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Chantilly Academy team prevails at CyberPatriot V National Finals

Three teams from Fairfax County Public Schools swept the top awards at the Air Force Association CyberPatriot V national finals March 14 and 15 at National Harbor’s Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Maryland.

Seniors Weyland Chiang, Chris Kim and Bryan Nguyen and juniors Anirudh Bagde and Tim Rothschild, members of team VOID from Chantilly Academy, took first place, making them the Open Division National Champions.

Two teams from Marshall Academy came in second and third. C.J. Gardner, Alex Handley, Kevin Houk, Jack Lynch, Ramon Martinez-Diaz and Peter Morrissey earned the overall runner-up award.

Finishing in third place were Sepehr Ansaripour, Charlie Franks, Xhesi Galanxhi, Peter Marr, Alex Ryan and Jacob Walters.

CyberPatriot V is a national high school cyber defense competition sponsored by Northrup Grumman, a leading global security company.

Mentoring Chantilly Academy’s CyberPatriot Team are cyber security professionals from Northrop Grumman Information Systems, headquartered in McLean. Joan Ozdogan serves as coach.

Computer Systems A+ instructor Jason Simeon and career experience specialist Shelli Carpenter sponsor Marshall Academy’s Cyber Security Club. Simeon coached the second-place team, and Carpenter coached the third-place team. Ryan Walters, president and CEO of TerraWi, mentors both Marshall Academy teams.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley delivered the keynote speech at the March 16 CyberPatriot Awards Banquet, where he addressed the critical need for a new generation of cyber defenders.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation announced it will continue its support for three more years with a $4.5 million donation. The foundation also will award scholarships to the members of the three top teams.

For the competition, teams work with virtual machines that contain vulnerabilities and must clean the image in a set amount of time. Teams that find the most vulnerabilities pass on to the next round.

Nationally, more than 1,200 teams of two to six students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 competed in two preliminary rounds and National Semifinals to determine who would be invited to the National Finals competition.

Fairfax, Chantilly Ford dealership honored

Ford Motor Co. on March 14 awarded Ted Britt Ford of Fairfax and Chantilly with the Triple Crown award in recognition of outstanding sales performance and an exceptional customer service record. The dealership joins an elite group of 22 dealerships across the country recognized with the Triple Crown.

To win the Triple Crown Award a dealership must achieve Ford Motor Co.’s three most distinguished awards in the same year: Top 100 Sales Volume in the Nation, Top 100 Parts and Service Volume in the Nation and the President’s Award, which is based on top customer satisfaction.

Ted Britt Automotive Group, family owned since 1959, supports local sports and teen programs as well as Youth for Tomorrow and Life with Cancer programs in Northern Virginia.

Military salutes

Army Cadets William Mackey and William Clark received the George C. Marshall Award during a ceremony at the Marshall Center at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. The award, named in the honor and legacy of Gen. Marshall, is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities.

This national award is the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive.

Mackay, son of William and Cherie Mackey of Fairfax, is a student at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Clark, son of Mark and Setyowati Clark of Falls Church, is a student at George Mason University.

Army Reserve Pvt. John Diaz, Army Pvt. Diamond Tutt, Army Pfc. Tyler Caldwell, Army Pvt. Darius Gettridge and Army Pvt. Choong Jae Jin have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Diaz, son of Anamaria Abarca of Herndon and Mario Diaz of Hagerstown, Md., graduated in 2010 from Westfield High School.

Tutt, daughter of Alicia Tutt and stepdaughter of David Jackson, both of Bladensburg, Md., and granddaughter of David Tutt of Falls Church, is a 2012 graduate of McLean High School.

Caldwell, son of Scott Caldwell of Springfield and Beth Caldwell of Sandusky, Ohio, is a 2012 graduate of Oakton High School.

Gettridge is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Jin is a 2009 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Alejandra Martinez and Air Force Airman Alexia Teran Tapia graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Martinez, daughter of Erenia Hoyos and Manuel Martinez, both of Alexandria, is a 2009 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School. She earned an associate degree in 2011 from Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria.

Tapia, daughter of Gloria Tapia of Centreville, is a 2012 graduate of Centreville High School.

Scholarships for young fine arts students

High school students who want to further their interests in the fine arts are invited to enter the 2013 James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition. Sponsored by the Alden Theatre, the competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts during high school. The application deadline is April 1.

The competition is open to students in grades 9 to 12 who reside or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. A $1,200 scholarship will go to first-place winners in each of the following categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Second-place winners in all five categories will receive $800. Third-place winners each receive $400.

Finalists must be present and prepared to perform at the final competition in the Alden Theatre on May 23 at 8 p.m.

Application forms are available at and at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. A nonrefundable $15 fee is required for each application form submitted. For more, email Kathy Herr at