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Cope’s CyberPatriot team advances to division semifinals

(Submitted by Elizabeth Vance) Members of the Cope Middle School Cyberpatriot team are (front row) Jacob Jordan and Jacob Brown; (back row) Ben Smiley, Logan Wilhite, and Kinan Kasabali.

A team of students from Cope Middle School in Bossier City recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the seventh season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Led by teachers Pete Traylor and Angie Bellotte, the team of students from Cope Middle School excelled in the CyberPatriot VII Middle School Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned it a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals to be held January 16-18, 2015.

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, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division.

In all, 2,175 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VII.

Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals Round January 16-18, 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 VII Finals Competition in Washington, D.C.

For more info, visit at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from the CyberPatriot staff at info@uscyberpatriot.org.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.