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Friday, January 25, 2013

Three FCPS Teams Reach Finals in CyberPatriot V Competition


            Three Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teams have been named national finalists in the open division competition of the CyberPatriot V competition, the premiere high school cyber defense competition designed to inspire high school students to pursue careers in cyber security or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. The teams are from Chantilly Academy and Marshall Academy, two of the six high school academies in FCPS.
            Two Marshall Academy teams qualified for the national finals. Team one members are C.J. Gardner, Alex Handley, captain Kevin Houk, Jack Lynch, Ramon Martinez-Diaz, and Peter Morrissey. Team two members are Pear Ansorrypour, Charlie Franks, Jessie Galanxhi, Peter Marr, Alex Ryan, and captain Jacob Walters. Marshall Academy’s Cyber Security Club is sponsored by Computer Systems A+ instructor Jason Simeon and career experience specialist Shelli Carpenter and mentored by Ryan Walters, president and CEO of TerraWi. 
            The team from Chantilly Academy includes Anirudh Bagde, Weyland Chiang, Chris Kim, Bryan Nguyen, and Tim Rothschild.  Chantilly Academy’s CyberPatriot Team mentors are cyber security professionals from Northrop Grumman Information Systems headquartered in McLean. 
            A total of 12 teams were named finalists in the open division. Teams are provided virtual machines that contain vulnerabilities, and are required to clean the image in a set amount of time. The virtual machines can have Windows or GNU-Linux operating systems. Teams that find the most vulnerabilities pass on to the next round. Competitors must be enrolled in grades 9-12.
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.