A team from North Hollywood High School became the first Los Angeles Unified School District squad to win a national computer-security competition, the district announced today.
The five-member team, known as Team Azure, bested 11 other squads at the sixth annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition held over the weekend in Washington, D.C. The event tests students' ability to protect computers and networks from viruses and hackers.
"They hadn't been that confident about their performance, and thought they'd finish in the fourth-place or fifth-place range," said the team's coach, computer science teacher Jay Gehringer. "When third place was announced, they figured, 'Well that's that.' When they were announced as the winners, they couldn't believe it."
The team members are juniors Henry Birge-Lee, Isaac Kim, Jake King, Issac Kim and Travis Raser. Each member of the team won a $2,000 scholarship.
The competition, created by the Air Force Association, is aimed at inspiring students to pursue careers in cyber security or other science and technology fields.
--City News Service