PA Cyber Charter School state's best in cyber-security contest
The competition consisted of a six-hour scenario in which students applied IT skills to remove hacking tools, viruses and other computer security threats.
PA Cyber Wexford Team One, competing in the platinum level of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, finished in first place out of seven teams from across Pennsylvania in a December state round of the competition. They ranked 54th out of 900 teams in the national competition.
"This is a Cinderella story," Joel Cilli, PA Cyber director of STEM education, said about Wexford Team One. "These four boys are all self-taught. They didn't learn this from their parents, friends or an outside mentor. Teams are eligible for professional mentors, but we never had one. They did it on their own, and that's what makes it significant."
The PA Cyber Harrisburg Team finished first out of six teams in the gold tier at the state level. The Wexford Team Two finished second in the gold tier at the state level.
"Our Platinum team is only in its second year of CyberPatriot competition, and this is the first year for both our gold-tier teams," Cilli said. "For these teams to take highest honors in the state is an outstanding accomplishment."