Two Upper School students win computing awards on the national and local level!
Congratulations to Adrienne Lai '21 and Lily Hunsicker '23 who are National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Computing winners for VA & DC. Adrienne is also a National Honorable Mention; this is her third year achieving recognition from NCWIT.
Adrienne is a senior from Alexandria, Virginia, who loves math, science, programming, and technology. She first became interested in programming in seventh grade when her math class watched the documentary “Code Girls” as a part of their HTML and CSS coding unit. Since then, she has learned many programming languages including Python, Java, Wolfram Language, and Matlab. In addition, Adrienne is interested in robotics and is the co-captain and head programmer on FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team Thunderstone (FTC 6010). She also enjoys volunteering as a mentor at a local chapter of CoderDojo, where she teaches younger students to code and participate in the Virginia Space Grant Consortium program. In her free time, Adrienne likes to read (her favorite book is Six of Crows) and is learning Morse Code. In the future, she wants to earn engineering and computer science degrees, and is interested in developing technology to perform robotic surgery and find better cancer treatments.
Lily is a sophomore and loves science, programming, English, art, and math. This is her second year on team 6010 Thunderstone, an after-school Robotics team competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge, and this year, Lily hopes to learn how to program the robot in addition to building and design. Lily is a Girl Scout and earned her Silver Award last year by completing 50 hours of service focusing primarily on the issue of hunger. She is currently beginning the process of earning her Gold Award and she plans on focusing her Gold Award around motivating girls in her community to become interested in STEM. In her free time, Lily loves to read, hike, and solve puzzles. Lily would say that her greatest technical accomplishment was placing first in science at the MAESA (Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association) fair in 2018 for her experiments involving the relationship between gear ratios and force. In the future, Lily plans to attend a four-year college and hopes to study either computer science or engineering. She is still undecided, however, as she feels that there are so many interesting STEM fields out there.