March 3, 2022
Senior earns computing award
Upper St. Clair High School senior Sophie Chen was recently recognized with the 2022 Western Pennsylvania Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes ninth-12th grade students for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a diverse range of students to choose careers in technology.
Award recipients were selected from more than 3,500 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. overseas military bases, and Canada 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.
Each recipient will receive recognition and prizes; induction into the AiC Community of more than 22,000 women, genderqueer, or non-binary technologists; access to resources, scholarships, and internship opportunities; and more.
“Encouraging all students’ interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and unique perspectives to produce technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders.
In addition to being recognized for excellence in computing, Sophie excels academically and artistically. She was recently named a Finalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program and earned the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction last fall. She is a member of the USCHS National Honor Society and the school’s Biology Club. A violinist, Sophie was recently named to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra and performed with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in November 2021.
NCWIT convenes, equips, and unites nearly 1,500 organizations nationwide to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.