Each of the members of the winning team received a $1,000 scholarship from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
Retired Navy Senior Chief John Wood advised the team, which survived competition with 44 other teams to reach the finals, where it was one of 14 teams in the All Service Division. Teams from Clearfield, Ut., and Fitchburg, Ma., topped the Patrick Henry effort.
The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the CyberPatriot program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which challenges teams of students to resolve real-life cybersecurity situations in a virtual environment.
“The Air Force Association is very proud of every one of our sponsors, coaches, mentors, team assistants, and most of all, all of our competitors for the enormous time and effort put into this season,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner.
In addition to Patrick Henry, teams from Lincoln, Mira Mesa, Pt. Loma and Scripps Ranch high schools participated in the competition, which began in November. The finals were held March 29 in Arlington, Va.
“Cybersecurity events -- most of them attacks -- are in the news every single day. And as cyber threats to our nation continue to grow in sophistication and frequency, we absolutely must evelopthe next generation of cyber defenders to defeat those threats. Our Cyber Patriot competitors have demonstrated throughout this season that they have the skills to meet that challenge. Congratulations to them all!” said Skoch.