Westfield Student Wins NCWIT Award For Aspirations In Computing

Svetlana Marhefka (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

WATCHUNG — Mount Saint Mary Academy junior Svetlana Marhefka of Westfield has been named the winner of the 2012 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the New York Tri-State Area.

The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

Marhefka was selected because of her outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

A member of the Mount’s Communications Club and the school’s robotics team, Marhefka plans to pursue studies in computer engineering and computer science in college. She will receive the Aspirations in Computing award at a ceremony on May 17 at the Bloomberg New York office.

Marhefka is the second student from Mount Saint Mary Academy to be honored by the NCWIT this year. Her robotics teammate, Kaitlyn Pellicano of Dunellen, was recognized by the organization’s Philadelphia chapter in early March.

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to increase women’s participation in IT. NCWIT’s work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers.

Mount Saint Mary Academy is a Catholic, independent school which provides a college preparatory education for young women in grades 9 through 12.

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