By Dana Trumbull
Last week, the nationally recognized Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC program claimed another kudos as cadets on the CyberPatriot team scored first place in the Silver Division for Arizona. The students, coached by parent volunteer Bryon Schroeder, are in their second year of competing in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which focuses on computer and internet security. They will compete on Sunday, February 11, in the National Final Round.
The CyberPatriot competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system, while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition, where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
CyberPatriot (the National Youth Cyber Education Program) was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
For more details about the CyberPatriot program, visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.
Photo above: AJHS NJROTC CyberPatriots, L-R: Coach Bryon Schroeder, Kaleb Schroeder, Nabeel Adam, Brady Williams, Josh Ivy