20 February 2020
De La Salle congratulates Kayla Roman-Flores ’20 who has been chosen the winner of the 2020 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award.
The NCWIT honors young women in high school who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. Awards for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.
Roman-Flores will receive her accolade on April 5, 2020 at the NCWIT Affiliate Award Celebration at 1 pm in the Science Center Building at Lewis University in Romeoville. Roman was nominated for the award by De La Salle faculty member Diniah Dean.
“I have watched Kayla grow from a quiet freshman to an outstanding leader in this year’s senior class,” Dean said. “She works so hard and excels at whatever she puts her mind to. Kayla is the current President of Girls Who Code and a leader in WiSTEM (Women’s Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
“Her love for technology truly inspires me. I nominated her for this award because of her leadership and passion for technology. I am so proud of her.”
Roman-Flores is enrolled in the Honors Program at De La Salle and is ranked in the top 10 percent of the Class of 2020. She will attend Lake Forest College where she will major in Computer Science with the career goal of becoming a software engineer.
“Winning this award is really cool,” Roman-Flores said. “When Ms. Dean nominated me and I applied, I thought about it pretty much every day. When I was told that I won, I was very happy.
“The computer science program here at De La Salle is important to me. There are so many activities for students to do. This is something I’m so passionate about. This is something I can begin pursuing at such a young age.”
Congratulations, Kayla, on your award and your many achievements! Everyone at De La Salle is very proud of you!
PHOTO ID: Kayla Roman-Flores ’20, Diniah Dean