KHS Students Earning Accolades at National Computer Science Contests

Portraits of Jacob Farrell, Gavin McGowan and Isaac Yang

Jacob Farrell, a junior at Kimberly High School, was involved in two different national computer science competitions organized by universities. Both teams he belonged to earned a top place in the competitions.

The Kimberly High School team, comprised of students Jacob Farrell, Gavin McGowan and Isaac Yang, participated in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering CSAW Red Team competition. The KHS team is one of the 11 high school teams from the U.S. that advanced to compete during the in-person finals.

Jacob also belongs to a picoCTF team, called redpwn, with students from Tigard High School (Tigard, OR), Whitefish Bay High School (Whitefish Bay, WI) and Interlake High School (Bellevue, WA). The picoCTF competition is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. It is a capture the flag style game with 121 challenges created by Carnegie Mellon University. This team took first place in the picoCTF competition.

Read more about both of these accomplishments and hear Jacob's perspective in this news release.