Niwot High girls’ cybersecurity teams excel at national challenge


March 15, 2018

NHS Girls Go CyberStart competition participants Subi Bhatt, Davita Bird, Aileen Ma, Esther Xu, Julia Curd and Michele Tran. Missing: Valorie Myhre and Kay Altshuler.

There’s an old saying that “To catch a thief, you have to think like one.” For five intense days, two teams of Niwot High School (NHS) girls rewired their thought processes to compete in a computer security challenge to thwart cybercrime.

Stepping into the virtual shoes of hackers, the teams out-performed their competitors admirably. The Coding Cougars team, made up of Julia Curd (sophomore), Davita Bird (sophomore), Michelle Tran (senior) and Aileen Ma (senior) finished first in the state and ninth in the nation. Team Niwot, comprised of Valorie Myhre (sophomore), Subi Bhatt (freshm...

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