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Seabury girls finalists in cybersecurity talent competition

Seabury Hall girls finished third in the state and 47th overall nationwide in the nation’s largest high school cybersecurity talent competition, Girls Go CyberStart, designed to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap in the U.S.

Sophomore Lyn Chen traveled to the Governor’s Office Oct. 11 to be recognized on behalf of the Seabury Hall Girls GoCyberStart team, in conjunction with Gov. David Ige proclaiming October Hawaii Cyber Security Month.

“I am so proud of this year’s winners and finalists for representing Hawaii well,” Ige said. “The competition results are a testament to the level of talent we have in Hawaii. Our young women have demonstrated that they are competitive on the national level and we must continue to inspire more of Hawaii’s youth to explore potential careers in cybersecurity.”

Competing with Chen were finalists Alara Berkman, Megan Malcolm and Bella Otterson. They participated in a national online “Capture the Flag” competition, in which they solved problems from disciplines such as cryptography, password cracking, digital forensics and open source intelligence gathering.