Leilehua High students Sharon Thpsenavong, Michal Grajales, David Williams, Seth Allen and Kawika Lavarias comprised the team, led by coach and Senior JROTC Army Instructor LTC (Ret.) Nick Spiridigliozzi, Team Mentor SMSgt (Ret.) Mike Herr USAF, Army Instructor MSG (Ret.) Ramon Ramos, and MSG (Ret.) Bryan Wyatt.
All 50 states participated in the competition, which challenges students to develop solutions to real-life cyber security situations. The Leilehua team advanced to the national championships after successfully completing three rounds of competition.
“We are extremely proud of our Cyber Warriors and coaches for their hard work and success keeping the top Army Service Award at our school,” said Leilehua High Principal Aloha Coleman.
“Congratulations to Leilehua High’s CyberPatriot team for excelling at this prestigious competition for the second year in a row,” said Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi. “More importantly, students are returning home with valuable hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects that will help prepare them for college and careers.”