Two teams of juniors in the WCCC Cybersecurity program placed first and second in Ohio in the extremely difficult Air Force Association CyberPatriot competitions. Nationally, approximately 3,000 teams competed, and 60 teams competed in Ohio.
“The class was fortunate to have Dr. Brian Mork of Wright Patterson Cyber Operations as a mentor this year,” Instructor Diana Conner-Marks said. “He taught lessons in our classroom and attended the first competition with the students. We are so grateful he shared his expertise with us, and I am so proud of my students.”
The first-place winners (at left) are the "Cyber Rock Stars" Olivia Siegmann, Lebanon; Donivan Ellis, Lebanon (not pictured); Wyatt Goode, Little Miami; and Ainsley Cutshall, Waynesville.
The second-place winners (below) are "Cyber Gamers" Conner Nichols, Waynesville; Keith Mounce, Lebanon; John Yates, Springboro; and Tim Williams, Springboro.
“I’m glad I was able to come in and present a bit to the students,” Dr. Mork said. “Honestly, they were picking stuff up pretty fast and probably could move past me. For them, it’s an excellent career move and some of them were motivated in that direction.”
The students said the competition was a great experience and that they learned a lot from participating. “It helped improve my skills,” Tim Williams added.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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.