Shady Side Academy senior Caroline Houghton was the recipient of a 2017 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award, earning an AiC Certificate of Distinction in the NCWIT Western & Central Pennsylvania/West Virginia affiiliate region. A total of 33 young women in the PA/WV region and nearly 400 nationwide were recognized with 2017 AiC Awards out of more than 3,500 applicants.
The NCWIT AiC Award honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.
Each affiliate award winner receives recognition at an award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.