A team of students from Granada Hills Charter High School finished second their region in the first ever California Mayors Cyber Cup competition held recently at Moorpark College.

First place went to Coast Union High School students in team Coast 1 in Cambria; while Ventura High School, team COU64R5 in Ventura, took third place.

The California Mayors Cyber Cup is a statewide cybersecurity contest for middle and high school students. The competition engages students on a real-life cybersecurity threat scenario in which they use technical skills, leading cyber practices and good cyber-hygiene habits to overcome the problem.

More than 160 local middle and high school students took part in this region’s first California competition on Feb. 23.

The Granada Hills team, known as Granada 1, includes coach Jane Dinh and students Bryce Casaje, Lawrence Lam, Vincent Rimparsurat, Marlon Agbayani, and Daniel Youn.

“The California Mayors Cyber Cup competitions foster the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by bringing together students with leaders in business, industry and government,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. “This is a learning opportunity for students and the community.”

Currently a pilot program, the California Mayors Cyber Cup is coordinated by California Cyberhub, an initiative of synED, a Thousand Oaks nonprofit collaboration of public and private education, local and state government and businesses, including the California Community Colleges, California State Universities, GO-Biz, California Department of Technology and Cal-CSIC.