Just last week the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence hosted a cyber competition. Out of all the teams, Washington County Technical High School students won second place. Aaryan Shah and Ryan Jakoby worked as a team and explain what they had to do to win in only a couple hours.
“Me and my partner, we think so much alike that it worked to our benefit,” Aaryan said. “We had to configure a wireless router so we had a wireless router and connected it to a switch so when we did that we had to configure a default gateway, in the end we had to map a network drive,” Ryan said.
Ryan says his passion for cybersecurity wouldn’t be possible without tech high. “No school really gave me the opportunity to explore the pathway like tech high has.” On top of the talented winners, the technical high school also has another student entering the cyber world with a passion for networking. This student has a job lined up at the “NSA”, the National Security Agency in Maryland starting next year.
“Yeah it’s really exciting as I’m going to be working at the headquarters of the NSA, the job is an assistant so I’ll be handling papers typing filing,” Kenneth Etape said, a junior at Washington County Technical High School.
School officials say they have many talented students and are proud of all of them. “We are really proud of what our students are learning and we hoping we came back with second place we’re hoping that next year the same group of students will earn first place and get to nationals,” Rodney Gayman the principal for Washington County Technical High School.