Mayfield High School Sophomore Mireya Sanchez-Maes has been selected by National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) as one of 41 national recipients of the 2018 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

“It’s great to see such a talented student being recognized for her achievements,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “We’re honored to have students like Mireya, who are already establishing themselves as leaders at the local, state and national level.”

As part of the recognition, Sanchez-Maes will receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip for herself and one parent to attend the National Award Ceremony, March 9 to 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“With over 3,600 applications, this year’s Aspirations Award competition was the biggest yet,” said Ammi Ludwick, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program Director. “We are so proud to welcome Mireya into the ranks of a very exclusive group of accomplished and inspiring young women who have won the National Award.”

Each year, the awards program recognizes U.S. high school women in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.

Arrowhead Park Early College High School Senior Catalina Sanchez-Maes, Mireya’s sister, and Centennial High School Senior Jillian Hughes were also recognized by the awards program in the honorable mention category. Earlier this month, Mireya also earned second place in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6917’s Voice of Democracy audio essay contest.

NCWIT is the only national non-profit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action, according to the NCWIT website.

Mireya is the daughter of Margaret Sanchez-Maes and Jim Maes, a health and physical education specialist with the district.

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808