Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School senior Mariah Mathews has received a National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award for the Indiana region. On January 28, Mariah attended an event at the OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indianapolis to receive the award, which honors young women at the high school level for computing-related achievements and interests.
Mariah has many IT achievements and interests. She’s a student intern to an IT specialist at Crispus Attucks. She’s certified in Strata IT essentials from CompTIA. And she has served as an IT participant in Peer Leaders for AIDs/HIV Free Africa (PLAFA). Her participation was made possible by Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach (SOHO). On that trip, she fixed lab and administration computers in multiple schools and also distributed laptops and educational materials.
This is all in line with Mariah’s advice to other girls and young women interested in technology: “Do NOT be afraid to do it on your own. If your school doesn’t offer a technology class continue to pursue technology through after-school activities, online and other programs outside of school.”
Mariah plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and said this award helps her in different ways. “This award recognizes all of the effort and time I have devoted to learning about technology,” she said. “It’s an excellent start for getting involved in Purdue’s Women in Technology program, as well as receiving scholarships to go towards the extra expenses I will have as an IT student.”
We congratulate Mariah on her award. We’re proud to have such an amazing student whose passion, commitment and intelligence empower her to achieve her goals and serve as an example to others of what’s possible!