Stacey students that competed in CyberPatriot XI this year had the opportunity to attend the 9th Annual San Antonio Mayor’s Cyber Cup on Saturday, March 30th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. Approximately 900 competitors, coaches and sponsors attended the event. The San Antonio area fielded 317 teams this year (out of 6,387 worldwide), more than any US city.
The morning started off with a college fair, where the students met one-on-one with advisers from computer/cyber departments of local colleges and universities. A formal luncheon followed with Maj Gen Robert Skinner, Commander of the 24th AF & AF Cyber, as the guest speaker. Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio, spoke on the outstanding support from sponsors as well as the importance of cybersecurity to the SA economy. An awards ceremony followed, where JROTC teams from Holmes, Roosevelt and Alamo Heights were recognized for being Platinum national finalist teams. Chris Cook and Adam Cavazos of the CyberTexas Foundation recognized the teams. Joe Sanchez, director of the CyberTexas Foundation and Brig Gen Bernard Skoch, the national commissioner of CyberPatriot, were the last speakers of the day and also gave closing remarks.
This year’s Stacey teams did better at the competition than any previous year; three of the teams achieved Platinum tier status and the all-girls team reached the Gold tier. Those attending Saturday were (left to right around the table) Jade Born (12th), Conner O’Malley (11th), Cedric Stubbs, Jr (12th), Allison Flores (9th), Abriana Himantog (12th), Jordan Peterson (12th), Sara Kinney (11th), Taylor Grider (11th), Mark Dombrowski (11th), Jack Macfarlane (11th).
CyberPatriot would not be possible without many sponsors, some of whom include: AFA, Air Force STEM, IPSecure, Rackspace, SecureLogix, Accenture, CPS Energy and BoozAllenHamilton.