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CyberHawks Team Heads to National Semi-Finals Competition

Bloomfield Hills High School’s CyberHawks team recently finished 2nd Overall in the state of Michigan as part of the fall 2022 National Youth CyberPatriot Competition. They competed at the Platinum Tier, which is the highest and most challenging Tier, and only the top 30% of the teams qualify. The CyberHawks are ranked in the top 5.5% in the country out of 1,942 teams that competed in this round. The team qualified to compete in the Semi-Finals where only the top 25% of the teams are invited. The CyberHawks is one of over 60 Clubs and Organizations at BHHS.

The CyberHawks compete as newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams of high school students 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 compete on the following platforms: Windows 10, Server 2019, Ubuntu 20, Cisco Networking and Cisco Packet Tracer. 

Coach Bridget Kravchenko shared, “these are skills that these students are going to have for the rest of their lives. When we were recruiting for new students one of the things I said is that these will be skills that you use for the rest of your career. Whether you are a financial person or in sales, you have to protect your organization.”  

The CyberHawks Team consists of students: Vijay Daita (grade 12, Ubuntu 20.4), Alex Hiott (grade 12, Ubuntu 20.4), Aileen Hsi (grade 11, Network Quiz & Cisco Packet Tracer), Jacob Iwrey (grade 12, Server 2019, Windows 10), Douglas Kravchenko (grade 12, Server 2019), and Adnan Rashid (grade 12, Windows 10). For more information, see www.uscyberpatriot.org.

All the best to the CyberHawks team as they gear up for the Semi-Final competition round coming up on January 21. 

Does this sound appealing to you? The CyberHawks are recruiting for next year! Please contact Coach Kravchenko at bridget.kravchenko@gmail.com for more information or to sign up. 

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