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Cybersecurity skills win event

Wake County high school students took home top honors from this year’s state CyberPatriot competition.

The contest, sponsored by the Air Force Association, challenges participants to assess and repair computer network security vulnerabilities. The aim is to encourage students to pursue careers in computer science and cybersecurity in the military and private sectors.

The team from Green Hope High School in Cary was ranked first in the Open Division. The team captain was Evan Hoke, and the team members were Oscar Pacheco, William Burdick-Crow, Paul Tyrlik and Ash Singh.

The Apex Civil Air Patrol squadron won first place in the contest’s All-Service Division for civil air patrol and JROTC cadets. The team captain was Kyle Stickney, and team members were James Barrow, Kevin Diehl, Katelyn Stickney and Elise Vandeputte.

Four Cary and Apex students awarded Siemens Merit scholarships

Four students from Cary and Apex were named winners of the Siemens Merit scholarship. Judson Conrad and Eric Westerhold from Green Hope High School, Timothy Hunn from Cary Christian School, and Nicole Dennis from Apex High School are four of 150 students in 25 states who won the scholarship, which provides each student with $4,000 for tuition over the course of their college years, given in installments of $1,000 per academic year.

The Siemens Merit scholarship is an award given to children of Siemens U.S. employees. Recipients were chosen based on high scores on the PSAT as well as academic record, activities, contribution to the community, school recommendation and an essay about personal characteristics, plans and goals.

Cary and Apex residents receive Apex Lions Club scholarships

Cary resident Alia B. Capone, a recent graduate of Apex High School, received the Apex Lions Club T.B. Holland Memorial scholarship along with Matthew Lee, 2012 valedictorian of Apex High School, and Jason Li.

Capone is also one of the 2012 recipients of the Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarship and the Apex Community Auxiliary scholarship for students planning a career in the medical field. She will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill.

Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak