INDIANAPOLIS — Twin Lakes High School students Akina Lindley, Codie Clark and Izabell Woodhouse have received national honorable mention awards for their aspirations in computing.

The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, OneAmerica, Women and Hi-Tech, Society for Information Management-Indianapolis Chapter, and Indiana University recognizes 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 24 award recipients and 25 honorable mentions were selected from high schools across the state for their aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Each award recipient will receive $250 and two engraved awards — one for the student and one for her school’s trophy case.

Lindley’s interest in technology began after watching a documentary on cyber security. She has since passed three MTA certifications and is a member of several cyber security clubs.

In her future career, Lindley would like to work in cyber security or use technology to fix environmental issues. Upon graduating from high school, she plans to pursue a four-year degree.

A design class taken in her freshman year is what inspired Clark’s love for technology. She has a passion for design and wants to help revamp the typographical design elements of her small tourist town to help make things more appealing.

Clark is the chair of the makeup crew for her school’s theater program, a makeup artist for the local amusement park, and a volunteer at Happy Tails Animal Shelter. Upon graduating from high school, she plans to pursue a degree in computer graphics and design.

Computer science seemed like a fun field so Woodhouse decided to try it. Now she’s a member of her school’s CyberPatriot team.

In her future career, she plans to be a computer forensics investigator working for the government. Upon graduating from high school, she plans to pursue a degree in computing.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology is a non-profit community of more than 850 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.