2021 Certificate of Distinction Honorees – Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected 43 Certificate of Distinction Honorees with strong scores, as evidenced by their outstanding engagement in a variety of technology and leadership experiences provided by their high school, community partners, and through online learning experiences.


Special thanks to General Mills for hosting and leading an exclusive learning and recognition event on Saturday, April 24th for the 2021 Certificate of Distinction honorees.

The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Committee congratulates the following 43 young women from Minnesota High Schools for being recognized as a Certificate of Distinction Honoree.


Anoka High School

  • Salma Urrutia, Senior


Blaine High School

  • Elena Que, Senior


Breck School, Golden Valley

  • Trisha Samba, Sophomore


Burnsville High School

  • Julia Osmolski, Freshman
  • Zakia Essa, Junior


Century High School, Rochester

  • Franziska Rinkleff, Sophomore
  • Ann Scripture, Senior


Convent of the Visitation School, Mendota Heights

  • Noelle Wang, Senior


Coon Rapids High School

  • Zabibu Rukia, Senior


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minneapolis

  • Danyanara Rivera Dorantes, Senior

Eagan High School

  • Clare Dixon, Sophomore
  • Morgan Madsen, Senior
  • Saanvi Malhotra, Senior


Eastview High School, Apple Valley

  • Ria Koppikar, Junior


Eden Prairie High School

  • Priyanka Kopuru, Junior


Edina High School

  • Preeti Priyadarshini, Junior
  • Elizabeth Glieden, Junior


Edison High School, Minneapolis

  • Nasteho Abdi, Senior


Fertile-Beltrami Secondary

  • Abby Fuglseth, Senior


Higher Ground Academy, St. Paul

  • Anisa Ismael, Junior
  • Asha Abdi, Senior

John Marshall High School, Rochester

  • Lucy Rubin, Senior
  • Alexandra Rolli, Senior


Minnetonka High School

  • Maya Moy, Senior


Mounds View High School

  • Gwendolyn Brandt, Sophomore
  • Jennie Cheng, Senior
  • Leigha Wood, Sophomore


North Woods School, Cook

  • Katrina Jackson, Junior


Open World Learning Community, St. Paul

  • Isabella Graziani, Senior


Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis

  • Ayub Osman, Senior

Rosemount High School

  • Tanvi Adige, Senior
  • Erin Doss-Johnson, Senior
  • Charley Hatterman, Junior
  • Bella Johnson, Junior
  • Gabrielle Ruth, Junior
  • Chelsea Stoner, Senior


Saint Anthony Village High School

  • Beatirz Arias, Junior


South High School, Minneapolis

  • Nixie Trierweiler, Senior


Spring Lake Park High School

  • Megan Mulrooney, Senior


St. Louis Park High School

  • Natashia Johannes, Junior
  • Faduma Mohamed, Junior


Totino-Grace High School, Fridley

  • Reema Ibrahim, Junior


Woodbury High School

  • Megan Rands, Senior


Rising Stars

Top-Tier Award Recipients

Teacher Honorees

For more information about the Aspirations in Computing Awards program visit:  Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards


2021-2020 Program Sponsors & Partners

We are especially grateful to our financial sponsors who provide funding for year-round Aspirations and SPARCS programming for award honorees, as well as, hundreds of young women from Minnesota secondary schools.

MNAiC financial sponsors:

Target, SPS Commerce, Land O’Lakes, Optum, General Mills, STEM Fuse, Veritas Technologies, Minnesota Twins, National Center for Women and Information Technology, Unisys, Stoneridge Software, Prime Therapeutics, Information Systems Security Association, and Securian.