Cyber Patriots win big at IVC Competition

The OPA-Middle School Cyber Patriots team recently attended a competition at Irvine Valley College competing against other schools and teams. 8 OPA-MS teams competed, with “The Nerds” coming out on top. Congratulations to all of our competitors for your hard work, with special recognition to those achieving top awards:

“The Nerds” – CyberPatriot Award for Outstanding Middle School Team. Members: Alessandra Noronha (Co-Captain), Sophie Mansoury (Co-Captain), Diego Chacaliaza, and Abhinav Goli.

Carter Sogata – IVC’s CyberPatriot Distinguished Competitor

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air & Space Forces Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation’s largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.

OPA-Middle School Cyber Patriots is an after-school club affiliated with the Middle School. What started as a small group of only a few students has grown to 9 teams this year. Thank you to coaches Ms. Karen Noronha, Ms. Tiffany Wong Mansoury, Ms. Peggy Gunawan, Ms. Sara Kajbaf, and Ms. Jeevan Vakicherla for their contributions and time in growing this important and worthwhile club.