South Portland High School Student Wins Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

South Portland High School student Kristina McCarthy has received the Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

A total of 23 award recipients were selected from high schools across New England for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Each award recipient will receive:

»     A NCWIT bag with information, resources, and other items

»     Access to the NCWIT community network

»    Two engraved awards, one for the student and one for her school’s trophy case

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.

“South Portland High School is proud that one of its own students received this prestigious award.” Julie York, department chair of Career Preparation and one of Kristina’s teachers comments.  “South Portland High School continues to offer computing as part of its curriculum, recognizing its value to students’ future success.” Career Preparation computer courses at the school include Introduction to Computer Science, Animation & Game Design, Digital Graphics, and a college credit earning Advanced Tech course. York also runs an after school STEAM club for students known as the Maker Meetup, with community members, parents, and other children joining in to complete various programming and maker projects.

The South Portland High School community believes that all students are able to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary education, career, and citizenship. Toward that goal, every student will graduate as a capable learner who is able to think critically and produce quality work.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 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.  Find out more at

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