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MESA teams compete and win

Goddard High School Team No. 1 — First-place in Silver Division for the state of New Mexico. From left: Anastacia Smith, Alison Futrell, Tiffany Norris, Tenise Stansfield, Bhumika Bhakta, Lily Chavez. (Submitted Photo)

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Three student teams from Goddard High School MESA Program in Roswell recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the 10th season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Goddard High School CyberPatriot Teams pictured; back row, left: Joseph Bercik, Spencer Robbins, Heidi Smith, Gage Evans; middle row, left: Travis Nolen, Dylan Allen, Jimmie Angelos, Tracy Womack, Max Kirk; front row, left: Eric Taylor, Lily Chavez, Alison Futrell, Tenise Stansfield, Bhumika Bhakta. (Submitted Photo)

Established by AFA in 2009, CyberPatriot is designed to excite, educate and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

In all, 5,584 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X. Of these teams, 442 teams moved on to compete as part of the open division, silver tier. Led by Coaches Monica Rodriguez-Hudson and Celena Miranda, the three teams from Goddard High School MESA excelled in the CyberPatriot X Round 1, Round 2 and the State Round in their first year of competing.

Goddard High School MESA Team #1 was among the 154 teams to advance to the next round from this subdivision. The team’s performance earned it the No.1 position in the Silver Tier for New Mexico as well a spot in the Semifinal Round.

All of Goddard High School teams demonstrated teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge, which is key to a successful career in cybersecurity.

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