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March 7, 2016
A Granbury Marine Corps JROTC team recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Led by Coach Angela Jumper, the team of Granbury High School students excelled in in the CyberPatriot VIII qualifying rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned it a spot representing the MCJROTC Division in the Category Round held February 19-21, 2016.
Team members advancing to the next round include Gunnar Brown, Joseph Dandridge, Aaron Dowell, Jason Kowalewski, G’Angela Pickett, and Angela Shelly.
“These students are great to work with, and it’s amazing to see their progress. They began in April and worked through the summer taking few breaks. Their eyes are set on the big prize, and, if they continue to work hard at the rate they are improving, they will get there.” said Jumper. “I am very proud to be able to work with such a fine group of cadets.”
Established by the Air Force Association, the program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the future of the nation.
The competition challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from Department of Defense schools abroad to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore for the finals.
Pictured above are (left to right) Jason Kowalewski, Gunnar Brown, Joseph Dandridge, Aaron Dowell, G’Angela Pickett, and Angela Shelly.

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