Three high school freshmen are working to tackle one of the most important security issues around the world: cybersecurity.

Sarah Norris a freshman at Coconino High School and Wesley Roxas-Powers and Colton Taylor, from Flagstaff High School, make up the district’s CyberPatriot team, and compete with schools around the state and region to see who can make a computer operating system the most secure.

CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was established by the Air Force Association to expose students to careers in cybersecurity and other STEM fields. All three students are members of the Coconino High School JROTC, but CyberPatriot also has an open division for students outside of military fields.

CyberPatriot is in its eighth year nationwide, but this is the first year the Flagstaff schools had a team.

“People think it’s hacking, but it’s actually the opposite,” Norris, the team captain, said.

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