Four female students at Oak Ridge High School won state honors and one student was a national winner in computing awards given to young women in 2016.
The Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women and Informational Technology honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests, a press release said.
Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
The four ORHS students were among 11 state winners from Tennessee. The Oak Ridge students are Serena French, Megan Peters, Tina Wang, and Melissa Yuan.
Yuan was also one of 35 national winners for the 2016 Award for Aspirations in Computing, the second national winner from East Tennessee, and the third-ever national winner from the state of Tennessee.
All winners are students of Keith Jackson, math and computer science teacher and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) coach at Oak Ridge High School.
The 2016 state winners were honored at Tennessee Technical University on April 16. The national winners were honored at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony on March 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each national winner received a $500 cash prize, laptop computer, and two engraved trophies, one for her and one for her school.
This press release was submitted by Holly Cross.
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