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Senior Wins Computing Award, Volunteers with Young Coders

Jessica Thoelke poses with her award.

Congratulations to Jessica Thoelke, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School who was recognized as a 2016 St. Louis Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The St. Louis Affiliate Selection Committee chose Jessica for her computing-related aspirations and for her “demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; solid leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.”

Thoelke was one of almost 2,100 young women who became an Affiliate Award recipient this season! Only 10 young women were from the St. Louis Area.

Jessica’s application included completing sections about her academics (GPA, honors), her extracurricular activities and her leadership experiences. She reported how she was proficient in various aspects of programming, like coding languages. She also submitted three essays: one about her computing experience, one about her leadership experience and another about her future pursuits.

Jessica’s interests have also led her to volunteer within the Ladue School District, helping young minds cultivate a love for coding and design. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Jessica led the implementation of Code RED into an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at Ladue Middle School. Code RED is a K-12 STEM curriculum that provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in areas like software development, web design, mobile applications and game design, among others.

Jessica will attend Washington University next fall to study Physics and/or Engineering, both of which will include computing and technology.

Last year, Jessica was a runner-up for the award.

An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 7 at Saint Louis University in the Sinquefeld Room on the fourth floor of DuBourg Hall.