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Cyber Security Team 1st in State

Team SmurfAttack_1.5 Mia Speights, Shayla Terry, Kori Harris, and Kylah Williams.
(photo) Team SmurfAttack_1.5: Mia Speights, Shayla Terry, Kori Harris, and Kylah Williams

Center Point’s Cyber Security Team SmurfAttack_1.5 captured 1st place in Alabama and tied for 14th nationally among the 120 teams who qualified for the Girls Go CyberStart National Championship.

SmurfAttack_1.5's Mia Speights, Shayla Terry, and Kylah Williams compete in the Girls Go CyberStart National Championships
(photo}Mia Speights, Shayla Terry, and Kylah Williams compete in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart National Championships.

The hard work and perseverance of team members Kori Harris, Mia Speights, Shayla Terry and Kylah Williams was noticeably evident as they spent nearly 30 hours from June 5th to June 7th demonstrating their skills in areas such as cryptography, digital forensics, web vulnerabilities, networking, Python and Linux. The team gave up part of their summer to prepare for and participate in this gruelling three day competition. 

Kori Harris competes in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart National Championships.
(photo}Kori Harris compete in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart National Championships.

Team members have earned a combined 18 IT certifications including CompTIA's IT Fundamentals and A+, and TestOut PC Pro, Network Pro, Switching Pro, Routing Pro, Security Pro and Linux Pro.

In March and April, over 10,000 girls nationwide participated in the Girls Go CyberSecurity Assessment. 6,600 were invited to the second round CyberStart game, and only 480 of those were selected for the National Championship. This is the first year Alabama has joined in the Girls Go CyberStart initiative, a national cybersecurity program designed specifically for high school girls to encourage more females into the industry and reduce the digital skills gap.