The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) is pleased to announce the success of their 14th Capture The Flag (CTF) event that took place this past Saturday, April 15 at Carroll Community College. The beginner-level, international cybersecurity competition saw participation from around the U.S. and internationally.
“It was great to see so many students come back to participate in-person,” says Program Director Kim Samuelson. “There was a bit of hesitancy after the pandemic, but this year the students have been so enthusiastic and ready to compete. We’re looking forward to our next Capture the Flag this October.”
First place went to four 9th grade students from Montgomery Blair High School, bringing in a total of 10,350 points by the end of the competition.
Maryland schools that competed were: the College of Southern Maryland, the University of Maryland Global Campus, Allegany College, Carroll Community College, Frederick Community College, Montgomery Blair High School, Loyola Blakefield Preparatory School, Winters Mill High School, Broadneck High School, South Carroll High School, Liberty High School, and Oklahoma Road Middle School. Several homeschooled students participated as well.
- 75 registered students worldwide
– students from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and the Dominican Republic competed in the event
- 13,414 total available points to win
1st Place awarded to Team “Blair 1” (Peter Xiao, Arjun Samavedam, Eliana Wang, and Tony Song) from Montgomery Blair High School with 10,350 points.
2nd Place awarded to Team “Cyber Protectors” (Caleb Musco, Ali Niazi, Joseph Zuner, and Jacob Koxses) from the University of Maryland Global Campus with 9,510 points.
3rd Place awarded to Team “Terminal Velociraptors” (Justin McCubbin and Hamza Nasher-Alneam) from Broadneck High School with 8,245 points.
Here are the Top 10 Teams:
Each participant in the Top 3 winning teams will receive gift cards in the amount of $100, $50, and $25 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively.
This competition marked the final sponsored by the Rural Maryland Council, who awarded MAGIC a grant in 2021 to bring their cybersecurity programs to rural counties statewide.