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Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Fighting Irish WINS GOVERNOR’S HIGH SCHOOL CYBER CHALLENGE 2020

October 8th, 2020 – High school teams from across Michigan came together virtually for the finals of the Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge, a cybersecurity competition hosted by the State of Michigan. The ten finalist teams, composed of up to 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 the highest demonstrated mastery of essential cybersecurity skills. The winning teams were announced virtually today at the North American International Cyber Summit.



1st Place: Notre Dame Preparatory School – Fighting Irish

2nd Place: Okemos High School – CyberchiefsA

3rd Place: Canton High School – RebelRebel


The first round of the Cyber Challenge was held from September 14th to September 17th, 2020. Each day of the event focused on a different topic, such as networking, programming, hacking or operating systems. Teams progressed through the story-driven scenarios by submitting their answers to multiple-choice questions.


160 teams, composed of 485 students from 31 Michigan schools, participated in the first round of the challenge. The schools were geographically located across the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.



Ann Arbor Huron High School

Bay City Public Schools

Bay City Western High School

Bedford High School

Cadillac High School

Canton High School

Cass Technical High School

Clinton Community Schools

Clinton High School

Delta-Schoolcraft ISD

Eaton RESA

Grosse Pointe North H.S.

Gull Lake High School

Heartlands Inst. of Technology

Hillsdale Area Career Center

Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC)

Kalamazoo RESA

Lansing Community College

Lapeer County Ed Tech Center


Muskegon Career Tech Center

Newaygo County CTC

Notre Dame Preparatory School

Okemos High School

Oxford Community Schools

Rockford High School

Trenton High School

Tuscola Technology Center

Van Buren Intermediate School District

West Bloomfield High School

Westwood High School


The Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge is facilitated by Merit Network and the Michigan Cyber Range, in partnership with the State of Michigan. Event community supporters include Cisco, Juniper Networks and ADVA.


About The North American International Cyber Summit

The North American International Cyber Summit 2020, hosted by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was held virtually this year. The event, in its ninth year, brought 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 at 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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