ASD CyberPatriot Teams Win 1st and 2nd Place Awards

ASD CyberPatriot Teams Win 1st and 2nd Place Awards
Posted on 01/17/2020
Students during the competition

Academy for Science and Design CyberPatriot Teams Win 1st and 2nd Place Awards in NH

Nashua, NH - The Academy for Science and Design Charter School (ASD), the state's top-performing public school and largest STEM-specialty school serving students in grades 6-12 announces that three teams from ASD recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the twelfth season of CyberPatriot - the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Established by AFA in 2009, CyberPatriot is designed to educate and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. 

CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada, and other schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Rockville, Maryland, for the in-person National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

From 6,760 teams registered for the competition season, the CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams; the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams; and the Middle School Division for middle school-aged students. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot XII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams. 

Led by Coach Suzanne Delaney, the teams of students from Academy for Science and Design excelled in the CyberPatriot XII State Round held in December, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills needed for a successful career in cybersecurity. The teams’ performance earned them NH’s 1st Place: High School Open Division (Platinum Tier) and 1st Place and 2nd Place: Middle School Open Division.  Additionally, all three teams earned a spot in the Semifinal Round held later this month.

Delaney stated “Many of the students worked very hard to learn the principles of Cyber Security and how to apply them to multiple operating systems.  We are very grateful to the school for their support, as well as to Rivier University who sponsored the teams.”

Following the Semifinal Round, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams will advance to the CyberPatriot XII National Finals Competition in Rockville, MD in March.

Serving as both a public, open-enrollment middle/high school with a STEM-specialty focus, the success of the Academy for Science and Design is based on its commitment to engage a diversity of student learners at both of these levels through an exemplary structure for broadening student access to STEM-focused learning opportunities.  Accordingly, ASD’s program design is focused on providing early exposure to opportunities in STEM that younger students may be unaware of, and then encouraging and supporting those students as they pursue a highly personalized pathway to a specialized STEM field in high school. More information can be found on ASD’s website at, or email Marketing and Communications Coordinator For more information about CyberPatriot, please visit

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