February 9, 2018 – A team of middle school students from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School in Montgomery, AL, is headed to the Semifinals of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds earn all-expenses-paid trips to Baltimore, Md., for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition.
The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division.
In all, 5,584 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X, with 646 middle school teams competing. Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is among the 327 middle school teams advancing to the next round.
Led by Coach Mindy Walski, the team of three students from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School excelled in the CyberPatriot X Middle School Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned it a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals to be held this month. Team members are Cody Harris, Preston Holk and Cas Wilson.
Following the Semifinals, the top three Middle School Division teams will advance to the CyberPatriot X National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Md.
More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from the CyberPatriot staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.