Newport AOIT





Jackson Baker
Class of 2015

Alumni

My name is Jackson Baker and I am a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at WPI and I can confidently say that the AOIT program gave me the chance to discover my love for computer science. Whether it was working in HTML or C++, I was always astounded at the possibilities that programming presented to me. AOIT allowed me to find my passions in the computer science field and I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am for this.

Outside of my love for CS, I participate in multiple organizations and clubs at WPI, most notably being my position as the Vice President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity on campus. This summer I will be working as an intern at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with fellow AOIT graduate Erik Sola. I never would have been prepared for the astounding opportunities presented to me throughout my academic career without my 3 years as an AOIT student, and for that reason I am extremely thankful to both Mrs. Awde (program instructor) and the NACTC program for giving students the chance to learn and love computer science.

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Alex Bronk
Class of 2012

My name is Alex Bronk, and I am a graduate of Rogers High School and a four year participant of AOIT. I will always speak very highly of the program. The areas of study include: web development, programming, computer hardware, and the history of technology. Aside from the technological curriculum, AOIT offers a lot of great communication skills that can help you succeed in the business world.

After my graduation, I frequently changed majors. Computer Science was my immediate area of study at URI, but this did not fit me well. I decided to take a step back and focus on what I enjoy. After studying accounting, management, marketing, economics, and a light layer of programming at CCRI, I decided to become a Computer Information Systems major at Bryant University. Through the Career Services department at the university, I was offered an internship at Textron's Fort-Worth/Dallas location. Moving to Texas for the entire summer was a very exciting experience that taught me many things. The internship focused on the technical architecture of the company, including servers, databases, and Internet services. Textron offered me a full-time position before my senior year began, and I accepted. After graduation in the Spring of 2017, I will complete a two-year rotational program, spending a year at one Textron location, then relocate to another, after which I will move again for a longer period of time. I'm excited about my future. There is a massive world out there, and I definitely plan to see where life takes me.

One recommendation for current and future AOIT students is to have an open mind. There is no telling where you will be in a few years, so take any opportunities you can. Being open minded will lead to many successes. Good luck!

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Maeve Byrne
Class of 2017

My name is Maeve Byrne and I am now a Rogers graduate. I spent four years with Mrs. Awde in Essentials, AOIT I, II, III, and AP Computer Science. I loved my experience in AOIT and will definitely miss being in such a wonderful learning environment. In the fall I will be attending the University of Vermont, where I intend to major in Political Science and minor in Environmental Studies. Although I am not continuing my education in a technology-based field, I do believe my AOIT and APCS skills will come in handy in the future. If any prospective students are reading this bio, please take the advice of all the other alumni and take Mrs. Awde’s class, I guarantee you will not regret it. I’ve learned so much over the last four years and can’t imagine where I’d be without this course, our amazing teacher, and my wicked smart classmates. AOIT is the ideal environment and an incredible experience for a motivated student.

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Yoni Corleto
Class of 2012

My name is Yoni Corleto and I am a senior electrical engineering student at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Following my high school graduation I began taking classes at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in the fall. I took courses for the engineering curriculum at URI for three semesters at CCRI and then transferred to URI . . . I wish for those who view this bio and who have an interest in the AOIT program, even slightly, to highly consider enrolling. There have been many instances within my higher education experience where I have seen material I was introduced to in AOIT . . . Also, I recommend to students of all ages to seek to have a mentor within their learning experience. It doesn't matter at what stage you are in your journey. Do not be afraid to be picky with respect to mentors. It is your growth. Mentors are great to have in any field of study and life in general. (For additional thoughts from Yoni, click here).

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Hannah Deen
Class of 2014

Hello, my name is Hannah Elizabeth Deen, and I am a rising Computer Science (with a concentration in Networking) sophomore attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I have had a heavy course load of computer science and mathematics courses, but my spare time is spent in the student organizations on campus. I have become an active sister of the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, which is a professional and social sorority; I've held the position of corresponding secretary, and I am currently our Panhel representative. I am a student ambassador of the Red & White Student Organization, a part of the Corporate Relations committee. Red & White specializes in hosting events to welcome alumni, entertain business socials and corporate events, and campus events for all students. I am an AGENT for weR: the Spirit of Rensselaer Society and have personally run two events, and I am hosting one for the incoming freshman in their first week. I am an active member of the Society of Women Engineers Outreach Committee and over one recent summer I worked for blueleaf which is a startup company based in Boston that has built and maintained financial analysis software. During the summer between my junior and senior years, I will be working for Microsoft in Seattle, Washington.

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Juliana DiMeglio
Class of 2017

Hello, my name is Juliana DiMeglio and I will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have been a part of the AOIT program for three years, and I have gained a vast amount of knowledge. This program has helped me to discover a passion: web design, utilizing HTML and CSS. A large part of engineering is the design process; therefore AOIT has further solidified my love for creation. With technology expanding exponentially, the comprehension of many of its attributes is an extremely useful skill as I near the start of my collegiate career. Saying that I highly recommend the AOIT program would be an understatement, for I truly believe students should experience all aspects of technology, which are covered well within this course. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of the “Geek Dynasty”, as it has helped me grow as a person, and it has thoroughly prepared me for the next part of my life.

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Mateo Efstathopulos
Class of 2016

Hello, my name is Mateo Efstathopulos and I am sad because when this statement is uploaded to the Newport AOIT website I am going to be officially finished with this amazing program. During the fall of 2016 I will begin the next chapter of my life at the University of Rhode Island where I am going to double major in engineering and Chinese with a minor in computer science. Being in AOIT has taught me a tremendous amount of things that will be useful in the future, everything from writing code to improving the way that I write and speak. This program is amazing, I encourage you to become a member and it will be the best part of your high school experience.

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Jenna Erausquin
Class of 2016

Hello, my name is Jenna Erausquin and I will be starting my freshman year of college this fall. I was a part of the AOIT program for three years and it truly shaped my future plans. Before AOIT, I had no idea what to do when it came to life after high school, and now I am currently enrolled at the University of Rhode Island as a computer science major and as a member of the 2016 Chinese Flagship Cohort. I recommend the AOIT program to everyone who is looking for a challenge and would like to be exposed to a variety of things.

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Darley Garcia
Class of 2017

My name is Darley Ortiz Garcia. By the time this bio is uploaded, I will have graduated and started a new chapter in my story. While graduating is a great accomplishment, and starting that new chapter is thrilling, I will miss my high school. Now most alumni will say that because they lose contact with friends or just miss a schedule, but I will miss Rogers because of its staff. During the past four years I have grown so much, more than I ever thought possible, and I must say that it was thanks to my teachers.

But before I become too nostalgic, I would like to give a little information on my plans for the next four years. First, I will be going to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where I will be studying both Computer Science and Digital Media (animation). Now I understand that a dual major is hard work but I feel that I am capable, thanks to the preparation that AOIT gave me.

If I were to give any advice, it would be to take AOIT. Not only does the class give you a head start into the technology field, it also gives a gives a broader look at the many opportunities that an education in technology provides.

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Michael Garvey
Class of 2017

Hello! My name is Michael Garvey and as of August 2017 I am a freshman at Yale University majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. The AOIT program, along with AP Computer Science, heavily influenced my decision to apply to schools as a CS major and I'm extremely excited to see what will happen in the future. If you have any questions ranging from AOIT to computer science to college admissions, feel free to contact me!

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Fiona Heaney
Class of 2013

Since leaving Rogers in 2013, Fiona has gone on to pursue a bachelor of science in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is now a member of Chi Omega, a WPI tour guide, and part of the sailing team. In the summer of 2015, she will be working at Kiva Systems (soon to be renamed to Amazon Robotics) as a Performance Intern where she will help to create a Python application that will help auto-generate task lists for managers who oversee the deployment of new warehouses. She still enjoys coming back to Rogers to see how much the AOIT program has grown, and would encourage all of Mrs. Awde's students to consider pursuing a degree in the technical field.

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Cody Mello
Class of 2011

Cody graduated from Rogers in 2011, and earned his Sc.B. in Computer Science at Brown University in 2015. While there, he worked as a teaching assistant and systems administrator in the Computer Science department. During his undergraduate summers, he interned at GTECH and Blue Jeans, and worked as a research assistant developing the type system for the Pyret programming language. He is now working for Joyent in San Francisco, where he does operating systems and networking development for their cloud orchestration suite.

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Sean Nolan
Class of 2011

Sean recently graduated from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Management. He was a member of Wentworth's tennis team and was a producer/host of a radio talk show on Wentworth's Internet Radio. After his graduation in August, he will be attending Wentworth's graduate school for an Online Master of Science in Technology Management. He is currently employed by The Predictive Index, a software company, as an Application Support Engineer.

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Harrison Renshaw
Class of 2015

My name is Harrison Renshaw and I am a marketing student at the University of Rhode Island. I graduated from Rogers in 2015 and if there’s one thing I miss about high school, it’s the AOIT program with Ms. Awde. This incredible, hands-on program was the most important thing about my entire high school experience. Not only did it get me truly prepared for college life, I had a great time throughout my years in the program.

During high school I was a very successful student. Among other things my accolades included consistent high honor roll, induction into the National Honor Society, winning 1st Place at National History Day, induction into the Spanish Honor Society, and captaincy on the varsity soccer team. I owe a huge chunk of these successes to working with Ms. Awde during AOIT. The crucial computer skills you learn in this program, combined with the unique level of hard-work that Ms. Awde brings out of every single student yields unlimited potential of success.

My transition from high school to college was extremely smooth. I was accepted into the honors program upon arrival, selected for Dean’s List every semester I’ve been there, and recently I was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society as well. If I have one piece of advice for high school students going to college, it’s to be involved. Whether it is a club, student organization, or intramural sport, meeting new people has been the most special part of my college experience. This incredible blend of cultures, lifestyles, and personalities has given me a brand new perspective on life.

I firmly believe that participating in the AOIT program has helped lead me to my current success. For more information, feel free to contact me at the link below.

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Erik Sola
Class of 2014

My name is Erik Sola and I am a Computer Science major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After my first year of college I can easily say that the AOIT program at Rogers High School immensely assisted in my acclimation to college academics. For me, AOIT jump started my career path and I began my journey as a Computer Science student. Throughout my first year of college I tried to be as involved as I could. I became involved with intramural sports and joined a fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. My fraternity has helped me to advance my leadership and organizational skills; I am one of three rush chairmen for the next academic year. This summer I will be interning at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in the combat systems department.

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Adela Wawrzyniak
Class of 2015

My name is Adela Wawrzyniak and I am a junior at Mississippi State University. Although I came to MSU because I was accepted to the Early Entry Veterinary program, I am now studying Computer Science and working on a certificate in Computational Biology. Without the AOIT program, I would never have discovered my passion for computer science and I would likely still be trying to decide on a major. I am the Health and Fitness chair for my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, I have played club volleyball at MSU, and I am working on a research project in genomics. I participate in volunteer activities through the university in order to connect with my community, and next semester I will have the opportunity to mentor at-risk youth in the local school district. I hope that I can share my love of computer science with youth and inspire others to pursue a career in CS.

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AOIT Alumni: if you would be willing to add your bio to our alumni page, please send it to Mrs. Awde along with a recent picture of yourself and an email address where students might be able to contact you with any questions they may have.