The Bay Area Affiliate of the National Center for Women in Information Technology recently awarded Los Altos High School senior Richelle Smith the “Aspirations in Computing” award and a scholarship at a banquet at the Tech Museum in San Jose.
Smith has studied many kinds of programming languages and has been a key member of Los Altos High’s Robotics Team for three years. She is interested in game programming and artificial intelligence and plans to pursue computer science in college.
“Richelle is an amazing young lady who has excelled at Los Altos High School and managed to take many college courses outside of high school,” said Karen Davis, Robotics Team adviser. “She is truly one of the most gifted and hardworking students I have seen in my career.”
Davis said that when the award opportunity came across her desk, she knew Smith “was perfect for it.”
“I am so happy that her talent was recognized by (the organization), and that women in the technical fields are being celebrated in this way,” Davis said. “At her awards dinner, industry leaders spoke about the wonderful opportunities that await women in computing, and I am sure Richelle will be one of those leaders herself in just a few years.”
Smith maintains a 4.76 grade-point average and has completed 321 units during her high school career.