COLUMBIA, S.C. – Doors to careers in technology are opening for several students at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) Student Center. Four students are being recognized by the South Carolina Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) with Aspirations in Computing awards.
Spring Valley High School junior Jasmine Montalvo and Blythewood High School senior Iahra Santiago-Vazquez received the 2021 South Carolina Affiliate Rising Star award. Ridge View High School junior Faith Aiken was named the 2021 South Carolina Affiliate Regional Winner and Ariel Parker, a senior at Blythewood High School, received an honorable mention. These students were enrolled in 3D Printing & Design, Next Energy Engineering and Apple App Development classes at the R2i2 Student Center.
The South Carolina Affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award recognizes students in grades 9-12 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 4,200 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 Aspirations in Computing community of nearly 20,000 technical individuals; access to resources, scholarships, and internship opportunities; and more.
Students from all five of the district’s high schools can take courses at the R2i2 Student Center, including 3D Printing & Design, Next Energy Engineering, Culinary Arts: Pastry and Baking, Animation & B.E.A.T.S., Marketing and Social Media, and Apple App Development.