Spence Sophomore Named Rising Star by the National Center for Women & Information Technology

When Brooke P. ’21 isn’t running races on Spence’s Track team, one might find her diligently writing code in Dr. Iwerks’ Computer Science classroom, work that recently earned her recognition from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) as a Rising Star in computing. 
Aimed at bolstering women’s meaningful participation in careers in technology, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing “honors women in Grades 9 through 12 who show promise in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.” Recipients of the award are selected for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. This year’s award, which was sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, honored 151 young women in the greater New York City area. 
According to Brooke, Dr. Iwerks was instrumental in “helping [her] through some pretty difficult concepts” as she works to develop her coding skills. 
This summer, she’ll be working for Tinybop, a software company that builds educational apps for children, and she has plans to organize a hackathon in the upcoming school year. As an NCWIT honoree, Brooke will have access to exclusive scholarships, internships and job opportunities, as well as NCWIT’s network of technology professionals to help her grow her leadership skills in the field. 
Congratulations, Brooke!