SHELTON (AUDIO) — Six students attending Olympic Middle School in Shelton recently placed 2nd overall as a team among middle schools across the state in a CyberPatriots National Youth Cyber Education competition.

The CyberPatriotXII is a nationwide competition where students compete online securing windows and linux systems and hardening them against attack.

The Shelton team is led by Olympic Middle School Science Teacher Mike Burlette and six students ranging from sixth-eighth grade. This is only the second year Olympic Middle School students have participated in competition.

Success at the state competition qualified the Shelton team known as “CyberStrike” for the national semifinals taking place on Saturday. Olympic Middle School Science Teacher Mike Burlette said the 6-hour competition will test team “CyberStrike’s” skills against a number of experienced schools across the country.

CyberPatriots, a national cyber defense education initiative is run by the Air Force Association and sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Microsoft among others.

Burlette said the hands on cyber experience has helped his students gain confidence inside and outside of the classroom.

The top finishers from this Saturday’s semifinal competition will advance to an all-expense paid trip to the national finals in Washington D.C in March.

Olympic Middle School’s CyberStrike Team Roster: Richard Beckman, River Hardy, Mark Sanchez, A. B. Gammons, Quinn Martin and Jaidyn Christopherson.

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