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Danielle Rowe '19, Teacher Alfie Hobbs Receive Awards for Computer Science
Danielle Rowe '19, Teacher Alfie Hobbs Receive Awards for Computer Science

Danielle Rowe '19 and Upper School computer science teacher Alfie Hobbs have each received an award from the local affiliate of NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Aspirations in Computing for outstanding work in computer science. They were recognized at a reception March 17, 2018, at Campbell University in Buies Creek.

Danielle received the Raleigh/Durham/Coastal Affiliate's NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This award honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for postsecondary education.

Danielle is the third recipient from Ravenscroft in three years. Chelsea Schlacks '16 and Natalie Lang '17 were recognized in 2016, and Lang received the award again in 2017.

"I got involved in computer science through my family, as my father has his own computer consulting company and my sister currently works at Fidelity Investments," Danielle said. "While it's very challenging at times, I love the field and how I can create projects and ideas from scratch. I plan to major in [management information systems] with a minor in computer science."

Hobbs was awarded the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, which honors teachers and other mentors who encourage high school women's interest and participation in technology pursuits.

He said he's "very proud of the outstanding work our students are doing in computer science."

"Having someone from our community recognized by NCWIT as an Aspirations in Computing award recipient is a definitely an honor, but more importantly it shows that representation matters," Hobbs said. "Information Technology is a field that is traditionally dominated by males, and NCWIT provides recognition, support and resources to encourage more females to join the ranks and excel in the field.

"To have an award winner from Ravenscroft for the third year in a row shows the dedication that our school has to innovation, technology and the uplifting of our students," he added. "We hope this success inspires more of our female students to explore their interests and take more computer science and engineering courses."

Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships and internships to young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,500 young women into the Aspirations in Computing community with the goal of helping to usher them into technology careers. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both national and local affiliate competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.

NCWIT Alliance is a national network of universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations working to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing.