SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Manya Trehan has been selected as a 2018 New Jersey Affiliate Honorable Mention award winner from the New Jersey Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). 

Trehan, a junior, was chosen for her outstanding aptitude and passion for information technology and computing, outstanding leadership, exceptional academic history, forward-thinking ability, and plans for post‑secondary education. 

Trehan, the founder and president of the first-year “Girls Who Code Club” at UC, will be recognized for her achievement at the New Jersey Affiliate Aspirations Award Ceremony at Kean University on April 4. 

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“It’s great to be recognized for what I’m doing,’’ said Trehan, who lives in Scotch Plains. “It means a lot to me.’’

Trehan praised Union Catholic for helping to put her in position to make this award possible.  

"Union Catholic has given me many opportunities to expand my knowledge in computer science - a field that I am so passionate about,’’ said Trehan, who plans to instruct a Coding Class at the Scotch Plains Library on March 10 as part of the fourth annual N.J. Makers Day. “This recognition has given me added confidence that I’m on the right track. The constant support and encouragement from my STEM teachers and guidance counselor have been invaluable."

Trehan is a very involved student at Union Catholic.

In addition to her passion for coding, Trehan played first singles for the UC tennis team this past fall (she has been named as a captain for next season), has severed as an Emerging Leader, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has done volunteer work for the communications department of the American Red Cross.