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DETROIT. October 28, 2019 – High School teams from across Michigan came to the 2019 North American International Cyber Summit (NAICS) at TCF Center in Detroit on October 28, 2019, for the finals of the Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge. The GHSCC is 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 the highest demonstrated mastery of essential cybersecurity skills. The winning teams received award trophies presented by Governor Gretchen Whitmer during lunch at the NAICS.



1st Place: Okemos High School – Cyberchiefs A
2nd Place: Canton High School – Bright Pigs
3rd Place: Newaygo County CTC – NCCTC01

To earn a spot in the finals of the Cyber Challenge, the teams competed online in the first round, which was held September 30th – October 3rd, 2019. 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.

218 teams comprised of 654 students participated in the challenge. The schools were geographically located across the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.



Airport High School
Ann Arbor Huron High School
Cadillac High School
Canton High School
Cass Technical High School
Cedarville School
Clinton High School
Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
Detroit Public Schools Community District
East Kentwood High School
Gull Lake High School
Hillsdale Area Career Center
Holt High School
Hudsonville High School
​Okemos High School Cyberchiefs A
​Canton High School Bright Pigs
​Newaygo County CTC NCCTC01
Hudsonville Public schools
Hudsonville Robotics Club
Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center
Lapeer County Educational Tech Center

LCC- Eaton Regional Education Service Agency
LCC/Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency
Manistique Area Schools

Marquette Alger RESA
Marquette Area Public School
Marquette Senior High School
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
Negaunee High School
Newaygo County Career Tech Center
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Okemos High School
Pickford Public Schools
Pinckney Community High School
Rockford High School
Student Information Technology Services
Trenton High School
Troy High School
Tuscola Technology Center
Van Buren Intermediate School District
West Bloomfield High School
Westwood Community Schools
Westwood High 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 community supporters include Cisco, Juniper Networks and ADVA.


About The North American International Cyber Summit

The North American International Cyber Summit 2019 will once again take place in the heart of Downtown Detroit at the TCF Center. The event, in its eighth 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 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:

MEDIA CONTACT: Pierrette Widmeyer, c: 937.212.0631, e: [email protected]