Brian Minnick

Brian Minnick, of Purcellville, is one of four U.S. high school seniors to receive this year's Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing.

Loudoun Valley High School and Academies of Loudoun senior Brian Minnick has received the 2020-2021 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing, a highly selective and distinguished honor.

The Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association selected the yearly maximum of four graduating high school seniors across the country to receive this year's award, according to Loudoun County Public Schools officials.

Students apply for the Cutler-Bell Prize each year by submitting a project or artifact "that engages modern technology and computer science," ACM and CSTA officials wrote in a March 17 press release.

For his project, "Controlling a Fully 3D Printed 3D Printer Without Microprocessors," Minnick, of Purcellville, created a self-replicating printer that acts as a precursor to a self-replicating spacecraft.

Minnick — who attends the Academies of Loudoun's Academy of Engineering and Technology — received $10,000 in cash to be put toward his college tuition next year as part of the prize.

He will also be honored at the CSTA's 2021 Virtual Conference in July.

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