Houston High School CyberPatriot Teams Advance to Platinum Tier Regional Open Division Round

GERMANTOWN, TN-- February 16, 2016--Four teams of 24 high school students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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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 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 VIII 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, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII, including 38 teams from Tennessee.

Led by Coach Leslie Brommer, the four teams of students from Houston High excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII State Round held January 29-31, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. Two of the four teams’ performances earned them a spot in the Platinum Tier Regional Round to be held February 19-21, 2016. One team, “Cyber Scrubs”, placed 2nd in the state and another team, “Safe Computer”, placed 3rd.

"CyberScrubs" (left) earned the 2nd place ranking for Tennessee and "Safe Computer" (right) earned the 3rd place ranking.

Final placement for the State round of the Houston teams were 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th in the state of Tennessee.

“I am so proud of each of these students for their dedication and commitment to this competition. These students have been meeting together weekly since September learning how to defend operating systems and networks against penetration attempts. The skills they have been developing are truly real world skills that will be invaluable in the technology field of cybersecurity and information assurance. Four of the nine teams in the platinum tier for Tennessee were from Houston. What an accomplishment!” Leslie Brommer, Coach

Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals Round February 19-21, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot VIII Finals Competition in Washington, D.C.

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