CyberStart America (previously GirlsGoCyberStart)

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2021 CyberStart America (previously known as Girls Go CyberStart) 

Governor Abbott announced the partnership with CyberStart America – a free national program aiming to uncover hidden cyber talents, promote cyber safety, and to identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars among Texas high school students. (Grades 9-12th grades). 

The CyberStart America, free online national program previously known as Girls Go Cyber Start will include a newly added talent search sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute, they will be giving away two million dollars in scholarships.  

Through the online games high school students can master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, up their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships! 

Your students do not need any prior experience!  If your students are interested in puzzles, games, online games such as Fortnite, sudoku, Rubik's cube, crossword puzzles or chess, they would enjoy these free online cyber challenges!

There is an open enrollment through the spring however, students must complete at least 20% of the challenges to qualify for the Scholarship Competition.

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2020 Girls Go CyberStart Winners: 

Congratulations to all the students, teachers and schools who participated in the 2020 GGCS Games. Texas had 62 schools with teams of young women competing in this year's National Championship! 

Texas accounted for the 3 placements of the Top 5 Nationally!

Top 5 Scoring Girls in the Individual Competition: 

2. Evelyn V. (evelevelyn)- Martin HS, Lewisville ISD 

3. Raquel R. (Kelelelel)- Martin HS, Lewisville ISD 

4. Varsha P. (Sunny Falls)- Prosper HS, Prosper ISD 

Top 3 Scoring Texas Teams in the Team Competition: 

1. Clements CyberStart- Clements HS, Fort Bend ISD  (Placed 2nd

2. Queens of the White Hats- Leadership Prep School Secondary- Frisco (Placed 11th

3. Kinkaid Coding Club- The Kinkaid School - Houston  (Placed 14th)

*There were 240 individual girls that competed, and 269 teams that competed in the national competition.