For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
CyberPatriot Announces Teams Advancing to the National Finals Competition
Arlington, VA – After three impressive preliminary rounds, 28 teams of high school students have advanced to the National Finals Competition of the nation’s largest and fastest growing high school cyber defense competition – CyberPatriot V!
This year’s finalists represent Alabama, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. Two teams from Manitoba, Canada will also compete at the National Finals Competition as International Exhibition Teams.
CyberPatriot—The National High School Cyber Defense Competition, an education initiative established by the Air Force Association, is a one-of-a-kind cyber defense competition designed to inspire students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in their studies. The unique structure helps to prepare college- and career-ready students with not just technical skills, but also invaluable experience in teamwork, leadership, and critical-thinking. Competitors also gain great insights and technical expertise from industry leaders, including CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
In this two-track competition, teams have registered from public, private, parochial and home schools in the Open Division, and Junior ROTC units of all Services, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps squadrons and Civil Air Patrol squadrons filled the All Service Division. In all, more than 1,200 teams registered to participate this year, representing all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.
During their semifinal round of competition, which was held January 11-12, 2013, all teams set out once again to defend virtualized networks of computers, continuing to build knowledge on improving computer networks and strengthening security features. Teams were scored according to how quickly and effectively they established and maintained secure networks.
Congratulations to the following advancing All Service Division teams:
- Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Brookings, South Dakota (Coached by Shannon Hofer)
- East Central High School, Army JROTC, San Antonio, Texas (Coached by Jasper Miller)
- John Jay High School, Air Force JROTC, San Antonio, Texas (Coached by John Lopardi)
- Medina Valley High School, Air Force JROTC, Castroville, Texas (Coached by Robert Spracale)
- Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Coached by Bill Blatchley)
- Covington High School, Navy JROTC, Covington, Louisiana (Coached by Douglas Johnson)
- Flour Bluff High School, Navy JROTC, Corpus Christi, Texas (Coached by Armando Solis)
- Fort Fisher Division 113FOR, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, San Diego, California (Coached by Joseph Gombos)
- La Cueva High School, U.S. Marine Corps JROTC, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Coached by Alberto Griego)
- Leilehua High School, Army JROTC, Wahiawa, Hawaii (Coached by Nicholas Spiridigliozzi)
- Marine Military Academy, U.S. Marine Corps JROTC, Harlingen, Texas (Coached by William Beckman)
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, U.S. Marine Corps JROTC, Fitchburg, Massachusetts (Coached by Paul Jornet)
- Valor 063VAL, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Gardendale, Alabama (Coached by Kelly Jones)
- Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Vienna, Ohio (Coached by Paul Creed III)
Congratulations to the following advancing Open Division teams:
- Chantilly Academy – A Governor’s STEM Academy, Chantilly, Virginia (Coached by Davi Anson)
- Edward Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles, California (Coached by William Diaz)
- Franklin High School, Los Angeles, California (Coached by Yenny Yi)
- North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, California (Coached by Jay Gehringer)
- North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, California (Coached by Yolanda Gardea)
- Alamo Academies – ITSA, New Braunfels, Texas (Coached by Sandi Boyd)
- Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawaii (Coached by Lisa Miyamoto)
- Marshall Academy, Falls Church, Virginia (Coached by Jason Simeon)
- Marshall Academy, Falls Church, Virginia (Coached by Shelli Carpenter)
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts (Coached b y Chiamaka Porter)
- Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California (Coached by Greg Grenier)
- Summit Technology Academy, Lees Summit, Missouri (Coached by Lisa Oyler)
All advancing teams receive all-expenses-paid trips to the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition held in the Washington, DC area, in March 14-16, 2013. The National Finals Competition is powered by SAIC’s CyberNEXS, a high-level cyber training and exercise model that is used to help cybersecurity professionals learn to protect critical data assets. At the National Finals Competition, Cisco will conduct the “Networking Event”. During the event, teams will be timed and scored on their ability to operate and secure a basic network.
CyberPatriot’s founding partners are SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from the CyberPatriot staff at
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