Michelle Zheng receives NCWIT Award
Michelle Zheng receives NCWIT Award

Springfield High School student Michelle Zheng has received the 2020 Greater Philadelphia NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in association with the Amazon Future Engineer program, recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more female students to choose careers in technology.

A total of 26 award recipients were selected from high schools across the Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania area 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 a community of over 15,000 technical women
  • access to resources, scholarships and internship opportunities 

"Encouraging young women's interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. 

Springfield High School is proud that one of its own students received this prestigious award. "Michelle is a very worthy recipient of this award.  She demonstrates all of the important traits demanded of great programmers," said Cynthia Gill, Technology Educator at Springfield High School.

Springfield High School continues to offer computing as part of its curriculum, recognizing its value to students' future success.  Students at Springfield are trained to program in Python, Java, and JavaScript.  They attend courses that include Web Development, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Mobile Application Development.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women's participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.  Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

Cynthia Gill