NEW BERLIN — Four New Berlin students received state recognition through the National Center for
Women & Information Technology.
They are state winners Jennifer King and Jaclyn Windorff, both New Berlin West Middle/High School students; and Anja Schwobe, Eisenhower Middle/High School. State honorable mention was won by Jordan Main, also of Eisenhower.
The award recognizes high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests. The center strives to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Award winners were selected from high schools across Wisconsin for their aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, their leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary
In recent years, the school district has significantly increased technology offerings to help prepare students for the needs of the future economy.
"The School District of New Berlin offers an amazing array of tech opportunities for all students,” said Aaron Chamberlain, computer science teacher. “Anja has taken advantage of many of these opportunities by enrolling in a number of STEM classes including AP Computer Science Principles, printing and publication, intro to engineering, green engineering, and electricity and robotics," he said. She is also a member of the robotics club.
Jennifer has been a part of the district’s TechKNOW Student Technology Support Program for two
years, said Jacqueline DiBella, IT student help desk coordinator. “She has displayed continuous growth in both her technical ability and her overall leadership skills. Through her technology department internship, Jennifer played an integral role in the summer preparation and deployment of 1,200 student Chromebooks.”
“I have had Jaclyn in several of my computer science classes for the last two years, and she has always
amazed me with her talent and passion for programming,” said Saghar Homayounpour, computer
science teacher. “At New Berlin West, we are very proud of Jaclyn’s accomplishments, and are very excited to see more and more female students are finding interest in computer science.”
Each award-winner receives prizes from top technology companies and universities, and is also eligible for scholarships.