Xavier College Preparatory juniors Gillian Vaughn, left, and Skylar Smith

Several Ahwatukee young people have been cited for scholastic or other achievements in recent weeks.

Leading the pack is Skylar Smith, a junior at Xavier College Preparatory, who, along with classmate Gillian Vaughn, received an honorable mention in the National Center for Women and Information Technology organization’s "Aspirations in Computing" program.

Skylar was cited for her “demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for postsecondary education.”

The daughter of Rhonda and Clark Smith, Skylar is an honors and AP student at Xavier, and maintains a 4.5 weighted (4.0 unweighted) great point average.  

She is involved in numerous campus groups, including the student newspaper (X-Press), yearbook (Xavierian), Key Club, mock trial team, and robotics club.  She also volunteers in the neurological unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and recently won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award.

NCWIT is a community of more than 850 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profits working to increase girls' and women's participation in technology and computing.

It helps organizations recruit, retain and advance technically inclined girls and women, getting them to learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in-person meetups, receive visibility for technical achievements and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities.

Ahwatukee students make dean’s lists

Several Ahwatukee residents made their respective college and university dean’s lists for academic performance during the fall semester.

Junior Max Fathauer was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, where the recognition is given students with a 3.5 grade point average.

At Belmont University in Tennessee,  Michaela Soha, made the dean’s list for her grades, putting her among the 30 percent of the school’s 7,700 students to earn the honor.

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