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CyberStart America

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The CyberStart America competition

In partnership with the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) and the SANS Institute, offers students in grades 9 through 12 free access to CyberStart, an immersive cybersecurity training game.

This year, Virginia ranked as one of the top five states nationally for the number of students registered for CyberStart America, with 53 students named as national cyber scholars, earning cyber training scholarships worth approximately $3,000 each and totaling $159,000 statewide. Additionally, 24 students were named as semi-finalists and 219 students named as finalists in the competition.

Congratulations to our 2022 CyberStart America national cyber scholars, finalists, semi-finalists and to all Virginia students who participated!

Scholars (in alphabetical order)

List of national cyber scholars

Aarush Sivanesan - Thomas Jefferson High: Alexandria, Virginia

Alexander Lowham Ruzzo - Flint Hill School: Fairfax, Virginia

Anish Gorentala - Thomas Jefferson High: Alexandria, Virginia

Annabelle Towles - Home Schooled - Virginia

Anonymous - Forest Park High: Woodbridge, Virginia

Anonymous - George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

Anonymous - New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center: Newport News, Virginia

Antonios Zacharatos - George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

Ashwath Karunakaram - Westfield High: Chantilly, Virginia

Benjamin Macdougall - Deep Run High: Glen Allen, Virginia

Brandon Harris - Brooke Point High: Stafford, Virginia

Brayden Greenfield - Mountain View High: Stafford, Virginia

Christopher Zhong - South Lakes High: Reston, Virginia

Colton Fletcher - New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center: Newport News, Virginia

Connor Carrico - Flint Hill School: Fairfax, Virginia

Cooper Robson - Riverheads High: Staunton, Virginia

Daniel Tomov - Landstown High: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Darius Kianersi - Thomas Jefferson High: Alexandria, Virginia

Dominic King - Bishop O’Connell High School: Arlington, Virginia

Everett Hudson - Riverbend High: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Gideon Morrow - South Lakes High: Reston, Virginia

Henry Trochlil - Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University: Blacksburg, Virginia

Ilana Payne - Spotsylvania High: Spotsylvania, Virginia

James Daoud - Flint Hill School: Fairfax, Virginia

James Purcell - Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University: Blacksburg, Virginia

James Whittson - Old Dominion University: Norfolk, Virginia

Jerry Ramirez - South County High: Lorton, Virginia

John Olson - Bishop Ireton High School: Alexandria, Virginia

Jonathan Gall - Marymount University: Arlington, Virginia

Justin Vogel - South Lakes High: Reston, Virginia

Justine Gausin - Old Dominion University: Norfolk, Virginia

Kelvin Zheng - George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

Kevin Alegre - South Lakes High: Reston, Virginia

Kevin Lin - Northern Virginia Community College: Annandale, Virginia

Lakshay Kansal - Deep Run High: Glen Allen, Virginia

Lauren Delwiche - Thomas Jefferson High: Alexandria, Virginia

Lee Mcelligott - Norfolk Academy: Norfolk, Virginia

Lucas Mogan - Landstown High: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Maeve Chawk - Bishop Ireton High School: Alexandria, Virginia

Marco Fernandez-Ribas - Bishop O’Connell High School: Arlington, Virginia

Michael Allison - Liberty University: Lynchburg, Virginia

Nicolas Janis - Academies of Loudoun: Leesburg, Virginia

Nikhil Boyalla - Freedom High: South Riding, Virginia

Rick Sun - Westfield High: Chantilly, Virginia

Samuel Addington - Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University: Blacksburg, Virginia

Savannah Hinson - Spotsylvania High: Spotsylvania, Virginia

Shreyas Harish - New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center: Newport News, Virginia

Tajveer Saini - George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

Thomas Rydzewski - Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University: Blacksburg, Virginia

Trevor Villaflor - Westfield High: Chantilly, Virginia

Tyler Rabatin - James Madison University: Harrisonburg, Virginia

Victoria Kauffman - Norfolk Academy: Norfolk, Virginia

Vladimir Kursakov - Spotsylvania High: Spotsylvania, Virginia

Registration and Resources

Registration

Are you interested in participating in 2022 and 2023?

You can sign up now to receive an update on when CyberStart America registration opens again!

 

Resources

CyberStart America: https://www.cyberstartamerica.org/

National Cyber Scholarship Foundation: https://www.nationalcyberscholarship.org/

VITA News: 53 Virginia students named national cyber scholars in CyberStart America competition