Two Standout Students from Wayzata High School are out to break the mold when it comes to the male-dominated field of computer science.
Seniors Ana Pooley and Amelia Rolf are both winners of "Aspirations For Women in Computing Awards." They are two of 11 young women in the state who received the computing awards. Amelia won at the state level, while Ana won at both the state and national level.
In their class at Wayzata High School, the students type in code that's essentially a foreign language. But Ana and Amelia know what they're doing.
"Coding is a completely different way of looking at things and thinking," Amelia says. "I guess thinking is the biggest difference there is that you have to be able to think like a computer, which sounds weird, but isn't."
"I enjoy the puzzle aspect," Ana says. "When I was younger, I would spend hours upon hours just playing with my Rubik's cube and so the idea of programming and how it was similar to solve little puzzles appealed to me."
For both students, it's a passion that developed at a young age for a field that has struggled to get more women involved. Their computer science teacher, Tika Cude, says they are prime examples of how women can thrive in the field.
"To see the girls that are rewarded for their interest and to be rewarded for their accomplishments is huge," Cude says.
Yet for these students, their success is about more than getting awards. It's about doing something they enjoy, and hopefully inspring other young women along the way.