Houghton High School CyberHusky Teams Finish in Top 10 at State Cybersecurity Competitions

The Houghton High School CyberHusky1 competition team finished in the top ten in two recent cybersecurity contests, facing students from across Michigan.

In the CyberPatriot 2022 event, the CyberHusky1 competition team ranked No. 7 in Michigan’s open division, finishing in the platinum tier. Nationally, 5000 registered teams and over 20,000 students competed in CyberPatriot 2022.

To receive cybersecurity training, the high school students participated in the GenCyber summer camp and CyberHusky activities. The in-depth technical training was provided by Michigan Tech students in the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

The nation’s largest cyber defense competition, CyberPatriot puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks. It was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

In the Michigan Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge (GHSCC) 2022, the Houghton High School CyberHusky1 competition team finished among the top ten, competing against more than 600 students from across Michigan. Four additional Houghton CyberHusky teams participated in the event, all of them finishing on the Top 100 list.

The GHSCC aims to expose K-12 students to cybersecurity at no cost to the students or schools. Students participate in various challenges that test their knowledge of cybersecurity, computer science, and information technology through two rounds of competitions.

The GHSCC is sponsored by Merit Network, Inc., an independent nonprofit corporation governed by Michigan’s public universities.

The Houghton High School CyberHusky teams are coached by Michigan Tech faculty and students. Local middle school and high school students who want to learn more about cybersecurity and computers are invited to join. Membership is free to all participants. Students learn in-depth knowledge about Linux, Windows, network, cybersecurity, coding, hacking, and more