Three MHS students honored by NCWIT

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Three MHS students have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Senior Rachel Woody received national honorable mention recognition from the NCWIT. She and senior Peyton Turner were also named Wisconsin affiliate winners of the NCWIT awards for Aspirations in Computing, while junior Hannah Wensing received honorable mention.

The award recognizes high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

All three will be recognized at a ceremony at Alverno College in Milwaukee on April 22.

Woody was also recognized at the state level in 2017, while Heathery Levy and Victoria Trantow, who graduated in 2016, were honored by NCWIT two years ago.

NCWIT received more than 3,600 applications for national recognition in 2018 and only 350 were awarded honorable mention recognition.

"It's an incredible honor for Rachel to be recognized nationally,'' MHS computer science teacher Lori Hunt said. "All three are strong, amazing young women and I'm excited to see the impact they will have on the world as they enter the next chapter of their lives.''

Award winners were selected from high schools across Wisconsin for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technolgy and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

NCWIT is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.

In addition, Woody started Code CS -- Cardinal Outreach to Diversify and Education Computer Science -- for girls in grades 4-8. The coding and computer science program was free and met twice a month with eight sessions in all. She was awarded a grant of $1,420 by the National Center for Women in IT and $100 from her program partner, Kate Kaiser, to start a non-profit outreach program in the District.