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

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