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'We can do it'

One Seneca Valley student understands the power of the internet and the power of young women coming together.

Late last year, Seneca Valley's first-ever Women in Engineering CyberPatriot Team, placed in the Gold Division, the second-highest division possible, during the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. As part of the competition, students were challenged to find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in virtual operating systems.

Seneca Valley’s team, which was formed by junior Veronica Pimenova, includes juniors Courtney Beals and Vivian Palmer, and senior Dilini Ranaweera. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the nation's future.

“I believe that Cybersecurity is important, especially in today's world where the internet is used more than ever,” stated Miss Pimenova. “I am happy with how our team placed, especially since it was our first time and we were one of the few girls-only teams competing.”

V. PImenova C. Beals V. Palmer D. Ranaweera

Pictured L-R: Veronica Pimenova, Courtney Beals, Vivian Palmer and Dilini Ranaweera.