Center of Applied Technology South's CyberPatriot Team Wins Top State Award
The 2020-2021 Center of Applied Techology South's CyberPatriot team, SuperCATS, won the 1st-Place State Award for Maryland in the Open Division/ Gold Tier. In their division, IT Networking students Emma Hoesch, Zachary Robinson, David Esposito, Matteo Grignon and Ryan Edwards competed with over 700 Gold-Tier teams and ranked 7th overall. From a field of over 6,500 National teams, students first competed to qualify for placement in the Gold Tier, and in the final round went on to excel at that level.
IT Networking teacher and CyberPatriot team coach Chris Doering stated, "This is a great achievement, the students worked incredibly hard and we couldn't be prouder of them." The team also has an adult mentor, James Bourne, a second-year volunteer from Northrup Grumman. CAT-South Principal Adam Sheinhorn added, "What a shining example of excellence. I am incredibly pleased with these students and Mr. Doering for the hard work and endurance that undoubtedly was required to reach this level of accomplishment.”
According to its website uscyberpatriot.org, 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. The competition is the nation's largest cyber defense competition, putting high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.