Marshalltown High School had a successful showing at the IT-Olympics at Iowa State University on April 27 with first and third place finishes.
Cyber defense takes 1st
The MHS cyber defense team placed first out of 30 teams at the competition and includes junior Keaten Collinson and sophomores Marek Jablonski and Wesley Kodis.
“Cyber defense is the apex of IT-Olympics,” said Susan Fritzell, Extended Learning Program teacher at MHS. “The team has been working every night for the past two weeks to set up their network and secure it against hackers. The fact that our team won the competition shows they have an excellent understanding of network security and also work well as a team.”
Helping out as mentors for the team are Adam Kithcart (of General Dynamics in Des Moines) and MCSD Technology Department leaders Josh Wesley and Mark Krukow.
Robotics team places 3rd
The MHS robotics team placed third out of 16 teams in that competition and includes freshmen students Marcus Barker, Austin Christen and Jacob Swartz.
“I am also really excited about our robotics team,” Fritzell said. “These three ninth graders created and programmed a great robot for the primary challenge in the morning, but they also did an incredible job working together in solving the afternoon challenge in just four hours time.”