The 2022 Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) has been given to three Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) students for their accomplishments in computing and technology.
This honor is presented to students by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). This year they were selected from more than 3,500 high school applications.
“Your school community truly stood out, your students should feel incredibly proud of receiving the Award for AiC,” a statement from the NCWIT to the student’s educators stated. “This is a phenomenal achievement. We hope you are proud of your students. Thank you for encouraging their technological interests.”
Here is a look at the SMSD honorees:
Hannah Poe, SM South senior, Affiliate Winner. Poe has been recognized an affiliate winner the past 3 years, as well as an honorable mention winner in 2019. Poe studies computer science and is enrolled in the Project Lead the Way engineering Signature Program. She is a junior mentor for CoderDojo KC. She is part of the first class of SHEnovators, which provides high school girls access to resources to pursue tech interests and the opportunity to speak on a panel at The WIT Network’s International Women’s Day Conference in 2019. She continues to hone her programming skills through workshops. Additionally, she has a Kansas Seal of Biliteracy in English and Spanish, is a member of National Honor Society, is an officer for her school's Spanish National Honor Society, and International Club. Poe holds local and regional leadership positions in her youth group, and a is member of Overland Park Teen Council. She plans on majoring in Civil Engineering in college.
Grace Cramblett, SM Northwest senior received an Affiliate Honorable Mention. Cramblett currently works at Code Ninjas and enjoys helping students learn to code by creating video games. Cramblett has taught Cybersecurity to more than 100 Girl Scouts ages 5-18. She is currently working on her Gold Award in Girl Scouts by working with her tribe, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, to provide technical support to tribal elders. Working with the Chairwoman to identify a need, a solution was Cybersecurity training was created for all of elder members. Cramblett will be attending the University of Kansas this fall where she has been accepted into KU’s elite School of Business Leadership Program, offering many leadership opportunities and challenges to learn and grow. Her goal is to evolve as a business leader focused on technology and continue to work within her community and tribal communities.
Kate Swift, SM South junior, is an Affiliate Honorable Mention. Swift hopes to major in Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering. To develop these skills, she participated in Burns and McDonnell’s Engineering University, was selected as a Cerner Scholar, where she interned for a semester. Swift was the recipient of T-Mobile’s ID Tech Scholarship, which provided her with the opportunity to take free coding classes. She loves flying and hopes to obtain her pilot’s license. She recently participated in Garmin’s Women of Aviation Week, which allowed her to experience firsthand flying with Garmin’s engineers. Swift also earned a Varsity letter in Cross Country and a Junior Varsity letter in Track and Field. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Every young lady recognized through this program has shown exceptional potential and character,” Jessica Tickle, Signature Program Engineering instructor, expressed about the honorees.