Established by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot's core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.

A team of high school students from First State Military Academy in Clayton captured the Air Force Association Delaware State First Place Award in the All Service Division in CyberPatriot IX, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Established by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.

A total of 4,404 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot IX, including 17 teams from Delaware.

Led by Coach Daniel Bates, the team of students Sage Reynolds, Kade Evans, Reid Sterling, Ryan Eberle, Jorden Bales and Ethan Hoyle from First State Military Academy excelled in the qualifying rounds, earning a spot in the regional rounds in early February.

In addition to winning first place in their division in Delaware, the students also excelled at the national level. The team qualified for the Gold Tier Award in the All Service Division’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and of all the Marine Corps Junior ROTC teams in the Gold Tier nationwide, First State Military Academy placed third.

“These are nice rewards for all the hours and holidays the team put in over the last several months,” said Coach Bates. “As a first year team, we didn’t know how well we stacked up to other teams. These awards show we stack up pretty well.”

The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the open division for public, private, and home school teams, the all service division for Junior ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the middle school division.

Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot IX high school teams were categorized within their divisions as platinum, gold, or silver tier teams, with platinum tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

CyberPatriot 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.