Four Students Earn Awards for Women in STEM

Four Students Earn Awards for Women in STEM
Posted on 05/23/2024
Four Students Earn Awards for Women in STEM

The Dunbar High School Technology Academy is adding to its award-winning honors with four students recently honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award honors 9th-12th grade women for their computing-related interests and achievements and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Three students are being recognized as Regional Affiliate Winners. These students have significantly demonstrated interest and aptitude for computing.

  • E’neisha Gloade
  • Nishini Fernando
  • Re’Niyah Tape

And one a Regional Rising Star. Rising Stars embody the idea of aspirations and are encouraged to continue their exploration of the field.

  • Jael Sandy

E’nisha Gloade is a junior year at Dunbar and has a passion for 3-D Design and aspires to create change through video games and digital design. Nishini Fernando is sophomore and has been involved in robotics since sixth grade and plans to use her technical skills in the field of medicine. Re’Niyah Tape is a member of Dunbar’s Technology Student Association and is planning to study either Computer Science, Information Systems or Information Technology. Rising Star Jael Sandy is a 9th grader and is working on her CompTIA ITF+ certification.

"As a woman in tech, my goal is to be a role model for aspiring young ladies to pursue greatness in technology related fields,” said Dunbar’s IT Programs Manager and Lead Technology Teacher Denise Spence. “These talented young ladies will be our future technologist and I am very proud that they are on the right pathway to change the industries talent pool.”

Award recipients were selected from more than 3,300 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Each Regional Affiliate Award recipient receives recognition and prizes that includes induction into the AiC Community, a national network of peers supported by professionals and volunteers.

NCWIT is the farthest-reaching network of change leaders focused on advancing innovation by correcting underrepresentation in computing. NCWIT convenes, equips, and unites more than 1,500 change leader organizations nationwide to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. Find out more at