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DETROIT. October 29, 2018 – High School teams from across Michigan came to the 2018 North American International Cyber Summit (NAICS) at Cobo Center in Detroit on October 29, 2018, 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.

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 the NAICS.



1st Place: Cadillac High School – Cyber Vikings
2nd Place: Marquette Senior HIgh School – Trsm MSHS
3rd Place: Okemos High School – Chiefs

To earn a spot in the finals of the Cyber Challenge, the teams competed online in the first round, which was held October 1-4, 2018. Each day focused on a different topic, such as networking, programming, hacking and operating systems, and the challenges consisted of story driven multiple-choice questions. Round one was open-book style, in which students were encouraged to scour the internet to answer the questions.

223 teams comprised of 650 students participated in the challenge. The schools were geographically located across the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.



Kalamazoo Area Math Science Center
Grosse Pointe North H.S.
GP North 8
Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College
Clarkston Community Schools District
Clinton Community School District
Clinton Consolidated School District
Livonia Career Technical Center
Jackson High School
Trenton High School
Airport High School
Westwood Community School
Charlevoix Middle High School
Henry Ford Academy
Baldwin Community Schools
Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
Marquette Senior High School
Lenawee ISD
Marquette Area Public Schools
Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
Troy High School
Canton High School
Gull Lake High School
Clinton High School
Bath High School
Golightly Career and Technical Center
Wilson Talent Center
Southgate Schools
Cedarville High School
Cadillac High School
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
Marquette Alger Technical Middle College
Advanced Technology Academy
Lapeer County Education and Technology Center
Okemos High School
King High School
Anchor Bay High School
Genesee Intermediate School District – Genesee Career Institute
Ishpeming High School
Hillsdale Area Career Center
Hudsonville Public Schools
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
Newaygo County RESA
Newaygo County CTC
Westwood High School
Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District
Heartlands Institute of Technology
Cass Technical High School
Fraser High School
Robichaud/westwood community school

The Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge is run and facilitated by Merit Network and the Michigan Cyber Range, in partnership with the State of Michigan. Event sponsors include AmeriNet, Juniper Networks and ADVA Optical Networking.


About The North American International Cyber Summit

The North American International Cyber Summit 2018 hosted by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, will once again take place in the heart of Downtown Detroit at Cobo Center. The event, in its seventh year, will bring together experts from across the globe to address a variety of cybersecurity issues impacting the world.


About Merit Network:

Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information:

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