6 LPS Students Receive SANS Foundation Training and Certification

Local students named Finalist and Scholars in National Cyber Scholarship Competition

National Cyber Scholarship Foundation recognizes several Leadership Prep School Secondary students for outstanding achievement

FRISCO, TX, May 18, 2021 –Aiella Downing and Sophia Boghani, 11th graders at Leadership Prep School, have been named scholars in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC), a rigorous 48-hour online competition sponsored by The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF). In addition, the following LPS students were also finalists: Ayanna Boghani, Hayden Hartsock, Aishwarya Kamisetty, and Jonathan Steinberg.

In recognition of their achievement, the students earned an invitation to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy – a multi-week online program based on the nationally-recognized SANS Foundations training course and certification – valued at more than $3,000. Aiella Downing and Sophia Boghani received $2,500 in scholarship. They were part of the top 540 highest scoring students who met the eligibility criteria for a Scholarship.

All students competed against 5,000 high school students in a cybersecurity competition designed to challenge its participants to solve computer security problems and/or capture and defend computer systems. In total, 50,000 students nationwide sought to qualify for the NCSC; with just 10% meeting the requirements.

 “I am very of all the students named finalists and scholars. This is the third year that Sophia and Aiella have competed in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition,” said Mrs. Elvira Aguilar King, computer science teacher and advisor to the CyberStart America club at LPS. “From what I understand the competition was steep and the puzzles and challenges were really difficult. I am thrilled that we have so many students interested in Computer Science and cybersecurity.”

 “The National Cyber Scholarship Competition recognizes high school students who have demonstrated exceptional cybersecurity prowess and who wish to pursue a career in a growing field in critical need of their talent,” noted David Brown, executive director, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation. “The NCSF mission is to identify and develop the next generation of cyber professionals. Each and every student who participated in this competition has the potential to develop their skills and build a successful career in cybersecurity.”

There are several qualification pathways for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills. The NCSC offers 600 college scholarships to top-ranking competitors. Additionally, National Cyber Scholars, along with competition 1,000 finalists, are invited to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy. To learn more visit: National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.

About the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF)

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) is a national non-profit whose mission is to identify, nurture and empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts; and eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States. NCSF aims to support the entry of thousands of talented students to the cybersecurity industry by providing enrichment opportunities, world-class training, and scholarships to fund degree-level study.

About CyberStart America

CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students, aiming to uncover hidden cyber talents, and to identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars. CyberStart’s immersive gamified learning platform can take students from zero cybersecurity knowledge to possessing the skills necessary to compete in a national-level Capture the Flag challenge in a matter of weeks. Students new to the field with a strong aptitude, as well as students with existing interest in the field, can use the platform to train and qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition, allowing them to compete for life-changing college scholarship opportunities.