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Ashmita is a senior at Wayzata High School. She became fascinated with computers in middle school, and began creating websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript in eighth grade. She also knows Python, Java, AngularJS, and Ansible. She has also taken AP Computer Science and Software Engineering at her high school. Ashmita also likes competing at local hackathons and participating in Capture The Flag tournaments, which are cybersecurity competitions. Ashmita also competed at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in the spring and won first place in Computer Programming Concepts and second place in SQL Database Fundamentals. She and her team became Nationals finalists in Web Application Team for a webapp about physics targeted towards younger students. Over the summer, Ashmita got the opportunity to become a Systems Engineer Intern at SPS Commerce. She vastly expanded her knowledge of operating systems, and learned how to use Ansible, an IT automation tool. She also developed Python modules for Ansible, and used one of them to tag objects in VMWare. She also received the opportunity to shadow at major tech companies in Minnesota, such as Target, Land O' Lakes, and Unisys. Aside from her internship and shadowing opportunities, she also attended many tech meetups in her area, and she also got the opportunity to speak at DevOps Days in Kansas City, where she spoke about her experiences with Ansible. After gaining a lot of experience in the industry, she has decided to learn more about research, so this school year, she is doing artificial intelligence research at the University of Minnesota, and she is focusing on image processing. Ashmita has also taught web development classes to students online, and she mentors at the Twin Cities and Rebecca CoderDojos. For her NHS service project, she is teaching Python classes to middle school students. In the future, Ashmita will attend college and major in Computer Science and she hopes to perform research in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She also hopes to be advocate for accessible Computer Science education, and participate in educational outreach throughout her career. Aside from her computing interests she is also a member of her school's Varsity Quiz Bowl Team, Varsity Science Bowl Team, Varsity Science Olympiad Team, Future Problem Solving Team, Link Crew and National Honor Society. She was a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, and she and her FPS team ranked in the top ten at the Future Problem Solving International Conference. Ashmita also enjoys physics, and started a particle physics group at her school. She also has been dancing for 13 years, and volunteers to teach students Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance.