Las Cruces student earns national computer science award

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One Las Cruces student is receiving national attention for her work in computer science.

According to a news release, Breanna Widner, a senior at Las Cruces High School, earned the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Widner received the award after placing among the top 40 students in a national competition.

“Breanna is really dedicated and has a grasp of computer science that has made her a mentor to her peers,” Widner’s computer science teacher, Lauren Curry, said. “Not a lot of high school students have that capability. She also spends a lot of time working on it.

According to Curry, Widner has been working with computers for years and has attended summer camps and classes throughout middle and high school.

“We are certainly proud of Breanna’s accomplishments and her passion for technology,” Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing said. “To see one of our students being recognized on a national level is extremely gratifying, and we know that she has a bright future ahead of her.”

According to LCPS officials, Widner and the other award recipients will receive various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters in March for a celebration and networking event.

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