A team from Poolesville High School proved its expertise in the area of digital forensics by placing first in the 2012 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge out of 45 high school teams worldwide.
The PHSFalcons4 team included seniors Anirudh Neti and Neel Virdy, junior Ashwin Sekar and sophomore Umesh Padia. The students were mentored by computer science teachers Jack Stansbury and Mark Estep.
The team began this year’s competition in February and, by completing assigned tasks, earned a place in the finals competition in November where they took top honors.
Another Poolesville team, PHS SwagTag, made up of Annie Chu, Vineet Padia, Sidd Singal and Joy Zeng, all seniors, also competed in the challenge. Their final ranking will be announced later this month.
The Department of Defense, which sponsors the competition, will send a representative to Poolesville High School to present the award to the winning team. Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science using the computer and other digital devices that store data.