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Red River Students Named Cyber Scholars

News Release           

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2023

Red River Students Named Cyber Scholars

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) has named five Red River High School students as Cyber Scholars.

Lauryn Brynjulson, Gayatri Gautham, Graham Gooden, Dimitri Kolodka, and Briley Zhang were named Scholars following their performance in an online cybersecurity training program. The students competed for a top score against thousands of high school students nationwide by solving real-world cybersecurity problems. Over 40,000 students nationwide sought to qualify for a National Cyber Scholarship.

In recognition of their achievement, each student has been invited to participate in the NCSF Academy, a multi-week online program based on the nationally-recognized SANS Foundations training course and certification, which is valued at more than $3,000.

In addition to the individual student accolades, Red River High School was recognized by CyberStart America as a Bronze Cyber Opportunity School. This distinction was given in recognition of the number of students registered to compete in the program and the high number of scholar award winners.

“We are very proud to have so many students recognized by the National Cyber Scholarship Competition,” said advisor Paul Zettler. “These students have a bright future and have demonstrated the highest level of technical skills, dedication, and perseverance. I am grateful that these students have enabled Red River High School to be recognized as one of the leaders in the nation for cybersecurity education.”

The NCSF is a national non-profit whose mission is to identify, nurture, and empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts, as well as eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States.

There are several qualification pathways to gain a National Cyber Scholarship, including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills. The NCSF offers $5 million in scholarships to top-ranking competitors. The highest-scoring eligible CyberStart players become National Cyber Scholars and are invited to participate in the NCSF Academy.