Academy CyberPatriot Teams Place 1st and 2nd in State Middle School Division

Today we found out that the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering students on the two CyberPatriot teams we fielded placed first and second overall in the Middle School Division State Round. In other words, out of the Connecticut middle school teams competing in CyberPatriot, we were the best and second best overall. Our teams were named as those in a military exercise are named: Blue Team, which ended up being #1, and Red Team, which came in #2. Newington Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. William C. Collins, came and presented the award certificates to both teams. Here are photos:

Superintendent Collins presents awards to Academy of Aerospace and Engineering CyberPatriot teams (Blue Team on left and Red Team on right)
Blue Team Captain (left) and Red Team Captain (right) accept awards from Superintendent Collins

What is CyberPatriot?

“CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.” (Source:

For the Middle School Division of CyberPatriot, the teams competed in three rounds–Round One in November, Round Two in December, and the State Round in January. The top teams out of these three rounds advanced to the semifinals in February. We did not make this cut, but we still did very well overall. Considering this is our second season competing, we have grown considerably in knowledge and skill in cyber security, so we plan to do even better next year. As the leader of a STEM academy, I have found CyberPatriot to be an outstanding experience. The students not only learned about cyber security in-depth, but they also learned how to compete in an online setting with thousands of other competitors.

Here are the award certificates:


Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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