Monroe CyberPatriot Team Advances to Regionals

Ten teams of high school students from C.S. Monroe Technology Center recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Led by coaches Jeremy Staples and Rodney Krone, there was one team of five young ladies from Monroe Technology Center that excelled in the CyberPatriot IX State Round held January 13th through 15th. They demonstrated teamwork, critical thinking skills and the technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. Team iChicks’ performance earned it a spot in the Gold Tier Regional Round.

The iChicks team members are Emily Anderson, Ausha Dao, Natalie Jordan, Brianna Laxson, and Safinaz Elnahal.

CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and other nations to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.

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 IX high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

In all, 4,404 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot IX, including 307 teams from Virginia.