Damascus student places second in nation in U.S. Cyber Challenge -- Gazette.Net


Cody Marley, a Damascus High School senior, placed second in the nation in the U.S. Cyber Challenge’s fall Cyber Foundations competition.

The online competition featured a series of quizzes in the most important foundational fields of cyber security: networking, operating systems and system administration. Nearly 1,200 high school students from 32 states, three U.S. territories and 169 schools registered for the competition, which took place in October and November.

Marley is a Career & Technical Education student at Damascus, enrolled in the National Academy Foundation Academy of Information Technology. The program is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education, National Academy Foundation, local school districts and local business partners. Students enrolled in the NAF IT Academy complete courses such as computer networking, database design, programming, computer systems and web design.

“Our country is in great need of cyber security professionals, and we are proud to be a facilitator of the growth and development of this field,” Karen Evans, national director of U.S. Cyber Challenge, wrote in a press release. “The Cyber Foundations Competition is the first step for these talented students.”

The top five students received a MacBook Pro and the top scoring students in each school and state will be recognized for their achievements.