Burnsville High School sophomore Alexis Bunnell and ninth-grader Jayden Farah both received the Aspirations in Computing Award: Rising Star distinction from the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence. The awards honor young women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and are intended to encourage the next generation of women in the state’s computer and technology industry.
Along with recognition, honorees are awarded prizes ranging from tech devices to job shadow experiences and mentorships to paid summer internships and more.
Alexis says she likes the logical aspects of technology, and the fact that it can be used to transform ideas into virtual creations that can be shared.
“Most of all, I like teaching others about technology, especially girls,” she said. “I hope to show girls the capability they have to make a difference in the now male-dominated technology field.”
Jayden says she has always had a love for taking things apart and putting them back together, and she’s appreciated the opportunity to learn more through the computing classes at Burnsville High School.
Alexis and Jayden took part in a special celebration and personal development event on April 17 put on by local technology company Cray at the Mall of America.