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A team of high school students from Irvine's El Toro Battalion of the Naval Sea Cadets won first place in the Gold Tier All Service Division of the CyberPatriot X competition. The El Toro Battalion of the Naval Sea Cadets practiced for the competition at IVC. 

IVC is part of a consortium of Orange County community colleges that have trained over 1,000 middle and high school students in cyber defense skills as preparation for this competition. IVC has been a host to over 100 students and 30 local teams, providing a location and monthly training sessions for students to compete in the national competition. 

Over 5,500 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X. The students from the El Toro Battalion, Naval Sea Cadets, led by coach and IVC CyberPatriot mentor Terry Ginsburg, excelled in the qualifying rounds. The team demonstrated teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. 

About CyberPatriot
Established by Air Force Association in 2009, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program is designed to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security 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 preliminary online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore, Maryland, for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

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. Based on the results from previous rounds, CyberPatriot X high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams. 

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