School News – February 27

North student honored

Emma Cooper, a sophomore at Columbus North High School, was among two dozen high school women honored for achievements in computing and technology. She was a recipient of the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) on Jan. 25.

The 24 honored students are eligible to compete for the national award. At the regional level, the 24 students will receive $250 from Women & HiTech and Society Information Management. They also will receive scholarship offers from Indiana University, IUPUI, Purdue University, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, DePauw University, Harrison College and Notre Dame.

Cooper and the other students were recognized for computing-related achievement through an annual competition that selects winners for outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

Cooper is a self-taught coder and is passing on her skills to her younger siblings. She is interested in the ability of technology to help young people cope with the stresses in life and provide them an opportunity to receive the help they need. She also is interested in finding innovative ways to improve the lives of those suffering from medical issues through technology. Cooper plans to pursue a degree in computer programming with a focus in game design and development.

West Point offering leadership experience

Applications are being accepted from high school juniors for the annual Summer Leaders Experience at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

The Summer Leaders Experience includes academics (available by selecting mini-courses in various subjects), daily military training and athletic and social activities. All participants stay in cadet barracks and receive meals in the Cadet Mess Hall. Participants must pay their own travel expenses, plus a $400 registration fee to cover food, workshop materials and West Point apparel.

High school juniors are eligible as long as they have:

  • A PSAT score of 60 or higher, SAT scores of 600 or higher and/or ACT scores of 28 or higher in most categories.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Athletic ability, including both endurance and strength.

If interested in applying, sent an email to Captain Nate LaMar at [email protected] by March 15. About 1,000 high school juniors from across the nation will be accepted.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college. It consistently ranks among the top five colleges in the nation.