For the second year in a row, Dani Rowe ’19 has been recognized for outstanding work in computer science by the local affiliate of NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology). The Aspirations in Computing 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.
“This award gives me confidence that I will be accepted in the field of computer science and have a community that supports me,” Dani said. “I have loved computer science since I was young, and I am excited to begin to introduce children of the next generation to the joy of coding and solving complex problems.”
Dani has taken many of Ravenscroft’s most rigorous and hands-on courses as she developed advanced knowledge and skills on the field. As a senior, she offered tech support to students and staff through the new Genius Lab course and explored other practical applications of her skills in Innovations. She was also among the students featured in a Spring 2019 Ravenscroft Magazine story about the importance of mentorship for girls interested in STEM fields, part of the issue’s cover story on citizen leadership.
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 a 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.
This is the fourth consecutive year a student from Ravenscroft has been recognized with this award. Chelsea Schlacks ’16 and Natalie Lang ’17 were recognized in 2016, and Lang received the award again in 2017.
Although Dani was not able to attend the April 19, 2019, awards ceremony, she received an award for herself and one for Ravenscroft, which she gave to Head of Upper School Peter Bogue to display.
In 2018, the Library and Technology Center was reimagined to fit the evolving needs of our students. The Keim Center for Innovation and Research was born. Read the history of this project here.