Cyberpatriot Team Advances to National Finals

The National High School Cyber Defense Competition will be held from March 24-28 in Washington, DC.

Created in 2008 by the Air Force Association and sponsored by Northrop Grumman, CyberPatriot is a unique competition geared toward teenagers that replicates real life cyber-security situations faced by computer administrators.

The competition provides students hands-on learning about cyber-security, while educating and motivating them to be the nation’s next cyber defenders. Through three rounds of competition against 3,000 teams from high schools in all 50 states, one team from North Hollywood High School is among the 10 teams to advance to the national finals.

While in DC, students met with California Congressmen Brad Sherman and Tony Cardenas, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle, and US Air Force Major General Sharon K.G. Dunbar.

The Air Force Association recently named LAUSD as a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence.  We were also selected as one of the first school districts in the nation to pioneer the program in middle schools.

“This is an after school program for which we can all be proud of,” said Alvaro Cortés, Executive Director of Beyond the Bell.

Former LAUSD participants in the competition have gone on to distinguish themselves at the nation’s top colleges and universities. Colleges are excited about our students’ talent pool of young women and minorities for careers in STEM.
Source: Beyond the Bell, Cynthia Montalbán: (213) 241-3547