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FHS Senior Selected as a 2019 NJ Affiliate Winner of the National Center for Women in Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing

Erika Tan, a senior in the Medical Sciences Magnet Program at Freehold High School, has been selected as a 2019 New Jersey Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC).

The NCWIT honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Erika will be recognized at an awards ceremony this spring.

Through her years at Freehold High School, Erika has showcased her skills as an avid coder and the founder of an educational YouTube channel called Tangerine Education. Erika is interested in applying and teaching her knowledge to different communities around the world. Her programming skills have been honed through various personal projects, including—but not limited to—a Chrome extension that helps the visually impaired by reading website content out loud, a web application that translates YouTube videos from any language to another, and a set of machine learning algorithms that perform real-time litter detection using micro-drone surveillance. Erika was also a winner in the 2017 Google Code-In competition. She was one of 50 international grand prizewinners.

In college, Erika plans to major in computer science, while continuing to contribute to various open source projects, including a mobile app called PowerUp that she helped to develop for an organization founded by Anita Borg. In the future, Erika would love to extend her activism and take part in events promoting technology or the role of women in tech.

Erika Tan