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Duchesne student wins National NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award

Duchesne student wins National NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award
Hannah Miller

Duchesne Student Wins National NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award


March 18, 2024 – Omaha, Neb. – Duchesne Student Aubrey Nguyen has received the National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Regional Award. The award, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes 9th-12th grade women students for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a diverse range of students to choose careers in technology. The National Award is generously sponsored by Bank of America.

Four hundred award recipients were selected from high schools across 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

Each recipient will receive recognition and prizes; induction into the AiC Community of more than 25,000 women, genderqueer, or non-binary technologists; access to resources, scholarships, and internship opportunities; and more.

“Encouraging students who have historically been underrepresented in technology fields is critical. Computing underlies an increasing number of the products and systems we use every day, and to ensure they are beneficial to the broadest group of people possible, a diverse group of people must dream them and then create them,” said NCWIT CEO and Executive Director Terry Hogan.

"Aubrey is a brilliant and hard working student who is very humble about her wide range of talents. She is very generous with sharing her gifts with our community and is so deserving of this recognition," Duchesne Computer Science and Robotics teacher Sarah Stratman said.



Duchesne Academy is an all-girls Catholic high school in the heart of Omaha. Celebrating Sacred Heart values, Duchesne educates young women to be active participants in their own development. The academy provides a safe, loving place for students to learn how to evaluate complex matters with poise and discernment. The college prep school prepares students with a lifelong pursuit of faith, understanding, and wisdom.

NCWIT is the National Center for Women and Information Technology, a nationwide, non-profit community of more than 1,600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations. NCWIT draws on social science research at all levels of the tech ecosystem to identify and promote interventions to correct underrepresentation in computing education and the tech workforce. NCWIT Intentionally attends to the ways marginalization varies based on an individual’s intersecting identities. Drawing on research, NCWIT utilizes a holistic approach to both change the system to be more inclusive and develop tech talent to drive innovation. By working with organizations to be intentional with their DEI efforts, to focus on inclusion, and to pay attention to influence, NCWIT strives to ensure the broadest spectrum of people can contribute to the innovations that shape all of our lives.