The Arkansas Academy of Computing (AAoC) is looking for outstanding students who have demonstrated their commitment to Computer Science education to recognize as 2021 Computer Science Students of Distinction (CSSoD).
The CCSoD was established in 2020 by the Academy in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to highlight high school juniors and seniors each year for their achievements in computer science (CS) education.
The CCSoD program is open to students currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in an Arkansas public, private, or home school. The following criteria are used to select the recipients of this award:
- Computer Related Academic Achievement
- Competitive Achievement
- Personal Achievement
- Service Achievement
Because of the inaugural program’s success, many more partners have joined with the Academy and ADE this year. For the 2021 program, new partners in CCSoD include Arkansas CSforAll, the Arkansas Computer Science Teacher Association, the Arkansas STEM Coalition, and the Arkansas Community Foundation.
“The Arkansas Academy of Computing was founded to advocate for the positive impact that computing and information technology education can have on our state, our communities, and the people of Arkansas,” said Eugene Jones, President of AAoC. “The CCSoD program is an inspiring way to do that at the beginning of this ‘pipeline’ of innovation and vocational skills development. These students will lead us into the next wave of our rapidly changing world. We are especially grateful that so many other great partners also see this program as a powerful and positive opportunity for the students of Arkansas.”
For more information, including a link to the application, please visit: https://arkansasacademyofcomputing.wildapricot.org/CSSoD
The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm, May 31, 2021.
To see the inaugural honorees of CCSoD, visit: https://arkansasacademyofcomputing.wildapricot.org/Computer-Science-Students-of-Distinction/
About the Arkansas Academy of Computing
Founded in 2006, the Arkansas Academy of Computing recognizes persons who have made significant and sustained contributions to the computing industry with ties to the State of Arkansas. The Academy also provides scholarships to students pursuing degrees in computer technology fields at Arkansas Institutions of Higher Education and promotes technology education and jobs at all levels.