Teams of students from Summit Technology Academy and Lee’s Summit North High School recently qualified for nationals in CyberPatriot VI.
Each team advanced through three qualifying rounds. These rounds reduced the number of competing teams from 1,500 plus teams to the final 14 finalists in each division.
The LSNHS Air Force Junior ROTC team will compete in the all-service division. Two teams from Summit Technology Academy are competing in the open division. The National CyberPatriot Competition will be held during March in Washington, D.C.
Summit Technology CyberPatriot team members are Jesse Roberts, Glenn Banhart, James Bryant, Cody Pullen, Dalton Campbell, Henry Londre’, Jason Cain and Justin Nitz, all members of Kernel Panic; and Brian Green, Captain, Ben Wolff, Cliff Martin, Cooper Leabo, Armaja Larue-Hill, Taylor Scafe, Jason Pucilowski and Logan Cousins, all members of Team Sudo.
Brian Green and Ben Wolff are returning team members who competed at nationals last year. The team is coached by Lisa Oyler, Summit Technology Academy teacher. John Madick of Epiq Systems in Kansas City, Kan., serves as the team’s mentor.
Lee’s Summit North High School Air Force Junior ROTC team members are AJ Baker, Michaela Ditterline, Christopher Asmus, Sam Galarnyk and Dylan Reeves.
The team is coached by Lt Col John Deese, and the team mentor is Kevin Schulmeister, a 2013 Lees Summit North graduate and past CyberPatriot competitor.
The LSNHS and Summit Technology Academy teams are continuing to train together for nationals, which will include cyber security, computer forensics, digital forensics and a Cisco networking competition.
The open division started with 604 teams competing for the top 12 spots. Summit Technology Academy is the only school with more than one team placing in the national round. The all-service division began with 834 teams competing for 14 finalist positions.
CyberPatriot is a National High School Cyber Defense Competition and an education initiative established by the Air Force Association in 2008. It is a cyber-defense competition designed to inspire students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in their studies.