Homestead High School is proud to announce that students Michelle Dubrovsky (grade 12) Madeline Frank (grade 11), Julia Gaskin (grade 12), and Alison Kellner (grade 12) have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Awards.
NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action. The AiC awards honor women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions.
Award recipients are selected based on their 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.
Dubrovsky has participated in girls tennis for all four years of high school and has been on the varsity tennis team for the last two years. She is vice president of the Homestead chapter of She’s the First, a club with the goal to make sure girls everywhere are educated, respected, and heard. Additionally, Dubrovsky is a member of the National Honors Society and has completed four years of Merit Awards at Homestead. “After high school, I hope to attend a four-year university,” said Dubrovksy. “I am still hearing back from my top schools, so I have not made a decision yet as to where I will be attending in the fall.” Noting a passion for computer science that began during her freshman year, Dubrovsky has taken as many computer science courses at Homestead as she can in order to further her knowledge of the subject. She also plans to major in computer science in college.
Alison Kellner is part of the National Arts Honor Society (NAHS), National Honor Society, and the Programming Club. Upon graduation, Kellner plans to attend Northeastern University to major in Cybersecurity. “My interest in computer science started after my freshman year and it never fizzled out,” said Kellner. “I took as many computer classes as I could fit into my schedule. I hope to go far in the computer science community and help people along the way.”
Each of the girls has demonstrated an exceptional drive to furthering their knowledge in computer science, according to Homestead High School computer science teacher, Harrison Palzewicz. “Michelle has a deep passion and curiosity for the world of Cybersecurity,” Palzewicz said. “Her growth in Computer Science classes here at Homestead prove that she will make a big impact in the field. Julia is an artist with computing. Her work continues to stand out because of her creative touch and mind for details. Madeline is always thinking about growing the Computer Science community. She has always been interested in helping others and continues to grow stronger in her advanced programming skills. And Alison's ability to break down complex problems is very impressive.”
To celebrate this achievement, these students are invited to attend the NCWIT-WI Affiliate Aspirations Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) campus.
To find out more about NCWIT and AiC, visit: https://www.aspirations.org/