DANBURY—The Immaculate High School CyberPatriots placed first in the Platinum Division in the Connecticut Regional National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the National Cyber Education Program. This is the fourth time that the team won the State competition, having won the State title in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Additionally, a second IHS CyberPatriots team placed third in the Gold Division at the State competition.
Team 1 reached the State competition by placing first in the qualifying round—Platinum Division and then taking first place in the second round, and will now compete in the regional competition on January 25. The top 25 teams from the regional round advance to the National Competition.
“Immaculate High School has a strong STEM program and commitment to students who wish to learn more about technology, engineering and science,” said Dave Cirella, IHS Director of IT and the CyberPatriot’s advisor. “This commitment shows in the success of our CyberPatriots, who consistently win important competitions in the area of cybersecurity, a very important need in our modern world. The dedication and hard work of these students is commendable,” he noted.
Team 1 members are: James Mok ‘20 of Sandy Hook, Logan McAloon ‘21 of Sandy Hook, Kolbe Mosher ‘21 of Newtown, Ethan Goodman ‘21 of Newtown, Kieran Doolabh ‘20 of Danbury and Aiden Doolabh ‘23 of Danbury.
Team 2 members are: Anish Nanda ‘22 of Danbury, Ricky Lawlor ‘22 of Bethel, Lauren Manning of Bridgewater ‘22, Steven Reese ‘22 of Newtown, Perry Ghosh ‘21 of Newtown and Andrew Riotto ’20 of Pawling.
CyberPatriots is a program created by the Air Force Association, and its National Youth Cyber Defense Competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with “finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within and hardening an IT system while maintaining critical services.”
Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top third of all high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100 percent of the Class of 2019 were accepted to choice colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million.
In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York.