That’s what I call them. I also call them awesome.

Seventeen of our St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School students are competing in the middle school division of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) National CyberPatriot IX Competition. St. Mary’s participation is coordinated by Mrs. Lowery, computer teacher, who was instrumental in bringing this exciting program to St. Mary’s.

What is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is a competition that gives middle school and high school students an opportunity to find out what it is like to be an information technology professional. Student teams are required to manage the network of a small company.  They are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems. They are then tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and “hardening the system” while maintaining critical services.

Is your head spinning? Mine is… but not our students’…

Our students are excited about this competition, and they are also learning from the best.

Four awesome St. Mary’s parents are generously donating their time and expertise to help our students learn and prepare for the competition rounds. The parents serve as coaches and mentors. And, Chiron Technology Services, where one of our coaches works, has offered use of a cyber training classroom!

Why is St. Mary’s participating in CyberPatriot?

Simply put… today’s students are tomorrow’s cyber professionals.

Career opportunities in the field of cyber defense and security are and will continue to be in high demand. CyberPatriot provides students with an introduction to this career path while also strengthening their teamwork and organization skills. It’s a win-win.

Go CyberSaints!


For more information about the CyberPatriot program, please visit