News Release

Cisco Networking Academy Announces Winners of New Jersey NetRiders Competition

Networking Skills Competition Motivates New Jersey High School Students to Follow Career Path with IT Education and Training
Jun 02, 2009

San Jose, Calif., June 2, 2009 - Cisco today announced the winners of the New Jersey NetRiders Skills Competition, an interactive three-part contest designed by the Cisco® Networking Academy® to give New Jersey high school students the opportunity to showcase their information technology and networking skills and to recognize excellence among New Jersey Networking Academy students.

The New Jersey NetRiders Competition involved more than 100 New Jersey Networking Academy students, who competed in three rounds:

  • Round One: Students competed in a virtual online exam qualifier, which consisted of a theoretical exam of 60 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The two students with the highest scores from each academy advanced to round two.
  • Round Two: Student teams of two competed in the virtual team qualifier, which consisted of a theoretical exam of 60 questions to be completed in 45 minutes and a Packet Tracer activity to be completed in 35 minutes.  The 10 teams with the highest scores advanced to the final round.
  • Final Round: Students competed on-site in multiple competitions, including a theoretical exam, a Packet Tracer activity, and a customer service activity. The first-, second- and third-place teams were awarded prizes.

"It is an honor to attend this event with so many talented young people demonstrating their networking skills," said Lucile Davy, New Jersey commissioner of education. "The development of technology skills will be essential for the workforce of tomorrow. We are grateful to the Cisco Networking Academy for their support of school district partnerships throughout the state."

The 2009 New Jersey NetRiders Competition Winners:

1st-Place Winners

  • Catherine Kersey and Michael Gonzalez, Morris County School of Technology

2nd-Place Winners

  • Shayyan Arshad and Jane Malasig, Hudson County School of Technology

3rd-Place Winners

  • Jordan Strong and Steven Wooton, Gloucester County Institute of Technology

The Cisco Networking Academy is a global technology education program that provides students with networking and technical skills to prepare them for careers in the 21st century.  Committed to delivering the highest standard of information technology education to students of all nationalities, genders and economic brackets, the program is designed to offer students real-world skills that will position them for employment and career growth.

"We are extremely pleased to provide this opportunity to Networking Academy students in New Jersey," said Rosanna Bisges, senior manager for Cisco Networking Academy in the U.S. and Canada. "It is very exciting to watch these talented young people compete and demonstrate their technology skills in a realistic work environment."

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