Girls Get IT Girl of the Year
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Girls Get IT, a signature program of the WIT Foundation, is focused on collaboration with the Georgia business and educational community to inspire girls in middle and high school to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Girls Get IT Girl of the Year award was created in 2012 as part of WIT’s commitment to support the entire lifecycle of a woman’s career in technology, and is presented annually as part of the Women of the Year in Technology Awards.
The Girl of the Year has demonstrated a strong interest in science, technology, engineering or math, has been fully engaged in one or more Girls Get IT programs for that year, is respectful and encouraging to others, is credited with exemplary performance in education and school citizenship, and has created a lasting and positive impression on a Girls Get IT sponsoring host company and WIT member. Scintel Technologies, Inc. has sponsored the award since its inception.
2013 Girls Get IT Girl of the Year: Annika Garbers
Annika has actively participated in six Girls Get IT Behind-the-Scenes programs this year, hosted by Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Chamberlain College of Nursing, McKesson, Turner Broadcasting and Georgia Pacific, the company that nominated her. She plans to attend a technical college for degrees in systems engineering and project management.
Annika combines home education with programs offered through GAEPH (Georgia Enrichment Program for Homeschoolers), where she maintains a 4.2 GPA and participates in school academic clubs such as the National Junior Classics League Latin Club and the National Homeschool Honor Society.
She co-captains and serves as lead programmer on a Girl Scout-sponsored FIRST Robotics team which has represented Georgia at the FIRST World Championship and has been in the top three teams in the state for the past three years. She has created and maintains the team website, geniusrobotics.com, and frequently updates the team’s YouTube channel with instructional and promotional videos she produces. She has also helped organize outreach events which introduce thousands of elementary and middle school students to robotics and STEM.
Annika also serves as Editor-in-Chief for two online magazine websites she created in sixth grade. She now manages over 70 staff members from around the world who collaborate to post articles and photos. She has also presented instructional sessions at DrupalCamp Atlanta since 2010.
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