Catherine Mullings, a junior at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, was the recipient of the 2011 Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), Bay Area Affiliate. As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the NCWIT recognizes high school women with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology through the Award for Aspirations in Computing scholarship competition.
“I became interested in technology while participating in the Google-sponsored Iridescent App Development Challenge in January 2010,” said Catherine. “From this challenge, I participated in the spring 2010 Technovation Challenge, where I designed a mobile application for the Android phone using Google’s programming language, AppInventor.
“I also developed a business plan and pitched it to venture capitalists, on behalf of my team, for potential development funding. Through this program, I discovered how interesting, yet fun, computer science can be. I was able to brainstorm ideas and then work them into something tangible. I felt empowered that I could utilize technology and draw upon my imagination to bring my simplest dreams into realities.”
Catherine was one of 25 female high school recipients chosen from among competitors in 11 counties in Northern California. Winners were chosen for their aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post‐secondary education. She advanced to the national competition and was honored as a National Award finalist, competing against 2,800 high school students representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and overseas military bases.