Fairfax County Public Schools swept the national finals of CyberPatriot V, the national high school cyber defense competition held last month. Two teams of students from George C. Marshall High School Academy finished in second and third place, and a team from Chantilly High School Academy placed first.
Marshall is the only high school in the country to ever send more than one team to the CyberPatriot finals, and FCPS is the only school district in the history of the competition to win all three top awards. Each team member received a medal and a scholarship for college as prizes.
CyberPatriot, an education initiative established by the Air Force Association in 2008, is a cyber defense competition designed to inspire students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in their studies. Teams are scored on their ability to create and maintain secure computer networks.
Marshall Academy’s second-place Flying Bacon team was captained by Kevin Houk with competitors C.J. Gardner, Alex Handley, Jack Lynch, Ramon Martinez-Diaz, and Peter Morrissey. The third-place Marshall Academy team, ______ Invaders, was captained by Jacob Walters with competitors Sepehr Ansaripour, Charlie Franks, Xhesi Galanxhi, Peter Marr, and Alex Ryan.