Caitlin Lau won an award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing in 2016. Caitlin is currently (2016) a high school junior with great interests in the Computer Science field. Her curious and adaptable nature has led her to try many new things. When Caitlin was first introduced into computing, her passion for using her skills as a programmer to help others grew significantly. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys figure skating, playing the violin and ukulele, editing skating music, fashion/plush art designing, and coding. Skating has been an important part of her life since she was five. Caitlin serves on the Lone Star Figure Skating Club Junior Board of Directors. As a Junior Director, she assists with competitions, test events, fundraising,and helps promote the sport of figure skating. Additionally, she acts as a mentor and role model to the younger skaters. Caitlin was officially appointed and serve as a United States Figure Skating Test Judge for Singles/Pairs and Ice Dance. Caitlin is a three time US national champion in showcase skating and received two congressional awards for her work in the sport. She also holds numerous National and International Team Ice Theater titles. Her prestigious achievements were featured in the US Figure Skating and Sweetwater Style magazines. Volunteering is highly important to her and being an avid volunteer in the Special Olympics Texas program, she aims to bring out the champion in every Special Olympics athlete. Due to Caitlin’s interests in numerous artistic pursuits, one of her many aspirations is to help budding artists with her aptitude in computer science by revolutionizing fine arts with new technologies and programs that cut down work time and foster creativity. Also with the wide array of skills that she possesses, she is able to quickly adapt and think of unique solutions when computing. In college, Caitlin strives to enhance her Computer Science, Life Sciences, and Design skills. She believes that like the fine arts, technology allows people to create something monumental from scratch and by merging these fields, she will be able to help engineer a brighter, better, and more innovative future for humanity.
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