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MIC Students Contribute to Cisco Networking Challenge Win at CyberPatriot VII National Finals

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 23, 2015) – Demonstrating their technological knowledge and skill, four students enrolled at The Missouri Innovation Campus were part of a team that won the Cisco Networking Challenge and placed third overall at the CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition. The event took place March 11-15 at Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. giving MIC students an opportunity to compete for the national championship title, while also being part of a team that brought home a total of $15,000 in scholarships and other forms of recognition.

CyberPatriots team

Members of the team from Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit that won the CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition that captured third place overall and won the Cisco Networking Challenge celebrate on stage between the contest officials. Four students involved in the Missouri Innovation Campus were part of the team effort.

The MIC is a joint initiative of the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and numerous Kanas City area business partners. Students who participated in the CyberPatriot VII from the MIC were part of a team representing the Summit Technology Academy (STA) in
Lee’s Summit, an educational facility that provides faculty, classroom space and labs for the MIC and serves high school students from sending schools throughout the metropolitan area.

Coached by Lisa Oyer, a teacher at STA, the MIC students who contributed to the CyberPatriot VII Cisco Networking Challenge victory as members of Team Sudo were Cooper Leabo, senior from Lee's Summit West and intern at Cerner; Henry Londre, a senior from Lee's Summit North High School and interns at DST; Jason Cain, a senior at Truman High School in Independence and DST intern; and Justin Nitz, a junior from Lee's Summit West High School who plans to intern at GEHA beginning this summer. Two other teams representing Lee’s Summit North High School (LSNHS) also participated in the CyberPatriot VII National Finals. 

The three Lee’s Summit teams were among just 28 teams from throughout the nation qualifying for the national finals. Students qualifying for the finals received all-expenses-paid travel to the competition.

The 13 open division, 12 all-service division and three middle-school division finalist teams advanced to the nationals through extremely competitive online qualifying rounds. They represented schools and other organizations from 16 states and Canada. LSNHS won in the all-service division, and Summit Technology Academy won in the open division to earn trips to the national competition.

During the CyberPatriot VII National Finals Competition, teams competed to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The national finalists also faced-off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. These extra challenges expose teams to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them. Members of Team Sudo were each awarded $2,500 scholarship based on the success in the competition.

The CyberPatriot competition began in October 2014 with more than 2,100 teams made up of from two to six students registered from all 50 states, Canada, and Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific. After two months of rigorous online challenges, the open division and all-service division teams were divided into three tiers: platinum, gold and silver. The teams continued to compete within their tiers for state awards and advancement to the regional/category round, but only teams in the top tier were eligible to advance to national finals.

CyberPatriot, an education initiative established by the Air Force Association and presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind cyber defense competition designed to inspire students toward futures in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Other program sponsors include Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, USA Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, URS, Riverside Research, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.

The Missouri Innovation Campus is a higher education, public school, and business partnership in Lee’s Summit that enables high school juniors at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy to earn an associate degree from Metropolitan Community College shortly after they graduate from high school. After doing so, they go on to complete a bachelor’s degree from UCM two years earlier than other students who follow a traditional college path. Along the way, MIC students also benefit from paid internships with high-tech corporations which will enhance their job readiness skills and help lower the cost of their education.