AFROTC Places Second in State at CyberPatriot Competition
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lincoln-Way North/East AFJROTC recently placed Second in the All Service Gold Tier in the Illinois state round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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. In all, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII.

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. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VIII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

Sponsored by Master Sergeant Dale Steen, the team of students, including Jared Bachman, Arick Hauschild, and James Casteel, excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII State Round held January 29-31, 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 Gold Tier Regional/Category Round to be held February 19-21, 2016.

Lincoln-way North/East AFJROTC also fielded a team comprised of Jacob Cohen, Amanda Sorensen, Michael Wojcik, Timothy Lutz, and Nathan Grah who competed in the highest “Platinum Tier” of the competition.

Steen said “I’m very proud of all of our CyberPatriot participants. Both of our teams were phenomenal. They were all self-taught and self coached since their computer skills far surpass my own. One team earning the privilege of competing in the elite ‘Platinum Level’ of competition was fantastic. And this ‘Gold Level’ team placing second place in the state of Illinois should really make the Lincoln-Way area proud.”