Sahana Vandayar

The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Program (MNAiC) announced last month that ten young women from Minnesota high schools, including Sahana Vandayar, a senior at Maple Grove Senior High, have been selected as national honorable mention recipients by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Three hundred and sixty students, from an applicant pool of nearly 4,700 were selected for this exclusive honor. Sahana Vandayar, and the other 9 selected Minnesota students, fall within the top 8% of nationwide applicants.

According to NCWIT, “Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.”

Prizes and rewards include media recognition, banquet ceremony, job shadow experiences, cash, access to internship opportunities offered by MNAiC sponsors, NCWIT and MNAiC swag, and more. Honorees will be recognized at the 8th Annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony on April 15, 2020.

Sahana Vandayar also received this award in 2019



two students with bookThis summer, Osseo Area Schools will once again host CDF Freedom Schools® programming at Crest View Elementary and Garden City Elementary.

An initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. In addition to focusing on literacy enrichment, students attending Freedom Schools will participate in STEM activities and cultural learning through field trips and in-school experiences.

To be eligible for Freedom Schools, children must:

  • Be in kindergarten through seventh grade during the 2019-2020 school year, and
  • Currently attend an elementary or middle school in ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools

The summer 2020 program runs from Monday, June 15, to Thursday, July 23, at Crest View and Garden City. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the program, which is held weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Note: Freedom Schools will not be held on Friday, July 3.)

Apply to Freedom Schools at Crest View Elementary   |   Apply to Freedom Schools at Garden City Elementary

Space is limited; families are encouraged to register their child(ren) as soon as possible. Registration will remain open until spaces are filled.

View the program brochure