Cyber-sleuth success for Perse pupils in national competition

Shawnie Chen, Lili Angus, Haoning Liu and Rachel Liu (all Year 8) have combined their cyber-sleuthing skills to win the prestigious Cyber First Girls competition.

The competition, organised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), aims to give girls an insight into the world of cyber security as a potential career.

Twenty-six Perse Year 8 girls took part in the preliminary round last term with the team of Shawnie, Lili, Haoning and Rachel earning a spot in the independent schools category of the national finals.

Under the team name ‘P3r53Two’, they went on to triumph in the online final after completing a series of challenges in cryptography, cyber security, networking, and logic and coding, as well as an additional ‘puzzle book’, over a five-hour period.

Thanks to their success, the team will receive a laptop and goodie bag as well as an invitation to a celebration event hosted by NCSC next month.

Perse Head of Computer Science Dave Gwilt said: “Their achievement is impressive as they were competing against the best independent schools from across the UK and scored significantly more points than the second-placed team.

“They worked very quickly and independently, self-organising into topic specialities, but also showing super teamwork to help each other out when getting stuck.”


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