Fiona Chow, a senior at Burnsville High School, is among recipients of a Minnesota Aspirations in Computer Award presented to young women for their technology-related interests and achievements.
Along with recognition, honorees are awarded prizes ranging from tech devices to job shadow experiences and mentorships to paid summer internships and more.
The award is presented by the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence to recognize and encourage the next generation of women in the state’s computer/IT industry.
“Fiona’s future aspirations include attending college and pursuing a degree in computer science/engineering,” said her teacher, Cindy Drahos, who nominated Fiona for the award. “Because of her motivation and enthusiasm for this career field and great business ethics, Fiona has a bright future ahead of her.”
Other recent awards and achievements of Fiona include:
Participant in the Advancing Sciences | Fusion Grant Challenge at Target Field in February. Fifteen high schools were selected to represent their school in the STEM field.
TWIST EPIC Award from Target Corporation's Women in Science & Technology this past October for her dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
One of three founders of the Women in STEM Club that was created to encourage and support girls interested in STEM careers.
First place in the U.S. Congressional App Challenge for the Second District in 2015 for the mobile app, Birdsong, she developed with another student.
In addition, Fiona is actively involved in many school activities such as 2018 Senior Class Officers, Burnsville Interact Club, National Honor Society, BurnsvilleStrong Leadership team, and three-year captain of the Burnsville Alpine Ski Team.
“In addition to being a great student, Fiona is a very mature, responsible and conscientious student,” said Drahos. “She is a great leader by example both inside and outside of the classroom.”