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2015-16 ACM/CSTA

Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing


erry Zou is a high school senior at Poolesville High School in Poolesville, MD. Cherry developed a method of identifying authorship of anonymous tweets and Instagram posts in an effort to combat cyber-bullying.  Cherry has received early acceptance at Princeton University and plans on majoring in Computer Science.


Valerie Chen is a high school senior Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA.  Valerie has interned with the Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for High Assurance Computer Systems for two years.  Her project created automatic generation of test cases from a formal software requirements model using combinatorial test case generation techniques.  Valerie has not yet selected a university but plans on majoring in Computer Science.


Matthew Edwards is a senior at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, VA.  Matthew focused on developing a new strategy for internet voting using computer science and cryptology to make electronic voting for political elections seem possible in the near future.  He has not yet decided on which university he will attend in the fall but he intends to double major in Computer Science and either Electrical or Computer Engineering.  


Karthik Rao is a high school senior at Briarcliff High School in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Karthik developed algorithms to evaluate and advance the efficacy and sustainability of aircraft fuel usage, which take advantage of capabilities that will be available in the Next Generation Air Transportation System.  He has not yet chosen a university but plans on majoring in Computer Science and Operations Research.



There were also two extraordinary projects worthy of Honorable Mentions.


Zack Baker, Noblesville High School, Noblesville, IN - Zack created an electronic hall pass system that allows teachers and students to more conveniently authorize and track student movement. This program is available on the app store and has been adopted in 5 schools.


Maya Varma, Presentation High School, San Jose, CA - Maya successfully designed, developed, and a prototype (patent pending) for a pulmonary function analyzer with Android and iOS applications in an effort to combat the expensive and often lacking early detection of respiratory illnesses.

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