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Congrats to Engineering Student Camerin Figueroa for Placing Tops in the Nation in Netriders

Camerin Figueroa
Camerin Figueroa

Congratulations to Camerin Figueroa who scored 10th in the nation out of 287 of his peers who made it to the final round of the 2017 Cisco Networking NetRiders IT Skills Competition! Camerin is a senior at Pine Bush HS and a 2nd year student in the CTE Engineering/STEM Careers Academy. Camerin, along with Magnus Roberto (Pine Bush), Xander Crissinger (Port Jervis), Flynn Ramos (Warwick Valley) and Devin Pallone (Minisink Valley) made it to the final round of this year's NetRiders Competition.

Cisco NetRiders is an on-line interactive contest offered by Cisco to high school students enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy. It consists of a theoretical exam and a virtual lab exercise which are timed and submitted to be graded by Cisco. The exams become more difficult with each new round. Competitors need to achieve a 60% in the opening rounds of the competition which includes troubleshooting network problems using Packet Tracer simulation software. Initially, 817 students competed in Round 1 at the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) level, and of those original competitors, 345 were invited to advance to Round 2, including our CTE Engineering students.  All five students finished near the top half of the Netrider competitors nationwide. 

IT skills competitions such as this provide students with hands-on practice and experience in a competitive environment, a chance to test their skills and recognize their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, and create interactive networking skills as well as new friendships across the world. Students also gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

The students competed under the direction of their Cisco Networking instructor Robert McMann, who is proud of the high level of skill his students demonstrated in the competition. 

(left to right) Camerin Figueroa, Flynn Ramos, Magnus Roberto and Xander Crissinger.

(left to right) Camerin Figueroa, Flynn Ramos, Magnus Roberto and Xander Crissinger.

Devin Pallone

Devin Pallone