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Deya Mares Wins NCWIT Award for Women in Computing

 Deyanira Mares

2016 Florida South Florida Competition Winner Deyanira Mares

Miami, February 8, 2016 - Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national level talent development program for high school and college young women in computing and information technology.

NCWIT Award Received

* 2016 Florida: South Florida Competition
* Winner: Deyanira Mares
* Aspirations in Computing

While the clouds caught the minds of people, the beautiful worlds and emotional stories of video games captivated Deyanira's heart. Currently a senior at School for Advanced Studies - Kendall campus, a rigorous, full-time dual-enrollment school, Deyanira is the Vice-President of both her school's League of Legends and FIRST Robotics clubs and she hopes to expand the e-sports scene to her school and inspire other students to take on fields related to STEAM. Many believed that Deyanira would plan on pursuing a major in medicine or architecture but she, following the little voice from her childhood, has decided to double major in Computer Science and Game Development with the hopes of achieving each major's highest degree.

Ever since she could remember, video games have always been a part of Deyanira's life, despite the opposition from those around her, and she couldn't imagine her life without them. To her, they tell stories meant to teach valuable lessons and morals to those that play them. Video games, in her mind and heart, can become more than sources of entertainment and she hopes to later take the industry to the next level by incorporating mechanics and stories that open the eyes of others to world issues and creating games that can potentially help those with mental or physical disabilities. She is currently using her love for video games by taking the initiative of giving back to the community by incorporating her love for games into a project that will launch this year, a project that will create simple games for orphans with big and creative imaginations.

Learning C++ and modeling her first coffee mug in Blender are the biggest events in Deyanira's life because, to her, it's the first baby steps on her journey in becoming a game developer. It was those little moments of success after hours of programming errors and strange physical looks, respectively, that really got her excited about the road ahead of her. Deyanira is currently teaching herself Python and Java through edX as well as learning how to create her first game in the Unreal Engine 4. Despite her financial difficulties, she hopes to one day attend the University of Southern California and take on an internship at Riot Games before applying to Bethesda, a well known video game company, and starting her own indie game studio.

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