Roane State students clean up at state competition – WYSH AM 1380

By Bob Fowler, Roane State staff writer

From in-person competitions to online camps, Roane State’s computer programming and cybersecurity programs continue to grow and earn widespread recognition.

And the community college’s mechatronics curriculum is also earning kudos, officials said.

Students in Computer Science won gold medals in computer programming and cybersecurity in the annual SkillsUSA Tennessee competition and will be advancing to national competitions in June.

Lilliana (Lily) Devault took the gold in programming, and Christopher Paul and Michael Graves won gold medals in cyber defense.

Lilliana (Lily) Devault holds the SkillsUSA banner representing her first-place finish in the computer programming competition.

The latest cyber defense award marks the fourth consecutive year that Roane State teams have won the statewide gold medal. The competition involves students uncovering and resolving cyberattacks by mock adversaries who leave digital traces of their tampering.

Dr. George Meghabghab, head of the community college’s rapidly growing Computer Information Technology program, is the team coach.

Also winning medals in the latest competitions were Gabriel J. Eady, silver medal in mechatronics, and Jeremiah L. Hamby and Joshua L. Gilmore, bronze medals in robotics and automation.

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