LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston High School (LHS) senior Rachelle Hu and Shourya Bansal were recently named fellows in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC), a rigorous 48-hour online competition sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF).
In order to receive this recognition, Hu and Bansal competed against 5,000 high school students in a cybersecurity competition designed to challenge its participants to solve computer security problems and / or capture and defend computer systems. After nearly 50,000 students across the country sought to qualify for the NCSC, only 10% ultimately met the requirements.
In recognition of their achievements, Hu and Bansal received an invitation to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy, a multi-week online program based on the nationally renowned program. Foundations WITHOUT training and certification courses valued at over $ 3,000.
“The NCSC has been tough but enjoyable,” Hu said. “The various issues made me think creatively, and I had fun gaining experience and knowledge in cybersecurity. To be named National Cyber Scholar is an honor and very exciting. look forward to meeting my talented and skilled peers at Cyber Foundations Academy this summer. “
Bansal was also excited about being named a researcher “and the wonderful opportunities in the NCSC”.
“Every problem in the competition was like a puzzle – difficult and especially interesting,” she said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about cybersecurity. I look forward to attending Cyber Foundation Academy to hone my skills.”
According to David Brown, Executive Director of the NCSF, the NCSC recognizes high school students who have “demonstrated exceptional prowess in cybersecurity and who wish to pursue a career in a growing field in critical need of their talent.”
“The mission of NCSF is to identify and develop the next generation of cyber professionals,” he said. “Every student who entered this competition has the potential to develop their skills and build a successful career in cybersecurity.”
There are several qualification pathways for the NCSC, including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talents and skills. The NCSC offers 600 university scholarships to top competitors. In addition, national cyber-researchers as well as 1,000 finalists are invited to participate in the summer academy.
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