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Just before the holiday break, Monterey Trail High School’s Design and Technology Academy (DATA) students completed an exceptional round of competition in the seventh annual CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. This is the second year the DATA Academy has competed in CyberPatriot.

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was established by the Air Force Association to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

Teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and abroad, find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. 2,175 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VII, including 416 teams from California.

Led by Coach Skip Brewer, DATA Academy students did exceptionally well in the CyberPatriot VII State Round with three gold teams and one platinum team. Three of the eight gold teams advancing to the Gold Tier Regional Round are DATA Academy students.  The Regional Round will be held on January 16-18, 2015.

Watching these young men and women during these competitions has been an amazing experience for me.  None of them had any experience in cyber-security when we started, and it is incredible how quickly they have learned the subject, and how well they work together as teams.  I am very proud of all of them. – Skip Brewer, Coach

Please join us in congratulating the students at Monterey Trail High School’s DATA Academy.

More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org.