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CTE Engineering STEM Academy Superstars Advance in Cisco NetRider's Competition

Cisco Netrider Competitors AM class
Cisco Netrider Competitors AM class

Five CTE Computer Networking (CISCO/CCNA Programming) students competing in the 2017 Cisco Networking NetRiders IT Skills Competition, have advanced to the next level of the contest and will compete again in late April against their peers across the nation. These talented young men already distinguished themselves earlier this year in the 2016 CyberPatriot competition sponsored by the Air Force Association.  

The CTE team includes Xander Crissinger (senior) from Port Jervis High School; Camerin Figueroa (senior) and Magnus Roberto (senior) from Pine Bush High School; Devin Pallone (senior) from Minisink Valley High School and Flynn Ramos (senior) from Warwick Valley High School. They are students in Cisco/CCNA Computer Networking instructor Robert McMann's class.  In order to advance to Round 2 students need to achieve a 60% in the competition which includes troubleshooting network problems using Packet Tracer simulation software. Initially, 817 students competed in Round 1 at the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) level, and of those original competitors, 345 were invited to advance to Round 2, including our CTE students.  
Cisco NetRiders Competition is an on-line interactive competition offered by Cisco to high school students enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy. The on-line tests consist of a theoretical exam and a virtual lab exercise which are timed and submitted to be graded by Cisco. The exams become more difficult with each new round.

These IT skills competitions provide students with hands-on practice and experience in a competitive environment, a chance to test their skills and recognize their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, and create interactive networking skills as well as new friendships across the world as well as gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field. For instructors, the competition is a great opportunity to lead students and showcase teaching skills as well.

Photo right: NetRider competitors from the AM class include (left to right) Camerin Figueroa, Flynn Ramos, Magnus Roberto and Xander Crissinger. Devin Pallone (PM class) is pictured below. 

Devin Pallone - PM class

Devin Pallone - PM class