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Eastern Tech senior receives honorable mention for national award

Well-deserved recognition for student’s passion, excellence in technology
Posted on 02/22/2018
Sam Tang recognized nationally

Samantha Tang, a senior at Eastern Tech, has been selected as a 2018 Maryland Affiliate Honorable Mention with Distinction for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. According to the NCWIT, the Maryland Affiliate Aspirations Award ceremony—to be held on April 14th—“honors our winners and honorable mentions with distinction by sharing a summary of their accomplishments and aspirations, handing out their trophies, and giving them a chance to meet other young women in computing from other local high schools and universities.” The vision of the organization and award ceremony is to support young women in computing who often feel isolated or different from their peers and provide an opportunity for them to feel a sense of belonging. 

Additionally, the NCWIT is the only national non-profit focused on women's participation in computing, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women. The organization supports female students from K-12 as well as those pursuing post-secondary education paths toward industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. More specifically, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. Tang, who won the AiC award last year, was selected based on her interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.  In response to being nominated for the second straight year, Tang humbly stated, “I am just really excited and honored to be recognized by this prestigious group. It not only gives me hope for my future major and career, but it also inspires me to be a mentor for other females who want to pursue their interests in computer science.”