Photo courtesy of Mamkschools: “Lucie le Blanc is humbled to win prestigious tech award “
Lucie le Blanc ‘17 will be honored at the Third Annual Women in Technology Awards for her achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Her focus on making coding and computer science more accessible to students has earned her this special recognition. Historically, fewer women have been involved in STEM fields than men. The Westchester County Association, the organization responsible for creating these awards, hopes to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers and shed light on the challenges females face in the workplace.
Le Blanc holds a very strong interest in coding and dedicated the past two summers to improving her skills. She was a part of the Girls Who Code Program during the summer of 2015, working at AT&T in New York City. She has also constructed a web service to help teens manage their money prior to college and worked with the Village of Larchmont to help redesign their website. She hopes to continue to pursue her coding passion in college, with the possibility of majoring in computer science. While le Blanc is extremely devoted to coding, she is also a very well-rounded student, accomplished in orchestra and co-president of TriM, the high school’s music honors society.
Le Blanc was nominated for her work in co-founding the Code Club last year, which partnered with the Flatiron School to teach students with no experience the basics of coding. This club eventually merged with the Computer Science Club and has taught upwards of 20 students. This year, le Blanc is the co-president of the club. She continues to help students improve their coding skills and prepare for competitions locally, regionally and nationally.
Le Blanc stated, “This award has been a humbling experience, I’m really honored to receive such a prestigious award… It is kind of intimidating since I’m the only high school student awarded this, [but] I’m looking forward to meeting the other women.” The Westchester County Association will be holding a luncheon next month in honor of the recipients of the award. For her success in bringing coding to our MHS community, Lucie le Blanc is much deserving of this impressive honor.
By Rebecca Marcus and Emily Renner