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Flour Bluff NJROTC Students Chosen for Cyber Patriot Competition

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Flour Bluff NJROTC program is know for excellence.

They have won numerous national titles as a team, and now two of their own have been chosen to represent the Coastal Bend in a national competition that deals with hackers.

Josiah Anderson and Colin O'Brien are working on helping to defend our nation via cyberspace.

"Basically, they try to break in, we try to keep them out," said Colin O'Brien, a member of Flour Bluff's NJROTC.

The two have been chosen to represent the Coastal Bend in a competition called Cyber Patriot, and their leader, Commander Armando Solis, is known for creating champions.

"The beauty of this program is these kids develop skills that will make them very, very marketable," Solis said.

Cyber Patriot was created by the U.S. Air Force with the goal to keep hackers from breaching our nation's security systems.

The two students will head to Washington D.C. and compete against cyber defense teams who advanced in the competition between 1,200 different schools across the country in January. Only 14 teams made it to the finals. Their goal is to protect a hard drive from being attacked by a cyber terrorist.

"It's not something the average person can really grasp the concept of in a couple of hours," NJROTC student Josiah Anderson said. "It takes a couple of years to get good at it."

Originally, the Department of Defense was going to pay for their trip, but because of cutbacks, the kids now have to raise the money on their own. They only have a couple of weeks and are a couple of hundred dollars short, so they have started a fundraising campaign that will hopefully get them to D.C. next month.

In the meantime, the two continue to prepare for first place.

The competition will be held during Spring Break. If you would like to help out, please call the Flour Bluff NJROTC program at 361-694-9119. You can also make a donation by clicking here.