Topeka High senior wins NCWIT computing award
A Topeka High senior has received a prestigious award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
Angelica Comahig takes classes at the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers. She received the Aspirations in Computing award from NCWIT.
Comahig’s passion for computers and technology started when she was younger and it's only grown.
“In middle school we didn’t really have much of a chance to go into computer classes so I did a lot of online learning,” Comahig said. “Once I got into high school, I met with Hageman and I took her multimedia class and that was there where I started to work with her and go up the chain and become the Topeka High Web Master.”
Her love for computers brought her to the Web and Digital Communication pathway at TCALC.
Teacher Anne Hageman said Comahig’s NCWIT award can inspire up and coming students interested in computers.
"She is very talented, but coupled with really hard work, she has achieved so much more than people realize they can do in high school,” Hageman said. “It’s inspirational for all the kids, but particularly for the girls who don’t realize they can do just as well as the guys."
Comahig says she feels slight pressure being recognized alongside so many others, but it's also motivation.
"That pressure definitely makes me stressed out, but it also drives me to do it,” Comahig said. “These people, they didn't just become successful overnight. They worked towards it and i have to do the same."
Comahig plans to major in computer science. After college she wants to go into the web development and web design fields.