El Segundo High School Senior Gillian Cornwall Wins Women’s Aspirations in Computing Award

Cornwall has studied in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Pathway under the direction of ESHS Math, Engineering and Robotics teacher Jennifer Cho since her freshman year. Her parents encouraged her to enroll in the Engineering Pathway because of her interest in video games, staying on top of emerging technologies and desire to develop her computing skills for the future. ESHS’ Engineering Pathway introduces students to concepts and programs like fundamentals of engineering, 3D modeling and printing, and coding which Cornwall admits does not come naturally to her and requires a lot of problem solving. The challenge as well as the reward of being able to see the tangible results of her hard work is what she values most about the program. Cornwall was first introduced to coding and design through the Air Force Associations’ CyberPatriot cyber education program and has been a member since her sophomore year. She is also a member of the Key Club and an avid golfer.

“Jennifer Cho is so supportive and has helped me so much,” says Cornwall. “She encourages female students to not be shy about their work and to take leadership positions in coding and STEM-related fields,” says Cornwall.

The aspiring video game designer will attend California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) this fall to major in electronic arts.

“I’m looking forward to future opportunities in the fields of engineering and technology, especially with all of the interesting internships and jobs available in the field,” says Cornwall. “I also can’t wait to be a CSULB student and get my first taste of college independence.”

About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).