Okemos High Cybersecurity Team Wins State Title
By Rich Adams|Photo provided by State of Michigan
A cybersecurity team from Okemos High School has been crowned champions of the 2019 Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge, besting nine other teams in the final round of competition at the North American International Cyber Summit in Detroit.
It is the second time in three years that Okemos students have won the honor. Okemos finished third in the 2018 event.
In the fourth year of the competition, 218 teams consisting of 654 students from across Michigan participated in the challenge. The event kicked off with the first round of competition taking place Sept. 30 through Oct. 3.
Not only is the competition fun for the students involved, it also is critical to preparing students of today to take on cybersecurity jobs of the future, filling the growing demand for cybersecurity talent in Michigan and beyond.
“There will be millions of unfilled jobs in the cybersecurity field in the next year alone,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “It is critical that we get students interested and engaged in this ever-growing field at an early age. Through the participation we’ve seen in the High School Cyber Challenge, it is clear that Michigan students are picking up the torch.”
The members of the winning team from Okemos consisted of Arham Jain, the team’s coach; and team members Tristan Lusardi, Eric Andrechek and Jainil Shah. The team from Canton High School took home the second-place trophy and Newaygo High School finished in third.
Whitmer also recognized two teams from Michigan that participated in the national Girls Go CyberStart competition in the spring. The teams from Huron High School and the Hillsdale Area Career Center both made the national finals of the competition.
The eighth North American International Cyber Summit, hosted by Whitmer, brought together more than 700 participants to discuss solutions for the cybersecurity dangers that threaten the security of citizens and business throughout the world.
More information about Michigan’s cybersecurity efforts and helpful links on ways to protect yourself from cyber threats can be found at michigan.gov/cybersecurity.