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The Winners of the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019 – Myron B. Thompson Academy Place First In The State And Sixth In The Nation

(SANS Institute) – Between Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 7 last week, 120 teams across the U.S. participated in a ‘Capture the Flag’ team event; the final stage of Girls Go CyberStart. Working against the clock and challenges designed to test their digital skills, teams climbed up the leaderboard to score first place.

‘Capture The Flag’ (CTF) cybersecurity competitions don’t involve first-person shooters or running around outdoors. Instead, cybersecurity CTF’s involve a set of computer security puzzles and challenges that test your skills in areas such as reverse-engineering, memory corruption and cryptography. When a challenge is solved, it gives the players a flag — a secret string of code that can be exchanged for points. The more points, the higher the team moves up in rank.

We are pleased to reveal the overall winners below:
1. Blair GirlsGo — Montgomery Blair High — Maryland
2. PHS Girls Can Code — Poolesville High — Maryland
3. Clements CyberStart — Clements H S — Texas
These three, top scoring, teams have won:

1st prize = $400 per team member and $250 for their school
2nd prize = $300 per team member and $250 for their school
3rd prize = $200 per team member and $250 for their school

But, while these teams won overall, prizes are also awarded to the first, second and third placed team in each state. Top scoring CTF teams in each state win:

1st prize = $100 per team member and $100 for their school
2nd prize = $75 per team member and $100 for their school
3rd prize = $50 per team member and $100 for their school

Hawaii’s top performing teams included the following:

Girls Go CyberStart MBTA — Myron B. Thompson Academy — A New Century Pcs (Press Release)
The Priory Cyber — The St Andrews Schools
Seabury CyberGirls — Seabury Hall

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