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CyberPatriot Team Wins School Board Award | Star


GARRETT. Some of Garrett’s top students were honored at Monday’s student council meeting.

Dante Maslin, representing Team CyberPatriot, Garrett Middle School State Champion, presented the award to Principal Lucas Fielden at the convention.

Maslin and team members Chase Roberts and Lucy White, all eighth graders, won the state title in December. In its fourth season of existence, Garrett High School also ranked first last year and was second in its first two years. Garrett High School ranked in the top 10 for the recently concluded season.

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber ​​Defense Competition is the world’s largest cybersecurity competition. Sponsored by the United States Aerospace Forces Association, it challenges teams of high school and middle school students to find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in virtual operating systems. Using a proprietary competition system, teams are judged on how secure the system is. Teams meet once a month to compete, usually at a six hour time frame.

“It’s as realistic as you can imagine – quite a challenge,” coach Bill Thomas said of the effort the students put into the competition.

Garrett High School has participated in the CyberPatriot program for more than a decade, but this season has been one of the best in school history, Thomas said.

The Garrett High School team included seniors Micah Carlson and Cameron Ruiz, as well as sophomores Malan Dirksen and Brason Heltsley, and freshmen Logan Colgan and Sydney Sweltzer.

This year the group was led by team mentors Nicholas Yoder and Nick Molargic. Both are Garrett alumni and alumni of the school’s CyberPatriot program.

According to Superintendent Tony Weaver, the new app will personalize school calendars. Students and parents can stay up to date with EventLink, Garrett-Keyser-Butler’s official calendar of academic, sports and extracurricular activities.

The app allows users to create a calendar for just the teams, clubs and events they want to follow. Every morning, users will receive an email summary of the events of interest to them. Notifications will also be sent in case of changes via text messages and email.

To create an account, go to eventlink.com, click Create Account, and add the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District. Follow the instructions to complete your account.

Also approved were the hirings of Marlin Eicher as a secondary school assistant welding instructor, Megan Behm as a secondary school teaching assistant, and Rita Bennett as a part-time canteen employee. Also endorsed was High School Volunteer Wrestling Coach Thomas Porter.

A required school engagement plan has also been approved, outlining the district’s COVID-related procedures, visitor and volunteer policies, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection measures, and extracurricular activities. Weaver said no changes have been made, but because the county receives federal funding, the board must review the policy every six months.

Also on Monday, the purchase of two 2022 Thomas Freightliner buses for a total of $294,562 was approved. Board members also approved the cancellation of outstanding checks older than two years for a total of $436.

Grants and donations received include a $48,428 Title II grant from the Indiana Department of Education; $1,000 from the GKB Educational Fund and $120 from Walmart for KARE; and personal and business donations totaling $585 to cover negative school lunch balances.

Extra-curricular donations for Garrett Klaus were also received in the amount of $490.

High School Principal Matt Smith praised the wrestling team for its many awards over the past four years and announced the school’s upcoming course selection fair.

He added that the first semester ended on January 10. In the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic years, the semester will end before the Christmas holidays.

Fielden congratulated the state’s winning CyberPatriot team and the high school wrestling team. He announced that the school science fair would be held on Friday, February 3rd, and the winners would be announced on Monday, February 6th at the high school gym. Those wishing to help the judge are encouraged to contact the school.

Career Development Director Corey Shun said students will compete in the SkillsUSA maker competition on February 4 at the Local 166 training center in Fort Wayne.

Shun also noted that subcontract instructor Joe Walker has been appointed to lead Ivy Tech’s welding program.


The Board of Directors has approved the dismissal of Hailey Klopfenstein as a high school teaching assistant, the resignation of Charles McKinney as a guardian effective December 20, 2022, and the resignation of Toma Smith as a high school guardian effective February 15.

Each board member was honored for their service as part of the School Board Appreciation Month celebration. New board members Luke Ice and Matt Freese visited the three buildings last week, Weaver added.

AWARE Project Coordinator Renee Hood scheduled a site visit by the Indiana Department of Education on Friday to discuss everything the district is doing to support young people and their overall well-being.

“We are very concerned about the welfare of students in general, including their mental health,” Weaver said.

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