Lower Merion High School junior William Hillman recently won the gold medal in the Cyber Security event at the SkillsUSA District II Competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization that develops employability, along with participatory and leadership skills, to complement the occupational capabilities developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites.
Hillman was eligible for this competition because he is also enrolled in vocational-technical courses at the Central Montgomery County Technical High School (CMTHS). Students who are part of this program attend regular classes one-half day at LMHS and one-half day at CMTHS.
The Cyber Security Event tests participants on both cognitive and psychomotor domain performance while evaluating each contestant's preparation for employment. It also recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism with relation to entry level skills within the field of Cyber Security.
Contestants first must take an exam testing their knowledge of key cyber security systems and devices, including end point devices, software, managed switches, enterprise routers, wireless access points, firewalls, pen testing tools and digital/network forensic activities. Next, participants must demonstrate various psychomotor skills as they move from station-to-station completing assigned tasks related to provisioning, testing and deployment, as well as protection and defensive procedures.