Sun Valley High’s Cyberpatriots

Exploring Our Youth’s Extracurricular Activities

If you’re a Sun Valley Jose Mier reader you know that we touch on a variety of subjects from cooking the politics to freeway construction on any given day our writers need choose one of thousands of subjects that are of interest to or impact residents of Sun Valley California. We haven’t touched on education for some time and so, I’m taking a look at our educational institutions, we looked over at the Sun Valley high school website.

Now, any student or parent Will tell you that the sun Valley high school teams are the Wildcats. High school sports are always popular and many of our students engage In sporting activities. But if you look a little deeper at the Sun Valley high school website you’ll find some of the extracurricular activities that students engage in. Please include groups like the debate club for leadership, but there’s one Group stands out because it’s quite different from the rest. That’s the AFA CyberPatriots. Unless you’re a member of this group you might not have heard of it before. We certainly did not prompted us to do Little more research. The AFA stands for the Air Force association in Cyber patriots are those who choose to learn and apply methods and techniques of cyber security. It used to be enough just to learn how to use a computer, especially when they were becoming popular in the late 70s or early 80s. Now with the advent of the Internet the myriad activities take place online it’s vital that we as a nation address cyber security.

Cyberpatriot website screenshot from Sun Valley Jose Mier
Cyberpatriot website screenshot from Sun Valley Jose Mier

The cyber patriot website gives its own definition of just what the cyber patriot is:

What Is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air & Space Forces 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. Other programs include AFA CyberCamps, an elementary school cyber education initiative, a children’s literature series, CyberGenerations –a senior citizen cyber safety initiative, and a Tech Caregivers program designed to encourage cyber-savvy volunteers to give back to their communities.

Given that our country as vulnerable to cyber attack, the results of which could be devastating can result in the shutdown of just about everything we rely on from electricity to fuel to Food, having the team of cyber security experts it’s Not just a good idea it’s vital. That’s why we here at Sun Valley Jose Mier appluad the students in our own community are taking it upon themselves to learn how to address cyber security and take it with them into college and their careers beyond. We think this is an excellent extracurricular program and are extremely proud that our old high school in our community is part of this effort to electronically protect our country.