South Aiken High School NJROTC participated in the second round of CyberPatriot, a national high school cyber defense competition, on Saturday. CyberPatriot was created by the Air Force Association to excite, educate and motivate the next generation of cyber defenders and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM – graduates.

This is the third year that South Aiken has competed.

South Aiken’s team captain is senior Sarah Henagan, who plans to major in cyber security and computer forensics at the University of Pittsburgh. Competing with Henagan on the A Team were Mark Reboul, Nathan Witebsky, Reese Boatwright and Lily Anzuoni. On the B team were Charles Hand, Corey Kerby, Eric Esselman, Chet Taylor and Benjamin Duncan. Randy Coleman mentored both teams.

About 1,225 teams throughout the country, including some overseas team, competed on Saturday for an opportunity to advance to the semifinals in January. More than 800 teams are from all-service JROTC, Civil Air Patrol and Sea Cadet units. The remainder were regular high school teams.

Last year, SAHS advanced to the finals in National Harbor, Md., where it was named the top NJROTC team in the country. The first year, the team advanced to the national semifinals in Orlando, Fla.