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MTC Teams Continue Success in CyberPatriot Competition

CyberPatriot Picture 2018

 

 

++Contact: Jeremy Staples

Monroe Technology Center

571-252-2080

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5th, 2018

 

Four Monroe Technology Center Teams Advance to CyberPatriot Semi-Finals Competition

 

February 5th, 2018 – A total of 62 high school students attending C.S. Monroe Technology Center (MTC) in Leesburg, VA recently concluded the State round of competition in the tenth season of CyberPatriot 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.

 

Led by coaches Jeremy Staples and Rodney Krone, teams from Monroe Technology Center excelled in the CyberPatriot X State Round, which took place January 19-21. Four of MTC’s fourteen teams are advancing to the CPX Semi-Finals this year. Monroe Tech’s top team, IRATEMONK//End, has earned a spot in the Platinum Tier Semi-Finals, and are competing for awards and a bid to the National Finals competition. Three other teams, CyberChiefs, Sparrow, and PICNIC (an all-female team) are competing for Gold Tier awards in the Semi-Finals.

 

“We are very thankful to our generous sponsors, ManTech, Network Depot, Thundercat, and Watermark Woods for supporting our students and programs. We are also grateful for the guidance provided by our dedicated mentors from the Salesforce Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), and the support from our local Women In Technology/Girls In Technology CyberPatriot Girls program. Monroe Tech students are learning a great deal about tools and techniques used for system security and network defense. They are developing vital skills for a career in the IT industry. We are proud of all our students who have participated and are very excited about their achievements thus far in this year’s competition.”

 

Monroe Tech’s success has grown each year since first competing in the annual CyberPatriot competition in 2014-15. Mr. Staples and Mr. Krone hope to continue their success as their programs transition to Monroe Advanced Technical Academy (MATA) at the new Academies of Loudoun. Part of the transition to the new school includes the introduction of a brand new two-year MATA Cybersecurity program and one-year CISCO program. Applications to those programs can be found on the Academies of Loudoun website and are open until noon on March 8th.

 

CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, other nations, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. The competition is designed to test students’ technical knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and abilities to work as a team. Top teams from the online rounds earn an all-expense-paid trip to Baltimore, for the in-person National Finals, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

 

This year, 5,584 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X, including 14 teams from Monroe Tech. 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 qualifying rounds, CyberPatriot X high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams. Only the top 25% of teams within each tier advance to the Semi-Finals Round, held February 9-11. Following the Semifinals, only the top 12 Open Division teams will advance to the CyberPatriot X National Finals Competition in Baltimore, MD.

 

 

More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from CyberPatriot staff at info@uscyberpatriot.org

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Open Division Data

 

CyberPatriot Round:

Qualifying Round

State Round

Semi-Final Round

Total Teams Competed:

2101

1877

559

Total VA Teams Competed:

203

177

45

National Platinum Tier Teams:

628

174

VA Platinum Tier Teams:

62

13

National Gold Tier Teams:

807

231

VA Gold Tier Teams:

83

23

National Silver Tier Teams:

442

154

VA Silver Tier Teams:

32

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