Padua Academy landed its sixth consecutive CyberPatriot State Championship title this week and swept the board — placing first, second, and third in the tournament.
Senior Samantha DiVirgilio led Padua’s State Championship team, with Padua alumna Leeza Butler serving as coach. Fellow students Madeline Dickerson, Sydney Kenton, Kate MacLennan, Sarah Jane Mee, and Elizabeth Trujillo, joined Samantha to help Padua defend its title.
CyberPatriot competition is run by the US Air Force
The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition occurs within a six-hour timeframe. Students are presented with virtual images representing operating systems and challenged with identifying the cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images – all this while keeping computer functions working.
The 2nd place Cyber Pandas team, coached by Director of Technology Fred Stinchcombe, consisted of Katherine Collier, Camryn Kelly, Hannah Mannering, Tingwei Shi, Sara Stoupa (captain), and Melina Trautman. Coach Maria Elena Marinelli’s CyberSysters team placed 3rd in the state. Olivia Lundstrom led her CyberSysters, Devon Carter, Miranda Evans, Samantha Faraone, Sarah Houseal, and Kelsey Mulrooney to round out the sweeping victory.
“This year in particular we have seen a fantastic increase in the number of freshmen competing, which bodes well for future competitions,” said coach Fred Stinchombe. “Our next stop is GirlsGoCyberStart!”
A record 53 Padua students are recognized by Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Fifty-three students at Padua Academy also were recognized recently with Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a record-breaking number of awards in school history.
In the Art category, eight students were awarded the highest honor, the Gold Key; 19 students were awarded Silver Keys; and, 25 students received Honorable Mention. In addition, one student received a Silver Key in Writing.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, and most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. Gold Key works automatically advance to national judging. Jurors select work for national recognition based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.
Senior Rebecca Gao was selected as one of the Delaware Regional Scholastic Art Awards’ American Vision Nominees. Each region selects five Art works to nominate for this award, which is considered the “Best-of- Show.” One of the five nominees will be selected by the National Scholastics program to represent the Delaware Region.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 9th at Delaware State University. National Awards will be announced on March 12, 2019.
Gold Key Recipients:
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Silver Key Recipients:
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