By TYLER LAHNEN
Jacksonville Composite Squadron, Florida Wing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 18, 2011: A team of north Florida cadets earned national recognition during a cybersecurity competition this spring.
Three cadets from Jacksonville Composite Squadron earned trophies and prize money for their performance at the U.S. Cyber Challenge's Cyber Foundations national competition. The cadets' team was the only non-school team in the challenge, which went from February through May.
The cadets – David Dedios, Neil Stagner and Rosemary Hofstedt – were trained in computer operating systems, system administration and networking. After the training, event organizers tested the competitors on each of the knowledge areas, and at the end of the competition, points were tallied and state and national rankings were given.
Dedios placed 36th in the national ranking, while Stagner came in 101st and Hofstedt placed 154th in the field of about 630 youths. The team was Florida’s best.
"I am very proud of all of our cyber defense cadets," team coach Maj. Chad Tripp said. "They sacrificed personal and school time to learn new and even advance computer concepts in order to better themselves for the future."
The cadets' success comes on the heels of a Central Florida cadet team’s national championship – complete with the Commander In Chief's Cup – at the 2010 Air Force Association's CyberPatriot III cyberdefense competition. The Jacksonville cadets competed in the first three rounds of CyberPatriot III, and believe that experience and the Cyber Challenge will help them go deeper in the CyberPatriot IV competition this year.
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