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SUAIC Holds “Aspirations in Computing” & “Be Cyber Smart” Awards Assembly at Panguitch High


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Winners of the “SUAIC Aspirations in Computing” awards were presented at a special assembly at Panguitch High School on May 2. Courtesy Shawn Caine

PANGUITCH – On May 2nd, Panguitch High was joined by Dr. Kesar of Southern Utah University and Brenley Veater, Miss Southern Utah, for a special Cyber Security and Women in S.T.E.M Aspiration assembly. The special event was coordinated by Ms. Caine of Panguitch High. Bringing together her connections, Ms. Caine created a special assembly that educated the students of PHS about the importance of Cyber Security and highlighted a young woman who wants to pursue careers in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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Brenley Veater, Miss Southern Utah, and John Dodds, Garfield County School District Superintendent. Veater presented her Social Impact initiative—“Be Cyber Smart”—at a special assembly at Panguitch High School on May 2, 2022.

In the first half of the assembly, Miss Southern Utah, Brenley Veater, presented her Social Impact initiative—“Be Cyber Smart.” Partnering with the Miss America Organization, “Be Cyber Smart” has initiatives to help all generations and is actively educating people in all demographics. The primary focus of Miss Southern Utah is educating and mentoring the most impressionable and vulnerable group, pre-teens and teens. As part of the 11% of women that are currently in the Cyber Security industry globally, Brenley is an advocate of online safety habits. She is currently the Director of Cyber Security and wants to invite women and young adults to explore careers in the S.T.E.M field.

The second part of the assembly was a presentation from Dr. Shalini Kesar about the “SUAIC Aspirations in Computing” (an initiative that provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce), in which 12 girls from Panguitch High School applied for and won an award plaque, certificate, and swag.

Dr. Shalini Kesar, is a Professor of MS-Cyber Security & Information Assurance (MS-CSIA, Computer Science & Information Security(CSIS) Department), and College of Engineering and Computational Sciences at Southern Utah University.

Panguitch High School was honored by these two guests—Dr. Kesar and Brenley Veater—for the great information that was shared at our award ceremony.

Dr. Kesar announced the winners of the “Aspiration in Computing” awards, while Superintendent Dodds congratulated each girl as he handed them out.

—Panguitch High School