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High School Student Was Recognized for Technological Achievements


Congratulations to Xinyi (Cindy) Zhang! Belmont High School student was chosen as a 2017 Notional Honorable Mention recipient of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Xinyi (Cindy) ZhangXinyi is a senior at Belmont High School. Throughout her academic career, the STEM classes she has taken has helped her develop a passion for problem solving, which she applies to her coding. Thanks to the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, she gained experience in a variety of programming languages such as Python, C++, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Her group’s final project, a website that serves as a virtual teaching assistant was handpicked to be presented at the 2016 Amazon Web Services re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas. Capable of facilitating class discussions and instantaneously generating groups, her website is currently hosted on Elastic Beanstalk and can be found at kokuaed.com. Xinyi is also an instructor at her local Girls Who Code Club at the Belmont Public Library. By teaching middle school and high school girls the fundamentals of programming, she is proud to play her own role in closing the gender gap in technology. Outside of coding, Xinyi is also captain of the Belmont High School Science Olympiad team, a teaching assistant for AP Chemistry, and a member of the Belmont High School Quiz Show team. Xinyi is planning on studying computer science in college, and is currently fielding offers from universities.






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