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Clarke Middle School cyber defense teams advance to semifinals

Pictured, from left, are Nathan Allard, Montana Morgan (MS Boys team captain), Alexander Shinn, Caden Earls, Riley Elsbury, Lily Arnold, Brooke Shear (MS Girls team captain), Nathaniel Short
Pictured, from left, are Nathan Allard, Montana Morgan (MS Boys team captain), Alexander Shinn, Caden Earls, Riley Elsbury, Lily Arnold, Brooke Shear (MS Girls team captain), Nathaniel Short

Clarke Middle School students participating in the CyberPatriot competition have earned their way into the semifinal round after scoring in the top half of over 800 global middle school teams.   The high school team scored admirably in the state round, but fell short of the top 25 percent requirement to advance to the semifinal round. Team members include team captain McCormick Evink, Jeremiah Morgan, Ryan Watkins, Devesh Desai, Elijah Keller, and Ethan Domina.   Competitions are held remotely from the Clarke Middle School computer lab. The semifinal round will take place on Feb. 1, and the top three middle school teams advance to the National competition in Baltimore, Maryland.   The Clarke CyberWarriors compete as part of the CyberPatriot Program which teaches cyber defense techniques, ethics, and digital citizenship through virtual competitions in which teams act as network administrators protecting virtual networks. For more information about the program, visit https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home

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