Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Some of the region's top leaders in information technology will be honoring HRVHS sophomores Lilly Paul and Roslyn Patrick-Sunnes Sunday, March 6, along with their instructor Jeff Blackman, for excellence in computing skills.
The National Center for Women in Information Technology has selected the teens from a large pool of candidates from Oregon and southwest Washington for a NCWIT Regional Aspiration Award.
Blackman was honored among 20 other high school educators across the country for his recruitment and education of young women in IT fields. As part of his honor, Blackman will receive prize money for professional development related to computing education. NCWIT partnered with Google to fund the teacher awards.
Patrick-Sunnes and Paul will receive gifts, a monetary prize and a glass plaque for their exemplary achievements in computing and technology.
Both girls are members of the award-winning HRVHS robotics team which recently took first place at the FTC Robotics Tournament held at OMSI Feb. 5.
The NCWIT awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
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