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IWC has opened my eyes to new opportunities and career paths that I would not have previously considered. Additionally, my participation in the IWC organization has contributed to my growth and development, specifically my leadership, presentation and facilitation skills. IWC has not only given me important computer coding skills but also the necessary tools and the desire to continue to expand upon them.
My junior year was very busy. Some of the highlights were: being Junior Class President, the First Vice-President of our NAACP chapter and lettering in varsity basketball. I continued to participate in the Principal’s Student Leadership Team, MAC Sister Scholars (Minority Achievement Committee) and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards earning another Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Photography. There were new groups too: MSAN (Minority Student Achievement Network), the Homework Study Team and JFSA Know Abuse as a Peer Leader (Jewish Family Services Association). Outside of school, I joined NSBE Jr. (National Society of Black Engineers) and I am coding a website for the group. This summer, I was very fortunate to intern with Rockwell Automation’s Engineering Pathways Program (REPP). As one of only three high schoolers in this summer’s group of ten first-year interns, I spent my eight weeks coding, researching and learning. It feels great to know that I was part of creating useful work product for an industry leader like Rockwell. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all I did without everything I learned from IndeedWeCode. The skills IWCers acquire are education-forward, confidence builders and careerwise. As a founding member of IWC, I am proud to continue to serve as the student website manager. IWC complements school life and puts us on a path to successful adulthood. This year, I am thrilled to be the NAACP President and I will also serve as a tutor for my school’s Academic Resource Center. Senior classes include Honors Engineering, AP Calculus, English through Tri-C/College Credit Plus and Digital Design through the Kenyon Academic Partnership with Kenyon College.
What I like about IndeedWeCode is that it offers greater opportunities for real world jobs and you meet new people in the process. IWC has taught me more things about coding than I could imagine. It opens so many opportunities for us girls and I’m so thankful to be a part of this group of coders. My internship at Rockwell is my summer opportunity to learn as much coding as I can and gain work experience for my future. I am thankful to have this internship that I could not have attained without the help from IndeedWeCode and Excellence of A Pearl.
At Bowling Green State University, I study Mathematics with a specialization in Actuarial Science. I am an Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management intern at Parker Hannifin Corporate – Global Headquarters.The Parker Hannifin Corporation is a global idol in the engineering world that focuses on motion and control technologies. My day to day experience at my internship entails working with facilities globally to ensure that Parker employees/sites are prevented from risk and practicing environmental safety.
I am a member of the the original IndeedWeCode Advanced Cohort. I am an AP and honor roll student and have been all throughout high school. I am the President of Public Speaking Club and a MAC Sister Scholar Mentor (Minority Achievement Committee). I am also varsity cross country runner and hurdler for our track team. I lettered in both freshman year. This summer I am interning at NASA where I am utilizing my coding skills. I feel very blessed and hope to continue inspiring other young African American women to strive for success.
I am a member of the National Junior Beta Club and the Academy of Hope robotics team. I have received all A’s since I have been in school. I have played on a travel volleyball team, sang in my school choir, and currently play the viola. I sang the national anthem at my school’s eighth grade graduation and also for minor league baseball at a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game.
I played volleyball this past school year and our team won second place. When I was younger, I played the piano for about 4 or 5 years. In the future, I would like to be a pediatric nurse.
I have been playing the drums since the second grade. This past school year I was involved in an afterschool program that taught acting and drama. My future goals are to become a veterinarian and to own a pet shop.
I like to sing and cook. I plan to major in Culinary Arts in college. I decided to join this group because I wanted to learn more about coding and everything that goes into it. I loved this program and how everyone here wants each other to succeed and do great things.
This is my first year with IndeedWeCode, however this is not my first introduction to the STEM field. I have studied computers and robotics in the past both at camps and in school. I’m interested in matriculating further into the STEM field and I am considering studying computer science and law in college. I am an A Better Chance Scholar and a member of NSBE Jr,. I have studied the violin for 6 years and am currently a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Also, I am a member of Excellence of a Pearl, Founder of I Art Cleveland, and am involved in a host of other extracurricular activities. I am extremely excited about becoming a part of the IWC family.
This is my first year at IndeedWeCode. I like to ride my bike and increase my knowledge on investing and finances. I want to learn how to create websites so I can apply for an internship at NASA.
I enjoy music, biking, cooking and softball. I play in my school’s jazz and marching bands. I also play on our softball team. I decided to apply for IndeedWeCode because I’d been interested in learning coding for a while and wanted to learn more about it.
This year, I played varsity golf in the fall and lettered in varsity track and field during the spring. I also received academic honors throughout the whole year and am the co-president of the junior class. I am an active member of Antioch Baptist Church, where I am the president of our Baptist Youth Fellowship. Also, I am a member of the choir and assist in teaching the children’s church.
I am in a mentoring group called Excellence of a Pearl. We are similar to a sisterhood. This is my first year being apart of the mentoring group. I’m also a part of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). An accomplishment I am proud of is that I finished junior year with over 20 credits. I took part in creating a rally called, “Take Back the Night ” for the Cleveland Heights community. I was very proud with passing a college writing class I took. My professional goals are to graduate high school, find what I want to major in, go to a great college, and find the job for me.
I am on the executive board of the Black Cultural Awareness Club and am an active member of the Student Worldwide Activist Group. I have beenhave lettered each year as well. I am apart of the annual Dance Concert at my school that will be performed during the second week of March. Additionally, during nSpring Break I will be going to Japan with my school for two weeks to walk on the Nakasendo Highway, and explore Tokyo. For my outside of school activities, I am currently President of the Teen group of the Cleveland Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc., and I was previously the Recording Secretary for our chapter. I have been an active member in the Cleveland Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. since the 6th and still am to this day. During my time in the Cleveland Chapter teen group, I have been to many MI/OH Clusters, and Teen Leadership Conferences alongside other Mid-Western Jack and Jill Chapters. Furthermore, I had the honor of representing my Chapter alongside our Teen Legislative Chair, and a few other Cleveland Chapter teens at the Legislative On the Hill Summit in Washington, D.C. Another one of my main outside of school activities is IndeedWeCode. I have been with IndeedWeCode since the very start of the program in 2015. IndeedWeCode has helped me in so many different ways: problem solving, career choices, jobs, etc. This amazing program for us black girls who are interested in Tech has been a key component in what I want to do when I get older, career wise. I have had so many opportunities from being in IndeedWeCode; whether that be internships, teaching opportunities, meeting black women in tech fields, and etc.
My name’s Amber Ellington and I’m a rising senior at Solon High School. I play cello in orchestra and I play alto saxophone in band. I’m also in a mentoring group called Excellence of a Pearl. This is my second and also last year participating in Indeed We Code.
I act, write, dance, choreograph, sing, and I am a musician. This past year in my computer science class I worked on code.org and scratch.