Last fall Mrs. Kathy MacKenzie suggested that her AP Computer Science Programming students apply for a National Center for Women in Information Technology Award. After a detailed application process, Audrey Abraham '20 was one of 197 students across Massachusetts to win the 2020 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. AiC award recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. To date, nearly 8,600 women have been honored with the Award for AiC.
Audrey joined UA’s middle school robotics team, the Junior Plaids, in 7th grade and continued to mentor the younger students when she moved up to the high school team, Robots in Plaid. Audrey became a team captain after just two years, and helped lead the team to one of its highest ever competition finishes in 2019, earning the Think and Motivate Awards as well as an invitation to compete in the Massachusetts State Championships. She continues as a team captain this year, and plans to pursue Engineering or Computer Science in college after graduating from Ursuline Academy. Audrey can’t wait to explore different branches of engineering and computer science, and to see where her college studies take her!