South Lakes HS Students Honored with Virginia NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

School News
June 02, 2020

South Lakes High students Emma Kingkeo, Sierra Rojas-Smith, and Ruhi Jame have been selected to receive the Virginia NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing.  Sponsored by NCWIT, the award recognizes high school students who identify as women, gender queer, and non-binary 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 147 award recipients were selected from high schools across Virginia for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. “Emma and Sierra are both ‘problem solvers’ and enjoy working with technology,” said Selwyn Lawrence, a National Board Certified Teacher in Technology. “Ruhi is an impressive, goal-driven, resilient leader of our new South Lakes Girls Who Code student organization,” said Nancy Brandon, business and information technology teacher.  South Lakes High offers programming, Cybersecurity, and several other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses along with extracurricular activities such as Seahawk Cyber Club, Girls Who Code, Robotics, and Future Business Leaders of America. Contact Emily Burrell at