Mount Saint Mary Students Win NCWIT Award For Aspirations In Computing

Svetlana Marhefka, MSMA Directress Sister Lisa Gambacorto, Kaitlyn Pellicano

Svetlana Marhefka, MSMA Directress Sister Lisa Gambacorto, Kaitlyn Pellicano (Photo courtesy of MSMA)

WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy seniors Svetlana Marhefka of Westfield and Kaitlyn Pellicano of Dunellen have been named winners of the 2013 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The award, sponsored by Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes 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 is a national winner and Pellicano is a national runner up.

A total of 35 winners and 275 runners-up out of 1800 applicants were selected from high schools across the country for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical; our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-found of NCWIT.

Marhefka plans to pursue studies in computer engineering and computer science at Virginia Tech this fall. This is the second consecutive year she has been honored by the NCWIT. Pellicano, an aspiring computer engineer, will attend Villanova University. This is the third year she has received the Aspirations in Computing Award.

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.

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