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North Dakota high school girls given "Aspiration Awards" for love of science and technology

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Four high school girls from across North Dakota got the "red carpet" treatment Thursday, because of their love for science and technology.

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In conjunction with NDSCS, the "Great Plains Girls Collaborative" has given the girls "Aspiration Awards" for their interest in and dreams about working in the world of tech.

And one in particular, is breaking all the barriers.

"Come on in, come on in."

James Van Raden of I-Care Wireless in downtown Fargo welcomed four of the Aspiration Award winners to his store.

"Come on in."

"You guys should pat yourself on the back for having an interest in this and going after it."

The girls from across North Dakota, small schools and large, are here because of their success in STEM.

"Your finger is on the antennae."

They are hungry to learn about science and technology.

"I think it is important."

And technology wants them.

You need the young people to get involved.

Amber Kraft/Aspiration Award Winner: "It is kind of interesting to get hands on experience because I cannot see it. I lost my sight at 14."

One student in particular has already overcome significant obstacles.

Kraft: "My computer science class, I am the only girl. The whole way through high school."

18-year old Amber Kraft lost her sight just four years ago. An eye disease that slowly and finally robbed her of sight.

Here is the camera.

But not determination.

Carrie Leopold/NDSCS: "So inspired by her."

She loves science, in fact, science and advancements in technology are the reason she can learn and communicate easier while learning without sight.

I just really like technology, tech is everything i use a computer every day with a screen reader, for a blind person technology is everything.

Next year. College. And then watch her grow.

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs.

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Kevin Wallevand
Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.
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