Army family JROTC members win national cyber defense award
April 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Three Leilehua High School Army JROTC students, all Army family members of parents stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, defeated more than 1,000 other teams to win the Top Service Award from the U.S. Army at the National High School Cyber Defense Competition.
Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, Rep. Mazie Hirono and the Hawaii State Department of Education made the announcement, here, March 30.
Team members Mark Gitschlag, Jhalil Tyson, Viktoria NatalRoman and Selena Peebles -- who are all Army family members of parents stationed at Schofield Barracks -- are the U.S. Army All 50 states were represented in the national championship held in Washington, D.C., March 22-24.
CyberPatriots replicate real-life cybersecurity situations and develop solutions to the problem. Top Service Awards were awarded to the top JROTC teams representing the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Civil Air Patrol.
Leilehua High School students advanced to the national championships after successfully completing three rounds of competition.
"The CyberPatriot competition engaged our students in real cyber security threats, showing real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, lessons," said Aloha Coleman, principal, Leilehua High School. "I applaud the hard work of our students and coaches in winning this exciting award."
The CyberPatriot program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical knowledge that prepares them for post-secondary education and jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
CyberPatriot is the national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to excite, educate and motivate the next generation of cyber defenders and STEM graduates our nation needs.