Lyons technology runner-up

Sara Lyons with her award.

By Erin Roetker

A good essay can go a long way. Senior Sara Lyons was encouraged by her teacher, Mrs. Wendlandt, to enter the National Center for Women and Information Technology competition in the fall. Lyons won National Runner Up for Washington.

The NCWIT honors young women at the high school level for their computing related achievements and interests. The people who win are selected by their ability in the computing field, leadership, academic history and plans for their future.

Lyons is interested in becoming a 3D animator. β€œ I would love to work for Pixar someday,” Lyons mentions. She is taking every step necessary towards her dreams. As of now, Lyons is enrolled in AP 3D Animation and through this competition several colleges have contacted her. The two colleges that have been dominantly pursuing her are Cornish College of the Arts and Pacific University.

In addition to having the tittle of The National Runner Up for Washington there will be a follow up award ceremony in April for the final decision on who will win the grand prize, which includes $500 in cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina and an engraved crystal award for both the student and the student’s school. β€œIt really is an honor to win this award. This is the first time I have ever won a contest,” Lyons said.

Best of luck to Sara Lyons and congratulations on all of her great achievements.