The CyberPatriots Are At It Again!

Central Valley High School’s four CyberPatriot teams participated once again in the world’s largest Youth Cyber Defense competition. Teams registered for this competition represent all 50 States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hungary. This year, in all, 4,404 teams competed, including 79 teams in the state of WA. After multiple rounds of rigorous challenges, teams were divided into three tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver. The teams then competed within their tiers for State Awards, but only teams in the top Platinum tier were eligible to advance to the Regional/Category Round. This year, all four CVHS teams reached the esteemed Platinum Tier, which represents the top 30% overall. Special congratulations go out to CV’S Spontaneously Talos for placing second in the state of WA, and to The Ctrlors for taking fourth place. These two teams went on to Regionals and finished up alongside some of the best teams in the nation!

In light of this success, all four teams were awarded top honors at the Chase Youth Awards Ceremony held at the Fox Theater this month, where each competitor received a special plaque and personally signed letters of recognition from Spokane’s Mayor, David Condon, and the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th congressional district, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The following students are to be congratulated for their hard work and success:

Daniel Powers, Nathan Fightmaster, Jaiden Haley, Steven May, Brianna Cameron, Leona Burk, Hayden Nolting, Jada Bryant, Arman Sharbaaf, Christian Rush, Noah Reneau, Nathan Anderson, Logan Sommer, Nathan Johnson, Spencer Auth, Dylan Lamkins, Nikita Yakovlev, Nate Holmdahl, Shawn Barnett, Reese Strom, Andrew Harter and Nicole Livingston


A very special thanks to this year’s CyberPatriot Technical Mentors for their ongoing training and support:

Ross Johnston, Senior Software Engineer, F5

James Love, Network Engineer, F5

Burke Driscoll, Senior Network Engineer, Cisco

The involvement of our Technical Mentors is an integral part of the CyberPatriot program and vital to the success of our teams.

Additional thanks to our local sponsor, Cinnabon Bakery of Spokane Valley Mall, for providing competitors with delicious cinnamon rolls throughout the training season!

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.