Mayor’s Cup – March 1, 2014



CyberPatriot is a one-of-a-kind cyber defense challenge designed to inspire students toward futures in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields sponsored by the Air Force Association.  The unique structure of the challenge helps to prepare students with not only technical computing skills, but also invaluable experience in teamwork, leadership and critical-thinking.  “The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition provides students an exciting competitive environment in which to acquire tools to defend enterprises against cyber threats,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner.  “All of this season’s teams should be extremely proud of their efforts.”

After three challenging qualification rounds, the results are in and a team from the Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) has, for the 4th year in a row, won the San Antonio Mayor’s Cyber Cup which was presented today (March 1, 2014) at the annual Mayor’s Cup luncheon sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at the Venues at Valero.


Mayor’s Cyber Cup Winning Team from the left front row — Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio; Sandi Boyd, Alamo Academies Coordinator; Daisy Larsen; Dorian Rosales; Andrew Wheeler; back row — Col. William Poirier, 67th Cyberspace Wing Commander; Sean Johnson; Troy Touchette, Chair of the San Antonio College Computer Information Systems Dept; Jason Mirch; Adrian Rayl; Stephen La Rosa.  They attend the ITSA program based at the Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels while still attending their respective high schools: Canyon High School, Memorial Early College High School, New Braunfels High School, Smithson Valley High School, and a Seguin Home School.

The Mayor’s Cyber Cup recognizes the high school team in San Antonio that has performed the best in the national CyberPatriot competition, as well as the eighty-five other teams in San Antonio that participated this year.

In addition, this Alamo Academies ITSA team is headed to the CyberPatriot National Championship at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, March 26-30, 2014.  This will be the 4th year in a row that San Antonio has sent at least one team to the National Finals.  This will also be the 4th year in a row that one of the teams headed to the national finals has been from the Alamo Academies ITSA program.  No other team from any community or state has accomplished this task – 4 years in a row!!!!

The winning team is mentored by Troy Touchette of San Antonio College and James Benavides, and coached by Sandi Boyd, Alamo Academies Coordinator.

The Alamo Academies is a national award winning, innovative, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based instructional model operated by the Alamo Area Academies Inc., a non-profit organization, in partnership with industry, the Alamo Colleges, area high schools and cities providing America’s youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations.  Since inception in 2001, nearly 1,000 graduates received training utilizing contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in graduates entering higher education or high-tech, high-wage careers in Information Technology and Security, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Nursing and Heavy Equipment.  The San Antonio Express-News reported the Alamo Academies is “Perhaps the biggest education success story of the past decade in San Antonio….”

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