Posted Date: 06/03/2020
Mid-America Technology Center Pre-Engineering student Madelynn Meeks has received the Honorable Mention NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes high school students for their interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.
“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.
A total of 17 award recipients were selected from high schools across Oklahoma for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
Madelynn, a 2020 graduate of Newcastle High School, aspires to be an aerospace engineer. In order to achieve her future goals, Madelynn sought out STEM programs and enrolled in rigorous courses most high school students shy away from.
She was a five-year member of her school’s FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team, Team Medusa, where she assisted in designing, building, and driving the robot for competitions. She also maintained the team’s engineering notebook.
While in high school, Madelynn was a member of the National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, and named the 2019-2020 Outstanding Pre-Engineering student at Mid-America Technology Center. She also participated in concurrent enrollment, where she earned 21 hours of college credit.
Madelynn will begin classes at the University of Oklahoma this fall, pursuing her goal of becoming an Aerospace Engineer. In addition, she plans on obtaining an internship, which will further her knowledge and give her experience on the job.
She hopes her education and experience will lead to a position working at NASA. As Madelynn states, “I want to go into space. I want to find the end of the universe, and that is what I have set my heart on.”