Students from all three Lee’s Summit middle schools recently concluded three rounds of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot — the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created 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.
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, other nations and from Department of Defense Directive schools abroad to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore, Md., for the in-person national finals where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.
Teams from all three middle schools excelled in the CyberPatriot IX Middle School Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The teams’ performances earned them a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals, scheduled Feb. 3-5.
Lee’s Summit R-7 teams dominated the top 10 in Missouri with Bernard Campbell Middle School’s CyberParrots placing first, Summit Lakes Middle School’s Error 37 placing second and Summit Lakes Middle School’s PowerOut placing third. Other R-7 teams in the state’s top 10 were PLMS fourth place, Tempo Storm; SLMS fifth place, Backspace; BCMS sixth place, Error 404; PLMS seventh place, System 32; BCMS ninth place, CyberSpiders; and PLMS 10th place, Scorplings.
Lee’s Summit R-7 team coaches are Lisa Oyler and Kevin Schulmeister, Lee’s Summit R-7 CyberPatriot program coaches and trainers; Carrie Miller-Perry, BCMS; Teri Curp, SLMS; and Sue McCanless, PLMS.
Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot IX Finals Competition in Baltimore, Md., in April. More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org.