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High School Cyber Challenge Winners Announced

High School teams from across Michigan came to the 2016 North American International Cyber Summit (NAICS) at Cobo Center in Detroit on October 17, 2016, for the finals of the High School Cyber Challenge, a cybersecurity competition created by Governor Rick Snyder. The ten finalist teams, comprised of three students each, completed challenges designed to test their knowledge of information technology and cybersecurity.
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Governor Snyder with the winning team from Clinton High School

Teams compete in the High School Cyber Challenge in Detroit

[/visibility] The competition scores were based on the number of completed virtual challenges and highest demonstrated mastery of essential cybersecurity skills. The winning teams received award trophies during lunch at NAICS.

1st Place: Clinton High School – Clinton, MI
2nd Place: Airport High School – Carleton, MI
3rd Place: Cadillac High School – Cadillac, MI

To earn a spot in the finals of the Cyber Challenge, the teams competed online in the first round, which was held September 26-29, 2016. Each day focused on a different topic, such as networking, programming, hacking and operating systems, and the challenges consisted of 20 multiple-choice questions. Round one was open-book style, in which students were encouraged to scour the internet to answer the questions.

The Michigan Cyber Range, powered by Merit Network, facilitated and scored the online challenges. Ninety-four teams (282 students) from twenty-nine different schools participated in the challenge. The schools were geographically located across the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

Airport High School – Carleton, MI
Ann Arbor Huron High School – Ann Arbor, MI
Ashley High School – Ashley, MI
Bad Axe High School – Bad Axe, MI
Bath High School – Bath Twp, MI
Blended Learning Academies – Lansing, MI
Bridgeport High School – Bridgeport MI
Buchanan High School – Buchanan, MI
Cadillac High School – Cadillac, MI
Caledonia High School – Caledonia, MI
Capital Area Career Center – Mason, MI
Clinton High School – Clinton, MI
Frontier International Academy – Detroit, MI
Genesee Career Institute – Flint, MI
Greenville High School – Satterlee School – Greenville, MI
Gull Lake High School – Richland, MI
Heartlands Institute of Technology – Ionia, MI
Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center – Kalamazoo, MI
Lapeer County Education & Technology Center – Attica, MI
Lowell High School – Lowell, MI
Manchester High School – Manchester, MI
Marquette Senior High School – Marquette, MI
Michigan Virtual School – Lansing, MI
New Buffalo High School – New Buffalo, MI
Ovid-Elsie High School – Elsie, MI
Pentwater Public Schools – Pentwater, MI
Pinckney Community High School – Pinckney, MI
University Prep Science & Math High School – Detroit, MI
Westwood High School – Ishpeming, MI

The goal of next year’s High School Challenge is to make it bigger and better with more teams from across Michigan competing in the event.