On Friday, January 11th, the Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot team competed in the State Round of the CyberPatriot XI competition. We are proud to announce that the Academy’s team earned the 1st place award for the State of Indiana in the All-Service division of the competition, and they placed 81st out of 341 Platinum Tier teams nationally. Congratulations to Cadets Justin Baker, Greg Dutcher, Matthew Garrow, Phillip Green, Dillon Vermillion, and Riley Ward on this exciting accomplishment!

Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program is designed to attract students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – including cybersecurity-specific fields. Throughout the CyberPatriot competition, teams have just six hours to find and secure as many security vulnerabilities as possible within three different virtual images (Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Server 2012, and Ubuntu 14). Additionally, team members have to complete a 10 question Cicso networking quiz and a Cisco Packet Tracer exercise.

Howe Military Academy’s scores throughout Round 1 and 2 of the competition earned them a place in the Platinum Tier—this is the highest and only tier that qualifies to compete for a place in the National Finals. The team’s overall performance in the recent State Round has earned them a position in the Semifinals, which will take place on Friday, February 1st. The team must place in the top 13 of the 85 teams that will be competing in the Semifinals round to qualify for the National Finals in Maryland. Howe’s CyberPatriot coach, Mr. Nathan Denton, is very proud of the team’s efforts and excited for their opportunity to compete in the upcoming Semifinals.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for CyberPatriot XI.