Natalie Appleton of Hartsburg, MO, is this year’s MACC Information Technology Breaking Traditions Regional Winner and Scholarship Recipient. Natalie chose a nontraditional career path due to her love of computers. She stated in her essay that she “enjoys the problem-solving aspect, thinking logically through the issue at hand and determining a concrete solution that is syntactically correct; the satisfaction of a program finally compiling and being functionally correct is profound. Modern-day technology is life-changing and it plays a pivotal role in our society and I want to be a part of helping it grow!”
Natalie was nominated by Professor Rich Bright. He shared that she “demonstrates attention to detail and hard work as she consistently attacks problems with a methodical approach and critical eye, breaking down the problem and applying the techniques that she has been taught to developing creative, efficient computer programs; she demonstrates the high-level natural intelligence needed to be a top-level performer in the IT industry.”
Natalie will receive $500 in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters for this award. The Breaking Traditions Awards are sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to recognize outstanding non-traditional career and technical students and the funds are provided by their participating college. Non-traditional students are defined as those studying for careers that are traditionally chosen by the opposite gender. We congratulate both Natalie and Professor Bright for their excellence in education!
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