CHS CyberPatriot Program Continues to Grow

 

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CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air & Space Forces Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks. 

Carmel High School has offered a Cybersecurity class for three years, and CyberPatriot Coach, Carey Anderson, credits the growth of the club with the expansion of the course offered at CHS. "The Cybersecurity-PLTW classes have grown to over 120 students. With that, we have had a great response with the club. I am proud to have had a team win the state championship for three straight years."

In the Open Division, there are 2,0000 teams competing nationally. This year, Carmel High School has six competitive teams, including one that is nationally ranked! Students begin working in the Summer with Cisco classes. They earn senior distinguished grad points, which means that they put in more than 40 hours of studying/competing time. Going into the State Round on December 10, Carmel had four teams that earned Platinum and two teams that earned Gold. Teams will compete in a grueling six-hour competition that focuses on categories including User Auditing 8, Defensive Countermeasures, Operating System Updates, Forensic, and Unwanted Software.

CyberPatriot is a school-sponsored club open to all students. Many of the graduating seniors from last year's successful team went on to major in Cybersecurity in college. 

Good luck CyberPatriots!