Posted Date: 02/05/2020
Ponca City, OK – A team of students from Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) earned 2nd place at the state level in the twelfth season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. This included two students from Blackwell High School, Chance Pritchard (front, left) and Alex Norton (back, right).
Established by AFA in 2009, CyberPatriot is designed to educate and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects critical to our nation’s future.
CyberPatriot’s core program challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada, and other schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Rockville, Md., for the in-person National Finals Competition.
Led by Coach Zac Ladner, the team of students from PTC excelled in the CyberPatriot XII State Round held in December, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills needed for a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned a 2nd Place Award in the Gold semifinal round.
“I’m super proud of these students, they worked hard and used skills that will assist them in finding a top-notch career in this field,” remarked Ladner.
Top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier will advance to the CyberPatriot XII National Finals Competition in Rockville, Md., in March.