HMTCA Student Nominated for Innovation Awards

HMTCA Student Nominated for Innovation Awards

The Connecticut Technology Council announced that Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy 12th grade student, Lola Kovalski is a 2020 Finalist in the Youth Innovation and Leadership category of the Women in Innovation Awards. Lola Kovalski was selected by a panel of judges from over 150 nominations. The complete list of Finalists will be posted at within the coming week.

Women of Innovation, now in its 16th year, recognizes two important groups of people:

1. women accomplished in science, technology, engineering, and math, and involved in volunteer and community service efforts within their communities, and

2.  individuals and organizations that have made advances and promote equitability, diversity, and inclusivity in the STEM arena.

This year’s 50 Finalists are truly an outstanding group. Youth Innovation and Leadership is one of ten categories celebrated at Women of Innovation. The  award

Lola speaking at the Connecticut Education Committee’s March 6, 2019 Meeting and Public Hearing advocating for Computer Programming education in our schools.

honors leading Connecticut STEM individuals in high school and beyond.

All Finalists were nominated in one of ten categories of achievement from which the WOI Committee will select category winners. Given the state of our current public health situation, Women in Innovation is currently evaluating new options for celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of this year’s honorees.

Lola Kovalski, a student at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, has won the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for three consecutive years. In terms of computer-related programs, she has planned and taught Hour of Code lessons to students from Breakthrough Academy and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and run two successful AspireIT programs (and she hopes to run a third). Currently, she is also working alongside James Veseskis (her teacher and a Mobile CSP Master Teacher) to bring code to every Hartford school. Currently, she is helping to start a Girls Who Code club at seven schools and plans on expanding through 2020.  She has completed three technology-based internships, sat on numerous women in STEM panels, and has just recently testified on behalf of a CS Education bill that has just been passed (as of June 6, 2019.)

Lola will matriculate to Williams College next year.

For more information about the Women in Innovation Awards, please contact:

Maureen Lord 


In February of 2020, Ms. Kovalski was also selected as a 2020 Connecticut winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing by the Connecticut Affiliate of the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She is being recognized for computing-related aspirations and for a demonstrated outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing. Ms. Kovalski’s solid leadership ability; exceptional academic history; and forward-thinking ability distinguishes her as a remarkable young woman.

For more information about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, please contact:

Darwin Kovacs, for the Connecticut Aspirations in Computing Affiliate

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