Cyber Defense 7X State Champs

Students in a Computer Science Lab

The Southeast Cyber Defense Team extended its streak as reigning Missouri state champions after winning the 2019 Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) for the seventh straight year.

Southeast students competing in the Missouri CCDC were Mackenzie Bonneville of Mapleton, Illinois; Andrew Banning of Salem, Illinois; Michael Maune of Villa Ridge, Missouri; Timothy Vitale of Wentzville, Missouri; Ben Shell of Marble Hill, Missouri; Ethan Gyori of Eureka, Missouri; Connor McGarr of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Cramer McGarr of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Jack Gavin of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Max Foster of Freeburg, Illinois; Connor Bybee of Carterville, Illinois; and Joseph Kossack of Vienna, Illinois.

“The program challenges students to strive for excellence, and the results show,” Dr. Vijay Anand said.“It also shows the commitment of students and their willingness to put in long hours to hone their skills and establish camaraderie and trust to be able compete at a very high level.”

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