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STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

2/11/2022

Faith Aiken, a senior at Ridge View High School who takes specialized courses at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) Student Center, has been selected as a 2022 national recipient of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Aiken is one of 400 students nationwide being recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,500 talented young applicants.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition. A win for me is a win for all female students. One of my goals is to help illuminate hidden barriers to pave the way for more young women to be successful in engineering and technology,” said Aiken.

R2i2 Next Energy Engineering Instructor Kirstin Bullington says this is the first time Richland Two has had a student nationally recognized by NCWIT. “This is a huge honor and one that is well-deserved. Faith has demonstrated excellence in her STEM classes, earning Career and Technical Education completer status for engineering at Ridge View and taking four STEM classes at R2i2 in Mechanical Design 1 and 2, Clean Energy Systems, and Clean Energy Applications,” said Bullington. 

Aiken is also on the Ridge View robotics team. She was a student lead on R2i2's Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Team and served as a student facilitator in last year's Students for Equitable Education (SEE) Summit hosted by Digital Promise. In 2021, she received the South Carolina Affiliate of NCWIT regional award for Aspirations in Computing.

The R2i2 Student Innovation Center focuses on preparing students for the workplace, certification programs and/or higher education. Students in grades 10-12, from all five of the district’s high schools, take courses at R2i2 including App Development and Coding; Next Energy Engineering; Marketing and Social Media; Pastry and Baking; 3D Printing and Design; and Animation and B.E.A.T.S. (Beginning Engineering of Audio, Technology, and Sound).