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South Dakota Civil Air Patrol Cadets to Compete at National Cyber Competition

MARCH 15, 2019 BY 

Team (╯°□°)╯( ┻━┻)

A team of cadet cyber-sleuths from the Big Sioux Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing will be competing in the national finals of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program which will be held in Baltimore, MD. The national finals competition runs from 8-10 April 2019.

Team Big Sioux “(╯°□°)╯( ┻━┻)” consists of Cadet Major Annabelle Klosterman of Brandon, Cadet First Lieutenant Austen King of Volga, Cadet First Lieutenant Isaiah Klosterman of Brandon, and Cadet Airman First Class Jeremiah Jorenby of Brookings. The team is coached by Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.

During the online qualification rounds, the Big Sioux team faced realistic, complex and sophisticated online computer network threats at their home location seeking out weaknesses in simulated online networks and working to defend those networks from threat scenarios. The team was scored according to how effectively they established and maintained the secure networks.

In recognition of their success, Team Big Sioux earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals. In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in the additional competition component: Cisco Networking Challenge. This extra challenge broadens the cybersecurity experience and exposes teams to new elements of the many career opportunities available to them.

Civil Air Patrol teams compete in the “All Services Division” which consists of teams from Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Junior ROTC units, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and CAP. Only the top two teams in each category of the All Services Division go to the national finals. This year, Team Big Sioux placed in the top two out of 530 registered CAP teams. Thirteen teams will compete in the All Service Division; two each from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC and the Sea Cadets, two CAP teams and one wildcard team.

For more information about CyberPatriot, click here. To keep up with updates from the Big Sioux team, visit their squadron website ( or follow them on Facebook (


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