Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will again compete in the CyberPatriot challenge and this time its team captain is a freshman girl.
The competition challenges the skills of high school students in fixing computer security vulnerabilities. Sponsored by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot aims to expose students to the basics of cyber security while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
Freshman Bethany Grenier will serve as captain of the team that includes freshman Janeline Wong, sophomores Garrett Potvin and Russell Wakugawa, and junior Garret Thomas, as well as alternates Mathew Kirkland (10th grade) and Brian Lee (12th grade).
The school team will compete with 11 other finalists chosen from a field of 484 schools. The finalists will meet March 14-15 in National Harbor, Md.
The team is coached by Hassan Twiet, who chairs the Peninsula High engineering department, and parent Greg Grenier.
Last year, the Peninsula High team placed third in the national competition. The Air Force Association that puts on the event is a non-profit, independent group that promotes public understanding of aerospace power and its role in national security.