June 28, 2021 - Smithson Valley High School students, who happen to be brothers, have been recognized for outstanding achievement in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition, a rigorous 48-hour online competition sponsored by The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.
Xander Reston, an incoming senior at SVHS, was named a Scholar in the competition and earned a $2,500 scholarship to a college of his choice. His brother, Zereth Reston, an incoming junior at SVHS, was named a Finalist and received free tuition to this summer’s Cyber Foundations Academy.
The brothers competed against 5,000 high school students in a cybersecurity competition designed to challenge participants to solve computer security problems and/or capture and defend computer systems. In total, 50,000 students nationwide sought to qualify for the competition with just 10 percent meeting the requirements.
There are several qualification pathways for the competition including CyberStart America, a free online program that helps students discover their interest in cybersecurity and develop their talent and skills.
-Pictured from left are Zereth and Xander Reston who earned honors in this year’s National Cyber Scholarship Competition.
-The Reston brothers, Xander and Zereth, were recognized for their honors by the Comal ISD Board of Trustees at its June meeting. Pictured from left are Trustee Tim Hennessee, Trustee Courtney Biasatti, Trustee Michelle Ross, Xander Reston, Zereth Reston, Trustee Jason York, Trustee Marty Bartlett and Superintendent Andrew Kim.