DCHS CyberPatriot wins Kentucky state championship

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – A team of Daviess County High School students participated in the CyberPatriot competition, a program created by the US Air Force Association.

The competition challenges students to learn more about skills and careers involved with cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that are essential to national security.

DCHS was one of 31 teams from Kentucky and 6,760 teams from across the United States and Canada.

The team earned first place in the state of Kentucky on December 6 and is advancing to the semifinal round and will compete from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 25.

The DCHS team is coached by Michael Gatrost, who serves as a Naval JROTC instructor at Daviess County High School. “I’m extremely proud of the Cadets,” Senior Chief Gatrost said. “The competition is increasing in difficulty and variety. In previous years, we just cleaned up viruses and secured vulnerabilities in computer security. The Cadets have had to learn skills in Cisco networking and configuring various network servers to provide specific roles in working environments.”

DCHS team captain is Micah Rice. Team members are Madison Kelley, Samuel Manqueros, Shelby Taylor, John Vanover, Kali Howard and Abel Galloway.

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(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)

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