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Port Angeles High School Cyber Education team moves closer to nationals

Port Angeles High School Cyber Education team moves closer to nationals
Posted on 01/03/2018
Port Angeles High School Cyber Education team moves closer to nationalsA Port Angeles High School CyberPatriot team has qualified to compete in the top tier of upcoming competitions. Called the Platinum Division, these teams are considered to rank in the top 10% nation-wide.  The first qualifying competition was held on December 9, 2017.  Two more qualifying rounds are scheduled for January 20 and February 10, 2018.  

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the twelve top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Cyber Patriots team members are Ashton Reynolds (9th grade), Natale Toscano (12th grade), Haylen Gerhard (12th grade), Ian Collins (11th grade) and Matthew Mitchell (12th grade).   John Mitchell is their faculty advisor. Mitchell teaches Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering at Port Angeles High School, and serves also as High School Technology Coordinator and Honor Society advisor.

“This is the first time we have had a team in the Platinum division, which is reserved for the top teams in the country,” commented Mitchell.  “This is the level that will compete for a place at the nationals in Baltimore, MD in late April.”

CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program that puts on the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

PAHS has participated in CyberPatriot competitions since 2012.  “We wanted to encourage students to consider cybersecurity and computer science as a possible profession’” said Mitchell.  “From day one, our goals in competition have been to 1) have fun; 2) learn something; and 3) compete.  Since that time, several PAHS graduates have gone into the field of cybersecurity and computer science.  Many more are taking into the work force these highly valued and needed cybersecurity skills learned through the competitions.”

Three seniors on the team, Toscano, Gerhard and Mitchell, have all been accepted at Western Washington University and plan to attend after 2018 high school graduation, majoring in Computer Science or Cybersecurity.

For more information on CyberPatriot competitions, please consult their website at https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/.

In this photo:  Port Angeles High School CyberPatriot team members that qualified for national competition are (from left) Ashton Reynolds (9th grade), Natale Toscano (12th grade), Haylen Gerhard (12th grade), Ian Collins (11th grade) and Matthew Mitchell (12th grade).  PAHS teacher John Mitchell is their advisor.

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
pdashiell@portangelesschools.org
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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