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Four students honored in Minnesota Aspirations in Computing program

Congratulations to Hannah Brass '23Maryeva Gonzalez '23, Ruth Mellin '22 and Anja Seifert '24 who were each honored last week in the tenth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing program (MNAiC). This program offers year-round events and activities to inspire and empower students in high school to become the next, best Minnesota-grown technology talent. 

Since the program’s inception, over 600 students have been selected as Minnesota honorees; gaining access to paid internships, job shadow experiences, virtual mentor matches, skill-building events, and prizes. In addition, Minnesota Aspirations Award applicants are automatically entered into the national NCWIT Aspirations Award competition. Award recipients are selected based on computing and I.T. aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Individual awards include: 

  • Ruth Mellin '22 - 2022 State Winner Award Recipient
  • Maryeva Gonzalez '23 - 2022 State Honorable Mention 

  • Hannah Brass '23 & Anja Seifert '24 - 2022 Rising Star Honorees

Ruth Mellin '22 took home a state award after claiming honorable mention status last year. Selected from high schools throughout Minnesota by national and state review teams, state award winners must demonstrate a significant interest in and an aptitude for computing to be considered. Additionally, state winners are featured in local and statewide media and eligible for a range of prizes including mentoring/job shadow experiences, paid summer internships, cash rewards, and trophies.

Ruth says that being involved in MNAiC has allowed her to gain the necessary confidence and experience to pursue a career in STEM in the future. "Being involved in MNAiC has allowed me to take what I learn in school and apply it to better understand complex issues in the STEM field" says Mellin. What I love about MNAiC is that I can engage with other high schoolers that have a shared passion for STEM and learning about their interests and experiences is truly inspiring."  

Congratulations Ruth, Maryeva, Hannah and Anja!