls”, an after-school club that aims to empower girls and coach them for computer science competitions. Ashley also recently assisted with organizing a Women in Stem Seminar at her school to introduce girls to female professionals in a variety of STEM careers. Additionally, Ashley is a budding journalist; she is a staff writer for Silver Chips, the MBHS newspaper and enjoys painting in her free time.