HPA’s Twigg-Smith wins Hawaii NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award

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Hannah Twigg-Smith

Hannah Twigg-Smith, a senior at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, has received the 2014 Hawaii NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

A total of six award-winners were selected from high schools across Hawaii for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The students will be recognized at an award ceremony on April 22 at the University of Hawaii Queen Liliuokalani Center on Oahu.

Twigg-Smith is very involved with sports and research at HPA. She is a member of the school’s swimming/diving and water polo teams and is working on a number of research projects at the school’s Energy Lab. Her projects include work with the Imiloa Astronomy Center, creating the first virtual reality tours of all 11 Big Island observatories, development of a sleep apnea detection sensor, and most recently, collaboration with a drone team creating aerial, surface, and underwater VR scenes of coastal habitats.

Twigg-Smith recently presented her work at Macworld/iWorld 2014 in San Francisco and at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino.