SACS Ruby Red middle school team finished 9th in Texas.
(Pictured: Xander Reston, Zereth Reston, and Austin Glander)
Of The 646 middle school teams competing in the previous 3 rounds, the SACS Ruby Red middle school team was among 327 middle school teams that advanced to the semi-final round of competition held on Saturday, Feb. 10th.
Demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity, the team performed remarkably well. David Hoeft, the team coach, said “The team met the night before and planned out their strategy and documented it in their team OneNote notebook. This extra effort helped them tackle the challenges they faced the next day.” Out of 327 teams that competed nationally, the Ruby Red team placed 118. This put them in the top 36% of all semifinalist middle school teams in the nation. Out of 32 semifinalist teams in Texas, the team placed 9th. Coach Hoeft also stated, “This is not the last we are going to hear about this team. They are already working to place even higher next season. I am so proud of them and their hard work.” To recognize them for their achievement, they will receive a special semi-finalist certificate award from the CyberPatriot organization.
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. CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.
The final event of this season is the San Antonio 2018 Mayor’s Cyber Cup Awards Luncheon & College Fair on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Both middle school teams will be attending as well as the high school team. #SACSProud