INDIANAPOLIS — Elkhart Memorial High School student Sadaja Riddick-Johnson has received the Indiana Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The award – sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), OneAmerica, Women & Hi Tech, Society for Information Management-Indianapolis Chapter, and Indiana University – recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

A total of 24 award recipients and 25 honorable mentions were selected from high schools across the state of Indiana for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Each award recipient will receive $250 and two engraved awards, one for the student and one for her school’s trophy case.

Sadaja’s credits her father’s knowledge and expertise in fixing computers with sparking her interest in and passion for technology. She first began her foray into the work of tech by making game servers upon which she and her friends could play and followed that up with soldering and repairing electrical components. She has a passion for cybersecurity and plans to make that her career. Upon graduating from high school, Sadaja plans to pursue a degree in computing.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit community of more than 850 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.

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