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Parkway goes to Washington


Cyber team will spend spring break competing in national finals in the nation’s capital 

Story by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Parish Schools

Six Parkway High School JROTC students will be spending their Spring Break in Washington D.C., but it will not be a sight-seeing trip. The LA-071 is one of 14 high school cyber teams across America to advance to the CyberPatriot VI National Finals Competition.

News was delivered Friday to the team, which is comprised of three seniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. They are the only Louisiana team to advance to this level of the competition. The CyberPatriot VI is the largest, most prestigious school cyber competition in the United States.

“I don’t know what challenges they will pose, so you try your best to be as prepared as possible,” said Austin Carr, one of the Parkway team members.

Each team member has a specialty, focusing on different computer operating systems. Their job is to create firewalls and use other methodology to thwart hackers’ attempts to breach financial information and threaten national security.

Parkway cyber team members will begin preparing next week for the national competition, ultimately spending two hours each day after school sharpening their skills in network forensics, network security and CISCO networking.

The team, along with JROTC Instructor MSgt. Bob O’Brien, will travel to the national finals March 26-30 in Washington, D.C.