WHS takes first in state in cybersecurity competition | #natoinalcybersecurity | #homelandsecurity


WOONSOCKET – A team from Woonsocket High School emerged victorious in the Girls Go Cyberstart championships, placing first in Rhode Island in the national high school cybersecurity competition.

Nina Kachittavong, Lena Inthisenesouk, Rushie Vilane and Kaycie Tanabe were the four members of the winning CyberCrew. Nancy Koczera, math department chairwoman and PTECH computer science teacher, oversees the program at Woonsocket High School.

The students competed from home on May 20 and 21. They took on more than 360 other high school teams in the national finals, which were the culmination of a five-month, multi-stage contest beginning in January. Participants had to demonstrate that they could master hands-on hacking, forensics and cyber defensive skills by solving real-world cybersecurity problems.

Over 15,000 girls registered to participate in the program this year, with around 36 percent qualifying for the national championship. The top-scoring teams in the final round, both nationally and per state, were competing for cash prizes as high as $400 per team member and $250 for their school.

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