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Gov. Markell Honors Padua CyberPatriots


Students from Padua Academy earned the Delaware state title for the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition for the third consecutive year! For the second consecutive year, Padua teams have earned both 1st and 2nd place. This is Padua’s 6th year in the competition.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA), comprised of over 3,000+ teams from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. The teams are given the task of removing malware and securing vulnerable computers running Windows 8.1, Windows Server and Ubuntu Linux with a 6 hour period in which to do so. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. For more information on the program, you can visit their website at:

Under the direction of Padua coaches Fred Stinchcombe, Michelle Schneider and mentor Emily Bush ’13, this year’s teams included CyberPatriot veterans, Sasha Jones ’16, Emily Platz ’16, Emily Evans ’16, Taylor-Elizabeth Peart ’16, Gwedolyn Bugglin-Borer ’16 and Meghan DeBosier ’17 and new team members, Lauren Griffith ’17, Margaret Banker ’17, Quinn Krenzel ’17, Devashree Vasavada ’18 and Ava Stratton ’18.

Here is a video clip from the Governor’s visit:



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