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Computer Science students recognized


The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards has recognized Claire Jensen and Ayuntu Hundessa for their multi-faceted approach to studies in computer science. Both are members of the first AP Computer Science class taught at South. Their instructor is math teacher Mr. Karl Griffin.

See all 2018 Aspirations in Computing Honorees | Read more about Jensen and Hundessa below.

South High sophomore, CLAIRE JENSEN is a State Honorable Mention recipient. Claire's passion for STEM began in 4th grade, when she was invited to the University of Minnesota for a Girls Excel in Math program. Claire applied and was accepted to an all-girls STEM program called Girls Inc. Through labs, field trips, and an internship, this 5-year program continues to introduce her to the possibilities of STEM, and where it can take her. During freshman year, Claire was one of 200 high school students internationally selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute––with a paper she wrote on food security in Bolivia. She traveled to Des Moines, where she was named a Borlaug Scholar. Claire is enrolled in AP Computer Science Principles, which is the first computer science class at her high school. She recruited students to the first all-girls coding club at South, Sisters-n-Technology. Currently, Claire is learning JavaScript in class at school, and refining her HTML and CSS skills outside of school. When she is not coding, Claire enjoys reading, and listening to music and playing sports––snowboarding in the winter, and sprinting with her track and field team in the spring. Claire looks forward to a future in computer or environmental science.
South High junior, AYANTU HUNDESSA is a MACA State Honorable Mention receipient. As Ayuntu began high school, she was unsure of the electives she'd take. Her parents encouraged her to enroll in an Intro to Engineering class. She didn’t expect to feel passionate about it, but did and went on to enroll in the Principles of Engineering class the following year. Ayantu says she enjoys what she is doing, and is now taking AP Computer Science "just for fun." After high school, Ayantu plans to pursue a college degree program in a STEM-based field.