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RMHS’s cybersecurity team among the top in the nation

RMHS’s three Cybersecurity teams participated in CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the state.  Our first place team, 101sec, also placed in the top twelve in the nation (6th place) with the exceptional hard work of Hao Duong, Minh Duong, Colin Parker, Rebecca Phillips, Kamil Podgorski, Audrey Wheeler. With likewise incredible showings and placing second and third in the state were the members of Trojans: Colin Cabana, Richard Kowalski, James Lewnard, Aryan Patel, Viram Shah and the members of Carlsen: Hamza Baig, Ian Jesionek, Ethan Naaktgeboren, James Waters, Alex Wojtowicz.

RMHS competed in the Open Division against other high school students, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and STEM programs from across the country.  There are over 4500 teams from all over the US and Canada that register for the competition each year.  This year due to Covid, about 3000 teams competed in the qualifying rounds, and about 2600 in the National Semifinals.  The competition consists of three rounds.  The first round took place on November 12-15, the second round, which is for placement in the national semifinals were from December 10-13, and the national semifinals were from January 22-23. During the second round, they place you in either the platinum, gold or silver divisions based on your score.  All three of the RMHS teams qualified for the Platinum division. In order to qualify for Nationals, you have to finish in the top 12 in the country. 

This was the 12th annual competition for CyberPatriot, and this was RMHS’s 6th year of participation.  The NJROTC division of the district has been competing since the competition’s inception.  Currently, High School District 214 has students from every school in the district competing. The RMHS competition teams are comprised of students from both Rolling Meadows and Elk Grove High Schools. The district has had quite a bit of success in the past few years, with either one of the teams from Rolling Meadows or from Hersey High Schools finishing first in state.  Last year, Rolling Meadows High School placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the state, finishing about 80th place in the nation.  

Competitors are given images of different operating systems, the last round was an image of Windows 10, Windows Server, Linux Ubuntu and Linux Debian.  They first have to solve a series of Forensics questions regarding the images, and then they essentially have to go through each and find as many security vulnerabilities as possible.  Along with that, there is a Cisco Networking challenge which simulates a real life networking situation where the students have to set up a series of networking and IoT devices and ensure that they are all secure. Once each team opens their image, they have 6 hours to complete all the challenges.

Mike Drenth, RMHS Computer Teacher, led the team to an impressive showing this season.  RMHS was the only school in Illinois to place in the top twelve in this competition.

Congratulations to the teams on this amazing accomplishment!

(Read more about the competition on the CyberPatriot website by clicking here.)

Mike Drenth, RMHS Computer Teacher, led the team to an impressive showing this season.  RMHS was the only school in Illinois to place in the top twelve in this competition.

Congratulations to the teams on this amazing accomplishment!

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