Loyola Cyber Advances Nine Teams to CyberPatriot XIV Semifinals

December marked the State Round of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot XIV, the nation’s largest youth cyber defense competition. Teams competed in their brackets for state-level awards and to secure a spot in the semifinal round in January. Overall, Loyola Cyber is advancing nine high school teams and four middle school teams to the semifinal round.

Over the course of the season, high school teams are broken down into three competitive brackets—Platinum teams represent the top 30% of teams nationally; Gold teams represent the middle 40%; and Silver teams represent the remaining 30%. For the 7th year in a row, Loyola Cyber swept the Platinum division for the state of Maryland, capturing first, second, and third place.
1st Place - Open Division Platinum
Zach Shrader ‘22
Kaine Griffen ‘22
Val Runge ‘22
Dylan Baer ‘22
Ethan Floyd ‘22
Dimitri Kokkinakos ‘25

2nd Place - Open Division Platinum
Joe O’Neill ‘22
Rocky Meadows ‘22
Tony Liberatore ‘22
Baba Shonaiya ‘22
Chris Fleschner ‘22
Nick Jacob ‘23

3rd Place - Open Division Platinum

Andrew Terry ‘22
Grace Brehm NDP ‘23
Josh Gwin ‘22
Justin Tony ‘22
Alex Schumann ‘22
Ryan Clancy ‘22

Also, congratulations to a brand-new team to LBCSI this year consisting of four seniors—Christian Arthur, Luke Smith, Matthew Welling, and Matthew Cammarata—who captured second place in the Gold tier.

The Middle School Division follows a different qualification model with the top 50% of teams advance to the semifinal round. For the 7th year, Loyola has captured the top two state awards in the Middle School Division.
1st Place - Middle School Division
Ryan Wachter ‘26
JT Nachtman ‘26
Ari Rogozin ‘26
Christian Tony ‘26
Jax Murray ‘26
Jaron Javillo ‘26

2nd Place - Middle School Division

Logan DuBois ‘26
Landon DuBois ‘26
Nick Miller ‘26
Owen Gibson ‘26

Congratulations to all of our Cyber Dons and program director Mr. Steve Morrill for another dominant performance on the national stage.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.
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