Phoenix Graham, O-U BOCES team place third in CyberPatriot Competition

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Phoenix Graham was part of a third-place winning team at Orange-Ulster BOCES CTE in the New York State round of the CyberPatriot Competition.

Goshen High School junior Phoenix Graham and her teammates from Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center — each a first-year student in Robert McMann’s Cisco/CCNA Computer Networking Class — won the third-place in New York State Gold Tier award in the third round of the CyberPatriot Competition.

The competition is part of a cyber-education program conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — disciplines critical to the future and security of the United States.

Phoenix’s team members are Oluseye Ilori (Pine Bush HS), Charles Mason (Minisink Valley HS) and Kevin Ward (Cornwall HS).

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which puts teams in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Each round lasts six hours and involved more than 2,600 teams that entered this year in the open division.

Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education programs give students the opportunity to graduate from high school with technical experience, professional skills, national industry certifications, and college credit in a wide variety of high-demand occupations. For more information, visit www.ouboces.org.

Information and photo by Thomas Bushey, Orange-Ulster BOCES.