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Students from Leilehua High School are headed to Baltimore in April as finalists in the national championship round of CyberPatriot IX—The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team is one of 13 finalists for the competition’s All Service Division.  This is the third trip to the national finals for Leilehua’s JROTC as they captured consecutive Army Service Championships in 2012 and 2013.

“The CyberPatriot competition engaged our students in real cybersecurity threats, showing real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math lessons,” said Leilehua High Principal Jason Nakamoto. “I applaud the hard work of our students, coach, and mentors in qualifying for the highly competitive national championship round.”

Led by Coach LTC (Ret.) Nick Spiridigliozzi, and Mentors 1LT Ben Allision, CW3 Lee Unrein, and Specialist Evan Wittman, the Leilehua’s Army JROTC Mighty Mules team is one of 13 finalists for the competition’s All Service Division. Team members are Cadet Brandon Unrein, Cadet Tyler McWilliams, Cadet Jarod Olive-Stalling, Cadet Jacob Huerta, and Cadet team support person Lejah Amantiad. The team also won their third consecutive Hawaii State CyberPatriot Championship.

Good luck to the Mighty Mules!

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