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On Saturday, Sept. 24, Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter High School's cyber security team competed in the semifinal round of the first annual Maryland Cyber Challenge and was among the top six finalists in Maryland. Other finalists included Poolesville High School, Sherwood High School, Harford Technical High School, Bishop McNamara High School and Centennial High School.

The competition was open to all public and private high schools in Maryland, and Chesapeake Science Point, located in Hanover, was the only team from Anne Arundel County to move on to the final round as well as the only charter high school from Maryland to do so.

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Russett resident and captain of the cyber security team known as Freedom's Hammer, Greg Bekher, along with his team members, Tristan Carmean, Ethan Frater, Brett Hornick, Alex Keller and Efstathios Veruhis, will compete Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Baltimore Convention Center for an $84,000 grant along with internship opportunities at institutions such as the National Security Agency and Science Applications International Corp. Freedom's Hammer consists only of ninth- and 10th-graders who have competed against many juniors and seniors from other high schools in the state.

The final round of competition is known as the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference, and was created by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Science Applications International Corp. in partnership with the Department of Business and Economic Development, the Tech Council of Maryland and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Congratulations Greg, and good luck on Friday and Saturday.

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