Haley Richards of Menomonee Falls selected as runner-up for NCWIT award

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Menomonee Falls High School student will be recognized Sunday, April 3 for a state award that encourages young women to get involved with the computer sciences.

Haley Richards was selected as a runner-up for the 2016 Wisconsin NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which is sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and recognizes young 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.

“She did an awesome job with her application,” said Brenda Larson, Information Technology teacher at MFHS.

Runner-up awardees were selected from high schools across Wisconsin for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for postsecondary 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-founder of NCWIT.

Though Richards said she isn’t certain where her college career will take her, she is hopeful to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a place Larson said she is confident Richards will succeed.

“She will do excellent there,” Larson said “She’s one of my top students.”

Richards is eligible for a scholarship with the accolade as well as connection to a group of like-minded women in a field she wishes to study.

“MFHS is proud that one of its own students received this prestigious award,” said MFHS principal Corey Golla. “Menomonee Falls continues to offer information technology as part of its curriculum, recognizing its value to students’ future success.”

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