Members of the AFJROTC “Diamondbacks” CyberTeam are shown from left to right: Jennifer Torres, Jocelyn Gregorio, Larissa Del Bosque, Michelle Torres, Alyce Parra, Lizzette Del Bosque. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY WILLIAMS

SMHS ‘CyberPatriot’ team does well at national meet

A team of high school students from San Marcos High School Air Force JROTC  recently completed an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season 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 cybersecurity 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 DoD 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.
Air Force JROTC Cadets are trained on basic Cyber Knowledge Operations:  Linux, Ubuntu, Cisco Network Academy and Windows Security.  Collectively, each team troubleshoots vulnerabilities in a “Virtual Machine” located on a remote server for points.  Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot teams are categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.
More than 3,300 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot IX, including 682 teams from the state of Texas.
Led by Coach Lt Col (r) Anthony Williams and Mentor Jeffrey Mansfield, the team of students from San Marcos High School, Air Force JROTC, excelled in the State Round held Jan. 20-22, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. 

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