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Three STA students hold their award at MORENet 2019.

LSR7 students dominate at Missouri High School Cyber Security Challenge

Summit Technology Academy teams had a fantastic showing at MORENet’s (that’s Missouri Research and Education Network) Missouri High School Cyber Security Challenge at the Lake of the Ozarks last week.

The Renegades, made up of Jacob Saunders, Will Metz, and Quentin Kubin and coached by STA instructor Julie Akers, took second place, while their STA classmates’ Rylan Martin, Nabeel Shuaib and Sam Alvarado, of Multiple Instances Detected, earned third. STA instructor Lisa Oyler coached MID.

STA students hold their scholarship check at MORENet 2019.

Multiple Instances Detected members hold their scholarship check at MORENet 2019.

The students, who competed against more than 50 teams statewide in Round 1 before the competition was narrowed to ten for Round 2 last week, were tested in skills related to networking, programming and system security. The top three teams earned a one-time, non-renewable $2,000 scholarship to the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, in addition to a team trophy and a cash award for their tech program.

On top of that, students interacted with Gov. Mike Parson, who recognized the top 10 teams in the competition.

STA students interact with Gov. Mike Parson at MORENet 2019.

The Renegades interact with Gov. Mike Parson at MORENet 2019.

In addition to the top-three finishes, LSR7 teams had a strong showing across the board throughout the entire competition. Lee’s Summit West teams, Sudo Pantheon (Ethan McFarland, Caleb Palmer and Sam MacEwen) and Titan Vanguard (Jessie Ekborg-Ott, Jake Grider, Hannah Luhring), earned fifth and tenth place under the guidance of coach and LSW science teacher Gina Riegert.

And a third STA team, made up of Dawson Sivils, Aleah Reech and Aidan Moore and coached by Ms. Oyler, took sixth place while Ms. Akers’ second team of Sydney Trull, Hunter Burton and Jeremiah Gantt served as first alternate for previously earning eleventh place.

That means LSR7 programs made up five of the ten finalists. Congratulations to our students!

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