Stu­dents excel in cy­ber­se­cu­rity event

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian - BY JOHN FITZRANDOL­PH

A team from Coast Union High School con­tin­ues to excel in the Cy­ber-Pa­triot pro­gram, a com­pe­ti­tion that high­lights cy­ber-se­cu­rity — a highly sought after skill in this era of com­puter hack­ing and other dig­i­tal crimes against in­di­vid­u­als, or­ga­ni­za­tions and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The pro­gram, cre­ated by the Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion, in­spires K-12 stu­dents to work toward ca­reers in cy­ber se­cu­rity and other re­lated sci- ences.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of Coast Union’s Path­ways/ Dual En­roll­ment In­struc­tor, Ayen John­son, the teams (in­clud­ing Luis Plas­cen­cia, Trent Fer­gu­son, Dar­ian and Jonathan Jewel, Mag­nus Marhaler, Nate Markham, Caiden Kennedy, Fer­nando Sepul­veda, and Jack Bruce) have now fin­ished the qual­i­fy­ing rounds — and have qual­i­fied to move on in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Their com­bined scores dur­ing the se­cond round in the cur­rent com­pe­ti­tion (193 and 301 out of 2400 teams held on Dec. 7) means they have reached the high­est tier, Plat­inum. They will need to be “in the top 25 per­cent in or­der to go on the semi-fi­nals,” John­son ex­plained in an email in­ter­view.

Ul­ti­mately, the top 12 Cal­i­for­nia Cy­berPa­triot teams will go to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for the Na­tion­als.

AYEN JOHN­SON Cour­tesy photo Two stu­dents from this year’s Cy­berPa­tri­ots team (Luis Plasen­cia, left, and Axel Bec­cer­ril, right) are in their se­cond year on the team.

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