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May 7, 2013 — Cody’s Rylee Marron is one of five female Wyoming high school students who have been named winners of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing.
UW and Western Wyoming Community College, affiliates of the NCWIT awards, selected five winners from across Wyoming. Winners were chosen based on their computing-related achievements and interests, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
“The award is important to me because it helps me feel independent as a woman, and that I can be successful,” says Marron, a senior at Cody High School. “The award helps me feel confident in my technology intelligence and the feeling of being accomplished.”
Marron has participated in broadcast journalism, and college video and production, at her high school. She currently has a school internship, in which she films and edits interviews with high school students about future careers.
“I hope to excel in computing in college and will always have a passion for it,” she says.
NCWIT is a nonprofit community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofits that work to increase women’s participation in technology and computing.
“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical,” says Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT.
Other Wyoming Affiliate Competition winners, listed with their high schools and hometowns, are:
--Jingyu Li, Laramie High School, Laramie.
--Lia Eggleston, home-schooled, Laramie.
--Blake Marquardt, East High School, Cheyenne.
--Korina Ike, Hulett High School, Hulett.
The awards for each winner include a trophy, swag bag and a 64 gigabyte USB flash drive pre-loaded with a software development environment, according to Allyson Anderson, a senior lecturer in UW’s Computer Science Department.
The Women in Science Conference is designed to raise young women’s (grades 7-12) interest and excitement in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) -- career fields typically dominated by men. Accomplished professional women discuss their experiences in these fields.
The conference is hosted by the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, which sponsors education and research programs in the state of Wyoming to support NASA goals. One of the goals of NASA and UW is to get more women and ethnic minorities involved in educational programs.
For more information about the Women in Science Conference, contact Michele Turner, program coordinator, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, at (307) 766-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rylee Marron, a senior at Cody High School, is one of five recipients from Wyoming to receive the NWCIT Computing Award.