TJHSST, Centreville HS Cyber Security Clubs Win Awards at U.Va. MetaCTF

School News
November 04, 2019
students with certificates
Centreville HS Cyber Security Team

Students from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and Centreville High School cyber security clubs placed third and fifth, respectively, at the fifth annual MetaCTF (capture the flag) at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Students worked on challenges and learned new techniques and concepts related to cybersecurity from technical skills such as reconnaissance, cryptography, binary and web exploitation, reverse engineering, and forensics to legal and business skills such as risk management and incident response. Solving these challenges granted teams digital flags, which were then exchanged for points over the nine-hour event. Students competed against 36 different teams from high schools around the state, and alongside 65 universities and colleges from Virginia and the surrounding area. Contact John Zacharias at for information about the TJHSST team and Cindy Belsky at for information about the Centreville team.