Westside Middle School students selected for Code Crush Experience
Six Westside Middle School students have been selected for UNO’s Code Crush in the 17-18 school year, an Immersion Experience encouraging interest and experience in emerging IT fields for 8th and 9th grade girls throughout the Midwest.
Erin Mosier, Kori Dyche, Jenna Liakos, and Claire Wing are the latest members of an elite group of Westside Middle School students accepted to take part in this experience, selected in Fall 2017. For several days in November, they stayed at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where they checked out the IT departments of global corporations, meet women professionals who are engaged in IT, visited the behind-the-scenes of local attractions and as a special treat, attended a Maverick hockey game.
“Since the inception of CodeCrush in 2013, Westside Middle School has been represented in this prestigious girls only immersion program,” said Kristen Job, Secondary Excellence in Youth Coordinator for Westside Community Schools. “The networking these girls are exposed to at such an early age, the hands-on knowledge they gain and just the fun and excitement of being with like minded peers is an invaluable experience. I am so excited that once again WMS will be represented by such amazing kids!”
Only 32 students were accepted into the 2017 Code Crush program in Fall 2017. All four of Westside’s students had to apply for the event; all of their expenses are paid for.
In March 2018, two more Westside students were selected for Code Crush: WHS freshman Raeanne Saldo and WMS student Chainey Thompson. They toured Omaha businesses emphasizing technology, and they visited UNO departments including robotics, bioinformatics and digital forensics.
At Westside Middle School, the students are supported by Job, as well as Westside Middle School Business and Technology teacher Kristeen Shabram and Crystal Bolamperti. All are regional leaders and award winning educators in innovative STEM teaching.