Mililani JROTC Cyber Patriots earn national placing

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
JROTC cadets from Mililani High School participate in Cyber Patriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team took top honors in the state, finishing third in its division. (Photo courtesy of retired Lt. Col. Tim Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

JROTC cadets from Mililani High School participate in Cyber Patriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team took top honors in the state, finishing third in its division. (Photo courtesy of retired Lt. Col. Tim Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Mililani Army JROTC
Mililani High School
MILILANI — A team of high school Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from Mililani High School recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the seventh season of Cyber Patriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

The team took top honors in the state and narrowly missed earning a spot in the upcoming national championships in Washington, D.C., finishing third in its division.

In all, 2,175 teams registered to compete in Cyber Patriot VII, including 35 teams from Hawaii.

Cyber Security Exercise
Established by the Air Force Association, the Cyber Patriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

Cyber Patriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada and from DOD schools abroad, to find and resolve cyber security vulnerabilities in simulated environments.

Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

The Cyber Patriot field was divided into three divisions: the Open Division for public, private and home-school teams; the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams; and the Middle School Division.

Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, Cyber Patriot VII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest-scoring teams.

Mililani’s Young Program
Led by Coach (retired) Lt. Col. Tim Schiller, the team of students from Mililani High School Army JROTC excelled in the Cyber Patriot VII qualifying rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cyber security.

The team’s performance earned it a spot in the Category Round held Jan. 16-18, during which it outscored other advancing teams to win the Army JROTC category’s 3rd place award.

“Amazing results. The Trojan Battalion, which activated just two and a half years ago, could not have done so well without the tremendous help of our school administration and our active duty Navy mentors, specifically Mililani’s principal, Mr. Fred Murphy and Lt. Nicolas Ward,” said Schiller.
“The U.S. Navy came out to Mililani High School and set up a training program, twice a week, for two- to three-hour sessions with subject matter experts in all aspects of computer technology.”

The training ensured that all members of the team become experts in all areas of Cyber Patriot. This was the first time the battalion had three separate teams of six cadets to enter the competitions.

“As Mililani Army JROTC looks forward to next year, it is going to engage Mililani Middle School, and its cadets will train future students on Cyber Patriot, giving them a great bridge to tie in with feeder schools and educate them on what we do,” Schiller added.

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