Sensational Beyond the Bell CyberPatriot Teams
The Air Force Association CyberPatriot competition has become the most popular cyber competition in the United States. This year 4,400 teams registered to compete, and that list has been cut down to a twenty-eight teams by four rounds of increasingly difficult competition. These 28 “Top Gun” teams will travel to Baltimore during the first week in April to compete in the National CyberPatriot Finals.
Beyond the Bell (BTB) has been a strong competitor in the CyberPatriot program garnering three national medals as well as one national Championship. For the last seven years, BTB has sent at least one team to the finals. On February 15, the Air Force Association released the scores from the fourth round of competition and BTB once again shined. We will proudly send four teams to the Nationals, more than any other school district in the nation.
Three powerful teams from North Hollywood High School will be representing BTB: Teams Togo, Balto, and Truman. Also going to Baltimore in the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) division will be Team Alpha from Reseda High School. This is only the second time that a district will send four teams to the Nationals. It was three years ago when BTB did that for the first time.
BTB has other notable firsts. In 2012, BTB was the first team to be named a Center of Excellence by the Air Force Association. Three years ago BTB received the first Vandenberg Award by the Air Force Association for contributions to aerospace teaching. Team Unbreakable from Franklin high School was the first majority female team to ever reach the Nationals in 2012. An all-female Team Crimson won third place in the middle school category last year. BTB has paved the way.
Twenty-five BTB teams from twelve high schools were ranked in the Platinum category of the CyberPatriot competition this year. On February 4th these teams met at the Rand Corporation, a major defense and governmental think tank, to compete for the honor of going to the finals.
BTB has a strong tradition in the CyberPatriot program. Our students’ success has generated support from firms such as the Aerospace Corporation, Northrup Grumman, Dun & Bradstreet, Arey Jones, Cisco, and many community partners from the LAUSD Instructional Technology Department. This support has enabled our teams – all from Title I schools from underrepresented neighborhoods - to compete head-to-head with students from some of the most privileged cities and communities in the nation. We have not had to take a back seat to anyone, and BTB has placed more teams in the finals than any other school district in the nation.
We’re looking forward with confidence, our teams are working hard to train for the challenging contest to come. We wish our squads all the very best.
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