Ocala Schools Hold ‘Capture the Flag’ Tech Competition

Andrew Comeau   May 13, 2015   Comments Off on Ocala Schools Hold ‘Capture the Flag’ Tech Competition

On Monday, May 11, 2015, 24 students from two of Ocala’s schools came together to compete in a Capture the Flag contest in which the students were given the task of troubleshooting personal computers on which various hardware and software issues had been recreated by the instructors. The Ocala I.T. Professionals joined with the Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) to help sponsor this event by providing three Kindle Fire tablets for the students in the winning team.

A combined team of students from Ocala's Community Technical and Adult Education and Marion Technical Institute works to troubleshoot a computer in the Capture the Flag competition.

A combined team of students from Ocala’s Community Technical and Adult Education and Marion Technical Institute works to troubleshoot a computer in the Capture the Flag competition.

Here is the press release provided by Scott Carpenter, the Program Manager of the CyberSecurity program at Community Technical and Adult Education (CTAE), one of the schools that joined in the event.


Future Cybersecurity Experts Show Off Their Skills In A Unique Competition

On May 11, 2015, thirteen students representing the Applied Cybersecurity Community Technical and Adult Education (CTAE) and the eleven students representing the Information Technology program at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) participated in a competition called “Capture the Flag”. Eight, three-person teams, each having at least one representative of each school competed against each other in a troubleshooting competition.

Each team was presented with a troubleshooting scenario for a standard Windows-based computer system. As a part of this scenario, there were twelve issues of varying complexity inserted into each system which had to be resolved. Each team was given a 30 minute time limit to resolve the issues, access the Internet, and browse to a specified webpage. Additionally, there were several operating system tasks that each team needed to complete. The winning team was determined by the number of issues resolved within the time allotted.

Mr. William Kratzer, CTAE’s applied cybersecurity instructor stated, “The goals of today’s event were to present real-world scenarios the students will face once they complete their programs, and provide an opportunity for our students to demonstrate the skills they have learned thus far. I was very pleased with their performances.”

The three members of the winning team were Whitney Metzger (CTAE), Erik Johnson (MTI), and Sean McAtee (MTI). One of the winning team members, Whitney Metzger commented, “I really enjoyed this event. It was a great experience in troubleshooting, and working as part of a team. Teamwork was a crucial part of the competition.” Each member of the winning team received an Amazon Fire tablet donated by The Ocala IT Professionals and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP).


The three members of the winning team - Whitney Metzger (CTAE), Erik Johnson (MTI), and Sean McAtee (MTI) hold their new Kindle Fire tablets provided by the CEP and the Ocala I.T. Professionals.

The three members of the winning team – Whitney Metzger (CTAE), Erik Johnson (MTI), and Sean McAtee (MTI)

Congratulations to the winners – enjoy those Kindle tablets!

This was a great opportunity for the students to test and demonstrate their skills and to work together with students from another school! It also demonstrates the new technical education opportunities that are being developed through our local schools in Ocala and Marion County. As organizer of the the Ocala I.T. Professionals, I’m glad that our group was able to help support the event and look forward to supporting more events like it.

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Organizer of the Ocala I.T. Professionals. Software developer and consultant based in Ocala, Florida.