High school student wins $50,000 prize

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VANCOUVER — Kevin Ellis, an 18-year-old high school student from Vancouver, has won $50,000 for finishing in second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which the company says is the world’s largest precollege science competition. This year 1,611 students from 59 countries competed.

Ellis developed a method to automatically speed up computer programs by analyzing the programs while they are running so that work could be divided across multiple microprocessors, according to an Intel news release.

Ellis was the top winner in the computer science category of the competition, which has 19 categories. He attends Catlin Gable, a private school in Portland.