Aspirations Awards In the News: 2 Eden Prairie students win computer science awards
Published March 24, 2016 at 6:01 am

Eden Prairie High School seniors Taylor Del Vecchio and Abigail Rechkin were among the 30 Minnesota high school girls named winners and runners-up in the fourth annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing awards, hosted by Advance IT Minnesota.

Fifteen winners and 15 runners-up were chosen to receive the prestigious honor based on their interests, accomplishments and community involvement in computing and technology, as well as for their aspirations in computing and technology-related fields.

“What makes computer science interesting is that it is a challenge in and of itself,” said Del Vecchio, a state winner this year. “Taking a problem and trying to find a way – the best way – to solve it is a huge part of programming. It is challenging, it makes me think. That’s what I love about it.”

“What makes computer science interesting is that it is a challenge in and of itself. Taking a problem and trying to find a way – the best way – to solve it is a huge part of programming. It is challenging, it makes me think. That’s what I love about it.”

–Taylor Del Vecchio, 2016 Minnesota Aspirations Award Recipient

Del Vecchio said she tried many fields of study before settling on computer science: architecture, graphic design, computer engineering.

“But, when I began learning HTML, I found something I really understood. Still, it wasn’t until my Intro to Computer Science class that I found out it was something really loved,” Del Vecchio said.

Abigail Rechkin, a runner-up this year, said she became interested in computer science two years ago when she attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

“I learned about the versatility of computer science and its role in various fields including medicine, film and marketing,” she said.

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Taylor Del Vecchio, 2016 Minnesota Aspirations Award Recipient. (Submitted photo)

Abigail Reckon, 2016 Minnesota Aspirations Award Runner Up Honoree. (Submitted photo)

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