A group of young ladies--Ruby Barrera, Kyla Anderson, Dajanae Brangman, Gracie Taylor, Madison Harlan and Miranda Miranda Jeffris--from Mr. Law’s Computer Science I class have taken their joy of technology, combined it with a desire to catch the “bad guys” and started the Cyber Warriors team. According to Mr. Law, “Since about mid March, these girls have been competing in a cyber security competition where they analyzed internet information from emails to finding encrypted data inside of files to hacking web forms and creating scripts to get into encrypted web sites. The purpose of this is to gather evidence on fictitious bad guys and bring them to justice.”
The program, Girls Go CyberStart, is designed to bridge the cyber security skills gap in the US. Over ten thousand girls across 27 states took part in the first stage of the program, CyberStart Assess. At the end of that round, 6,600 girls performed so highly that they received invitations to take part in the second round, CyberStart Game. Running until June 28, CyberStart Game pits teams against a series of increasingly difficult cyber security challenges to win points for their school.
On May 22, the Cyber Warriors found out their score qualified them for The National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019. Here 120 school teams, each comprised of 4 girls, are set to compete in a national online ‘Capture the Flag’ competition, which runs June 5 – June 7.
When asked about the team's success, Miranda Jeffris proudly responded, "We're a group of strong girls who have worked hard together...using our skills in computer science, as well as learning more skills with the help of Mr. Law along the way. We've done an amazing job and I'm proud of us."
Dr. Steve Rogers, the Director of Walker Career Center, stated, ““We are proud of Walker Career Center’s young ladies who have worked so hard to get through to this stage. We know students at WCC can compete against any students from anywhere!”
GOOD LUCK LADIES--WALKER CAREER CENTER IS PROUD OF YOU!