EAPrep’s Globaloria Students Continue To Win Awards

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Grant recipient Laura Plascencio

The awards continue to roll in for East Austin College Prep‘s Globaloria Game Design Program. Every student at EAPrep in grades 6-9 attends the class where they learn to code and create an educational game. The program at EAPrep is teaching students not only the basics of coding, but also to be leaders among their peers.

Most recently, student body president Laura Plascencio received a grant from the Aspire IT Middle School Outreach Program Pilot Fund to lead a computing Summer camp for young women. Plascencio was the runner-up for the Central Texas NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

NCWITThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

All winners and runner-ups were eligible to apply for the Aspire IT grant. Plascencio is one of only 24 women from around the country to receive the grant. She will hold a camp in June for 22 local young women.

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“Endangerd Wolf” by Louis Benitez and Monica Balleza

In addition to the grant received by Plascencio, three other students have received awards for their Globaloria games this year. In 2012 Michael Alvarez  won a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award for his game “Ball World”. Now in 9th grade, Alvarez won the regional version of the Scholastic Award this year, called the Regional Gold Key Award for his game “Forest Rats”.

8th graders Louis Benitez and Monica Balleza also won the Regional Gold Key Award for their game “The Endangered Wolf”.

Congratulations to all the students for awards well earned!

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