Ten Nevada high school students, including five from Reno’s schools, were named National Cyber Scholars after winning a national competition. Only 600 students nationwide won the degree, down from the 30,000 entered in the competition.
Reno’s winning students are:
- Jann Arellano, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology, Reno
- Tyler Du, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology, Reno
- Austin Finch, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology, Reno
- Lloyd Gonzales, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology, Reno
- Claire Burkhardt, Davidson Academy of Nevada, Reno
The remaining five state winners are from Las Vegas.
The National Cyber Scholar Foundation hosts the 48-hour competition, designed to test students ’ability to cope with cyber threats. The foundation’s goal is to identify future cybersecurity professionals and ensure the nation meets the demand for manpower in the cybersecurity industry.
The winners of this year’s competition received an invitation to improve their skills through a training and certification course at Cyber Foundations Academy, in addition to a $ 2,500 scholarship.
Nevada is one of the few states where most public schools — 75 percent — teach computer science, according to the 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities report.
“Nevada’s educational leaders are committed to STEM education, workforce development and innovation programs,” said Brian Mitchell, director of the Office of the Governor of Science, Innovation and Technology. “I am extremely proud of the students who have received this degree as they demonstrate these values in action.”
Source: Nevada Department of Education