Sixteen AHS Students Participate in National Cyber Scholarship Competition

Computer programming students in Mrs. Prather's class at Azle High School recently participated in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through CyberStart America. Beginning February 25, students began competing in the National Cybersecurity Competition which concluded on March 8. In total, 27,934 students from across the country competed, and the top 4,760 students qualified for the National Cyber Scholarship competition, including 16 AHS students. The National Competition took place online April 5-6.

CyberStart America is a new program that is designed to give high school students in the U.S. free access to cybersecurity learning resources written and developed by industry professionals, acting as an onramp to a career in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. Students can gain free access to more than 200 real-world cybersecurity challenges which are made fun and accessible for all abilities through gamified and addictive challenges, including puzzles, programming problems, reverse engineering, and more.

A student’s performance in these challenges can qualify them for the National Cyber Scholarship competition which allows students to compete for college scholarships, prizes, and recognition of their cyber skills. Students who score high enough can be awarded access to accredited cybersecurity training, provided by SANS Technology Institute, worth $3,000. Schools will find out if any students have qualified for the college scholarship in May. 

"I am so very, very proud of these students," said Prather. "This was our first time to be involved in this national competition. They worked very hard and did an excellent job. None of these students had ever studied cybersecurity before this competition."

AHS has qualified more students for this national competition than the entire states of New Mexico, South Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Montana, Alaska, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming! Way to go, Hornets!
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National Cyber Scholarship Semi-finalists: 
Reece Davisstudents sitting at computers working
Jacob Estrada
Kalen McCullough
Amanda Thorpe
Braden Forsythe
Dakota Brewton
Carson Cooper
Paul Leonard
Jordan Rodriguez
Michael Gideons
Derek Bernsen
Scarlet Feemster
John Williams
Addison Taylor
Alexander Heath
Alysa Potter