Sophomore Emma Koslow was recently awarded an honorable mention from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The award is given to women in grades 9-12 for demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education. Koslow was one of 350 students—from more than 3,500 applicants—to have received an honorable mention. According to computer science teacher Joan Mruk, "It’s really impressive for Emma to have been recognized, especially as a sophomore. The majority of the applicants are juniors and seniors, and the application process itself is fairly rigorous. Students need to have the backing of a technology teacher; they cannot simply apply." Koslow currently studies AP Computer Science with Mruk, who encouraged the sophomore to apply for the NCWIT award and backed her application.
Koslow traces her love of computers and technology back to her early childhood. At four, she liked to make PowerPoints and short videos. At six, she was designing and developing websites, and by age eight, Koslow had started teaching herself basic programming, using Kids Ruby and Scratch. As a ninth-grader at Gill, Koslow studied advanced coding and she is now the youngest girl in AP Computer Science. In addition, she is the student founder of the Girls Who Code Club and a member of the robotics team. This summer, she hopes to study advanced application development at the Harvard Secondary School Summer Program. "It is remarkable to have a sophomore so engaged with Computer Science," says Mruk.
When asked about the future, Koslow says, "I would like to develop applications to help individuals with brain and movement disorders." In the meantime, she has every intention of continuing her work with computer science throughout her Upper School career at Gill and in college.
While Koslow received an honorable mention in the national NCWIT competition, the results from the New Jersey competition will be announced in the first week of February. Stay tuned!
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.