Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CyberPatriot Announces Winners of National Poster Contest

Using the tagline “Have you got what it takes?”, three talented students from Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado showed that they did indeed have what it took, winning the national CyberPatriot IV Poster Contest.

The Air Force Association congratulates Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Mitchell Lemons of Saukville, Wisconsin; Jeffrey Ding of Frisco, Texas; and Phani Gaddipati of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

High school students submitted original works with the hope of having their artwork featured in schools throughout the country. The competition challenged participants to visually express their ideas on cyber security. Established by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot is the nation’s largest cyber defense competition for high school students. The fun, competitive atmosphere gives students hands-on experience in cyber security and technology while emphasizing teamwork and leadership, and exercising critical-thinking skills. 

The STEM initiative launched the poster contest May 27, 2011, requesting high school students, including those from approved home school programs, and Civil Air Patrol cadets of high school age to submit their artwork with a cyber theme. The purpose of the activity was to keep students thinking about the many different roles cyber systems play in their lives.

The three posters will be used as CyberPatriot IV recruitment posters, to be featured in high schools and CAP squadrons across the nation. The themes for the poster contest fell under awareness; cyber security; teamwork; innovation; challenge; excitement and fun -- all themes CyberPatriot strongly encourages throughout its competition season. The winning artworks were based on a criterion that included consistency with the specified themes; creativity, originality and artistic quality; visual appeal; and visual clarity.

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