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Briarcliff's Rao Wins Computer Science Scholarship

Briarcliff High School senior Karthik Rao (center) with Dr. Gordon Bell (left) and Dr. David Cutler at the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing award ceremony at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle
Briarcliff High School senior Karthik Rao (center) with Dr. Gordon Bell (left) and Dr. David Cutler at the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing award ceremony at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School senior Karthik Rao has been named a winner of the ACM-CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery.

The award has earned Rao a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the awards banquet in Seattle, where he presented his science research project about fuel efficiency in the airline industry.

“This award is a huge accomplishment for me,” said Rao. “Winning was a real honor, and I am excited to go to Seattle for the awards banquet next fall.”

The Cutler-Bell Prize seeks to promote the field of computer science and encourage its study, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computer challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.

Rao, one of the four first-ever winners of the Cutler-Bell Prize, said he is looking forward to studying computer science in college.

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