2021 Rising Star Honorees –  Aspirations in Computing

2021 Rising Star Honorees – Aspirations in Computing

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Chosen by the Minnesota Aspirations committee, these 33 Rising Star Honorees demonstrate engagement in a mixture of technology education and leadership experiences, showing strong promise of future success in their pursuit of a technology education and career path.
Special thanks to MNAiC partner Minnesota Twins for hosting and leading an exclusive learning and recognition event on Saturday, May 1st for the 2021 Rising Star Honorees.


The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Committee congratulates the following young women from Minnesota High Schools for being recognized as a Rising Star Honoree.


Alexandria Area High School

  • Grace Nowling-Morgen, Senior

Apple Valley High School

  • Amy Tong, Sophomore

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School

  • Annika Heieie, Sophomore

Central High School, St. Paul

  • Asha Ward, Freshman

Eastview High School – Apple Valley

  • Rhea Rajvansh, Junior

  • Aishwarya Vinod, Senior

Edina High School

  • Fiona Shand, Junior

Edison High School, Minneapolis

  • Fatuma Abdi, Sophomore

John Marshall High School, Rochester

  • Ashley Villar, Sophomore

Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls

  • Abrianna Hanson, Sophomore

Math and Science Academy, Woodbury

  • Nalani Vang, Sophomore

Mounds View High School

  • Jacqueline Lee, Sophomore

MTS Minnesota Connections Academy

  • Alura Price, Sophomore

Open World Learning Community, St. Paul

  • Hiroko Zeleke, Freshman

Osseo Senior High School

  • Amber McGee, Senior

Rosemount High School

  • Ramani Arunachalam, Junior

  • Erin De Witt, Junior

  • Kaitlyn Hanley, Junior

  • Calli Maskel, Junior

  • Samantha Meznarich, Senior

Roseville Area High School

  • Amelie Nickel, Freshman

South High School, Minneapolis

  • Bianca Morcho, Senior

Southwest High School, Minneapolis

  • Emily Springer, Freshman

Spectrum High School, Elk River

  • Jezabel Dimaze, Freshman

  • Natalie Fischer, Sophomore

  • Claire Moritz, Junior

  • Caroline Person, Freshman

  • Kiley Trembath, Freshman

  • Kaylin Walters, Freshman

St. Louis Park High School

  • Sophie Davis, Junior

Waconia High School

  • Natalie Whitehead, Junior

Wayzata High School

  • Aditi Edpuganti, Sophomore

  • Wendy Meng, Sophomore

Definition of Award Designations

Every applicant is eligible to receive awards at both the National and Regional Affiliate tiers. The Award levels for 2020-21 include:

National Awards

  • Winner: Highest-achieving students selected to represent the rich diversity of applicants. Prior National Award Winners may not win this award more than once.

  • Honorable Mention: High-achieving students selected to represent the rich diversity of applicants.

  • Certificate of Distinction (CoD): Students who merit recognition and entry into the AiC Community.

Regional Affiliate Awards

  • Winner: Students who have significantly demonstrated interest and aptitude for computing.

  • Honorable Mention: Students who have demonstrated interest and aptitude for computing.

  • Rising Star: Students who may be starting out in their pursuit and study of computing. Rising Stars embody the idea of aspirations and are encouraged to continue their exploration of the field.

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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.


Certificate of Distinction Honorees

Teacher Honorees

Top Tier Award Winners

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