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Computer prowess earns teen national recognition

Peyton Puckett

Peyton Puckett, a senior at Munster High School, was recently named a state runner-up for the Aspirations in Computing Award by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Puckett competed nationally with other female students and was recognized for her interest in information technology and her academic history. Munster High School received a Sphero robot for programing classes in recognition of the honor.

“As a technology fanatic, I plan to use technology as a means to help solve nationwide issues,” Puckett said.

“There is a wide gender gap in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce. As a whole, women hold less than 25 percent of STEM-related jobs. Since females are underrepresented, I hope that I can make significant contributions and inspire other females to do the same.”

Puckett has taken multiple computer classes at MHS, including AP Computer Science, Web Design and C++ Programming. She also serves as president of the MHS Robotics Team.

“To me, computer science is more than just learning how computers work the way they do. I think of it as a subject that teaches you to understand the fine details, from basic programming to complex circuits, and even simple counting,” she said.

“I’ve learned from computer science that there is no wrong way to go about solving a problem,” she added.

While undecided on her college choice, Puckett plans to major in computer science with a focus in software development.

She is currently employed as a youth golf instructor for First Tee of Hammond, and is gaining computer experience as an intern with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

To nominate someone for this feature, contact kimberly.a.cheek@gmail.com.

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