New CyberPatriot club to begin recruiting for cybersecurity competitions


Kristen Baurain

BEGINNING AN ERA CybersPatriot club members discuss upcoming competitions and plans with Mr. Popa, business teacher and the club’s sponsor. “I jumped at the chance of participating in a true cyber/tech competition,” Olivia Crescent, senior, said. “I’d like to help the club become more structured, succeed in competitions and set a precedent for future club members. They are lofty goals, but worth working towards.”(Kristen Baurain)

Gage Hoekstra, PR Manager

Created by the U.S. Air Force in an attempt to find students interested in homeland defense, CyberPatriot is now an official MHS club. After more than a year of effort and coordination, the club offers the chance to explore computer programming and security with a focus on hacking prevention. These skills will be put to the test through a series of competitions hosted throughout the year, with the highest performing teams getting to compete in Washington DC.Interested students can contact Mr. Ryan Popa, business teacher and the club’s sponsor, at [email protected] or attend the Sept. 3 meeting in the LGI at 2:55 P.M.

“I mentioned it to my cybersecurity class last year, and I had some people that were really interested.” Mr. Popa said. “Now that I have full permission from the school, it’s going to be awesome. We have an unbelievable amount of people wanting to do it.”