KCPS Scholar Earns Computer Science Honor

Aalisha Hoskin to receive an Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology

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Aalisha Hoskin (PHOTOS BY: Ray Weikal/KCPS)

Kansas City, February 8, 2019: A Kansas City Public Schools scholar was recently chosen to be among an elite group of students from across the region who are being honored for their accomplishments and expertise in computing and engineering.

Aalisha Hoskin, a Southeast High School student who is studying computer science at Manual Career and Technical Center, will receive an Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), NetApp of Wichita and Northwest Missouri State University during a ceremony and reception Feb. 8 at the Kauffman Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.  “This award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

Ms. Hoskin will be among just 20 young women who will be receiving the award. Her instructor at Manual Career Tech is Harold Smith. She is a 4.0 g.p.a. student and member of the National Honor Society, volleyball team and one of the cheer squads at Southeast HS.

“Aalisha really earned this award! I’m so proud of her,” Mr. Smith said. “She’s a great example of the kind of young women and students of color who are going to change the world of technology in the next few years.”

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