El Segundo High School Students Chu, Cornwall and Wang Win National Women’s Information Technology Awards

NCWIT high school award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education, says ESHS Math, Engineering and Robotics Teacher Jennifer Cho, who serves as coordinator for the high school’s participation in the awards program. “All three of these ladies never seize to amaze me in how dedicated they are to their current coursework as well as with their extracurricular opportunities,” said Cho. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with each one of them since their freshman year and I am very proud to see them grow into ambitious young adults. They have paved a smooth path for the incoming high school students to follow.”

Chu was named winner of the 2016 California: NCWIT LA & OC Metro Competition, and runner up for the organization’s National Award—her third consecutive year of receiving these awards. First learning programming when she turned eight years old, the ESHS honors student has participated in a host of robotics and computer technology-related competitions and clubs. In addition to serving as captain of ESHS’ national finalist CyberPatriot (Air Force Association National Youth Cyber Education Program), she has competed in the First Robotics Competition, First Lego League competition, picoCTF (Carnegie Mellon University/NSA Cyber Security competition) and the award-winning Zero Robotics team (competing in the MIT/NASA program to develop autonomous space robots). Chu also worked as a software development intern at Northrop Grumman last summer, and as a research scholar in UCLA’s High School Summer Research Program in 2014.

Wang, who was awarded NCWIT National Runner Up and LA & OC Metropolitan Affiliate Award Winner 2016, is the founder/president of the Girls Who Code Club at ESHS. She says, “I hope to inspire other girls to pursue careers in STEM.” The tech-savvy junior has participated innumerous STEM competitions including Project Lead the Way, First Robotics, CyberPatriots and several “Hackathons” in Los Angeles. She is familiar with several programming languages. Last summer, she participated in the Girls Who Code Summer Program at the Honest Company.

Cornwall, professing a passion for a career in the STEM fields, was awarded runner up in the NCWIT LA & OC Metro Competition for her second year in a row. She says, “I want to attend the college of my dreams and get a job that deals with the world of engineering and technology, specifically cyber security or 3D animation/modeling.” Cornwall’s extra-curricular activities include golf, Key Club and CyberPatriots.

For more information about the NCWIT awards, please visit https://www.ncwit.org/programs-campaigns/ncwit-awards.