Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Students Win NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Award

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Students Win NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Award

Lola Kovalski and Makenna Lindsay, students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy High School in Hartford, Connecticut, have won the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. They have collaborated to create ITgirl.

Lola Kovalski, the leader, has planned and taught Hour of Code lessons to students from Breakthrough Academy and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. She is currently an AP Mobile CSP student.
Co-leader, Makenna Lindsay, has worked in several computer science related positions. During the summer of 2016 Makenna worked at Mobile Apps for Hartford (a Mobile CSP and Trinity College project). Makenna, along with another high school student, developed an app which is still in process called “Say Something CT” for the Hartford Police Department. Makenna has mentored young girls who were interested in coding and computer science at the Connecticut Science Center. She has lead a team in the CT Girls Hack-a-Thon at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition, Makenna is the president of the Code Phoenix girls team
at her school and is a former Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) student.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Funding for the NCWIT AspireIT program has been graciously donated by Intel, Google, Northrop Grumman and Apple. Your proposal was funded for a total of $3,000. As a reminder, per NCWIT AspireIT RFP, all eligible Program Partners must be an NCWIT Alliance member, all Alliance members serving as a Program Partner and receiving NCWIT AspireIT funds must be a non-profit, and all returning programs must have completed the required program tasks/reporting and met your proposed goals.

Lola will be leading the first program of this kind in the State of Connecticut. At least from what we can tell from what is published online from NCWIT.

For more informaiton go to https://www.aspirations.org/

Click here for all the Connecticut winners for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award for women.  Hartford has some good representation this year. 

James K. Veseskis, Computer Science Teacher at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, & Vice President CT-CSTA, Project Coordinator Exploring Computer Science also received an Honorable Mention Award as an Educator for Connecticut.