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C-NS students and teacher honored by National Center for Women & Information Technology

Four Cicero-North Syracuse High School students and one teacher were recently named award-winners by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for aspirations in computing.  The NCWIT is an organization that promotes young women's involvements with technology and recognizes their aspirations with an annual award.

The NCWIT selected Gianna Germain, Madison King, and Morgan Steckler as “Aspirations in Computing” Upstate New York award-winners and Makenzie Simon as the “Rising Star” winner for Upstate NY. Additionally, C-NS teacher Matt Harbinger was named NCWIT’s Upstate New York Educator of the Year for 2019.

Makenzie Simon, Madison King, Gianna Germain and Matt Harbinger are pictured. Morgan Steckler was not present for the photograph.

The awards recognize high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Upstate New York winners will be recognized at a March 24 ceremony at Syracuse’s Museum of Science and Technology.
“We are incredibly proud that four of our students and one of our teachers received these prestigious awards,” said William LaClair, Executive Principal at C-NS High School “Fewer than 15 students from Upstate New York were selected for these awards and four of them were from right here at C-NS! This is truly a testament to the fact that we provide excellent opportunities for students in the field of computing.”

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.  Find out more at