GHS CyberPatriot Team Ranked Second in State

GHS CyberPatriot Team Ranked Second in State
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For the second time in as many years, Garrett High School was ranked among the top teams in the State of Indiana in CyberPatriot - the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.  GHS was second in the Sliver Division amongst Indiana teams, which qualifies it to participate in the Regional Round this weekend.

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 two to six 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 win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

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. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VIX high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

A record-breaking 4,404 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIX, a 30% growth nationally from last season.  There were a total of 70 teams from Indiana representing 28 different institutions.

Led by Coach Bill Thomas, the team from Garrett High School excelled in the CyberPatriot VIX State Round held January 13-15, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The group consisting of senior Avery Lehner, sophomores Katline Cook and Dawes Dircksen, and freshmen Jacob Davis, Caleb Thimlar and Nicholas Yoder tallied its highest score of the season at 128.0 points, just 1.3 points shy of the top squad from Twin Lakes High School.  The top three Indiana teams from each division automatically qualify for the Regional Round, February 3-5.

“This group of students has grown throughout the season from a novice group to one of the best in the State of Indiana,” said Bill Thomas.  “Their skills in and passion for CyberPatriot have not only won them awards in this competition, but have prepared them for a career in the growing field of cyber security.”

The teams from Garrett High School have been supported throughout the season by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Air Force Association.  The local chapter, AF143, paid the CyberPatriot entry fees along with food and beverage for each of the team’s competitions and practice dates this season.

“The U.S. Air Force Association and its Fort Wayne Chapter have been key in encouraging the study of cyber security through this program,” Thomas said. “Our students at GHS are grateful that we receive the best support of any team in the nation.”

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