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FHS Students Compete in National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

CyberPatriot participants  Forty Freehold High School students competed in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the Air Force Association. The 40 students, who made up eight separate teams, included students in the Computer Science Academy at Freehold High School. The six-hour competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. The teams are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. The competition includes multiple rounds of participation.

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

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The Computer Science Academy at Freehold High School is a four-year program of study for students who wish to explore computer science or computer engineering as a career path. Students take at least one computer science course each year and a specialized mathematics course during the first two years of the program.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a disciplined approach to the study and application of computer science. Students will develop programming and other technical skills where application of scientific methods will yield the creation of high quality, computer-based solutions to real problems.

The goals of the Academy are to give students a solid and rigorous background in computer science principles and requisite mathematical skills to build proficiency in problem-solving techniques of computer science, and to provide graduates with the background and the skills necessary to continue their education in college or enter the workforce or military service.