The Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot team, consisting of Ben Roberts, Nick Piane, Paul Sienkiewicz, and Jered Slabaugh, competed in the CyberPatriot VI Regional Recognition Round on Saturday, March 8th after receiving 1st place in the State Recognition Round back in February. The team is coached by Michael Reed, Howe's Chief Technology Officer. CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The Midwest regional consisted of 1st place teams in the all-service division from 7 different states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin).
Team members were given the task of securing 3 different virtual images (Microsoft Server 2003, Microsoft Server 2008, and Ubuntu 12.04) in a 6-hour time period during the regional round. Howe Military scored 80 out of 100 on Windows Server 2008, 77 out of 100 on Windows Server 2003, and 57 out of 100 on Ubuntu 12.04 to finish with a scored of 214 out of 300 in the round. Their score was good enough to earn Howe a 1st place finish in the all-service division of the regional round and a great end to a terrific season. The team will lose two seniors next year in Piane and Roberts, but coach Reed has high hopes for next season with Sienkiewicz and Slabaugh returning as team captains. The team fell just a few points short back in January's semifinal round from qualifying for Nationals in Washington, D.C.; a goal the team looks to achieve in the upcoming CyberPatriot VII season.