MAGIC is pleased to report that the Fourth Capture the Flag (CTF 004) Cybersecurity Competition held on Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Community Media Center in Westminster, MD was a success and established several new milestones for MAGIC programming. A new record was set for total participants, with over 150 students registered across six locations, five Maryland locations and one location in Wilson, NC.
For the first time ever, two teams completed the entire set of cybersecurity puzzles. First place team, The Green Team, included Daniel Cleaver, Jonathan Woodward, and Joshua Woodward, who competed at the Community Media Center of Carroll County in Westminster, MD. Second place team, FCC Cyber, included Adam Boretos, Brandon Hertel, and Christian Lowe, who competed at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, MD. These participants will be recognized for the astonishing achievement in a separate event in the near future. Third place team, UMUC Team-1, included Leonid Burlachuk, Paul Chilcote, Jared Perdue, and Andrew Valliere, who competed at the Laurel Branch Library in Laurel, MD.

First Place Team~ The Green Team
The Wilson, NC competition, sponsored by Wilson Greenlight and NC Hearts Gigabit had two first place teams, team Part Time Gig, which included David Auge, Joshua Canady, and Jordan Paldino, and team Nyan Cat, which included Jarred Desrosiers and Noelle Vollaro, who competed at the Imagination Station in downtown Wilson, NC.
Several MAGIC CTF 004 sponsors and partners were on location in Westminster, including Point3 Security, Carroll Community College, Carroll County Public Library, System Source, InfoPathways, the Community Media Center of Carroll County, and the City of Westminster, as well as numerous other cybersecurity and IT professionals working as volunteer coaches. MAGIC would like to thank Gold Sponsors CTC Energy and Telecommunications and the Community Media Center of Carroll County, Silver Sponsors Carroll Community College and Google Fiber, Bronze Sponsors Carroll Hospital Center and Point3 Security, as well as Barnes Bollinger Insurance and InfoPathways. MAGIC is also supported by the City of Westminster and a grant from Hill Development Group, LLC.

Volunteer Vince Buscemi from McDaniel College interviewing Westminster City Council Member, Mona Becker, while volunteer, Sarah Edmonds runs the camera.
The next MAGIC CTF 005, an entry level ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for high school and college students, will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018. Contact Amy Rupp ( for further details.
Photo credit to MAGIC board member, Josh Ambrose.