Caroline Balick, a Kinnelon High School junior, received recognition from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) winning an Affiliate Honorable Mention Award. The award ceremony took place at Kean University on April 2, 2019. Aspiration award recipients are selected based on their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, leadership skills, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.
Caroline Balick founded and runs a Girls Who Code Club at Kinnelon Library. Caroline embraces Girls Who Code's mission to close the gender gap in technology. She served as a teaching assistant this summer at Dartmouth College for the GenCyber cybersecurity program. She also participated in the AI4ALL program at Princeton University where she gained valuable exposure to artificial intelligence including working on a project about artificial intelligence and fake news. Caroline reaches out to younger girls to encourage their involvement in STEM and computer science. She has participated twice as an exhibitor at the Young Women in STEM conference (YWC) at Princeton University. The YWC engages girls in grades 7-10 giving them exposure to STEM careers. Caroline also wrote an article about the implications of digital technology in human trafficking for Girls Who Code and she has spoken on behalf of the organization throughout New Jersey. Caroline looks forward to exploring career opportunities relating to computer science, technology and biology. She hopes to be a part of a future where women are equally represented in technology careers and she is honored to have received recognition from NCWIT.