MGM's CyberVikings

CyberVikings are MGM Students
interested Computer programming and cyber security

Our CyberVikings participate
in Various programming and Cyber Security Competitions

MGM Students Earning their GIAC/GFACT Certification during Summer/Fall 2023
Michael Hofelich with thumbs up after earning his GIAC GFACT Certification
Donald Saucier with thumbs up after earning his GIAC GFACT Certification

Congratulations to the following students who have earned
Information Technology Specialist Certification in Java:

Benjamin Conner Caschera's ITS Java Certification
Seth Macphearson Shell's ITS Java Certification
Nathan Wallace's ITS Java Certification
PowerUp Cyber Games 2022-23 Top Ten Teams, MGM ranked 4th
PowerUp Cyber Games Logo

Mary G. Montgomery High School's CyberVikings
came in 4th out of 116 teams competing in the 2022-2023 PowerUp Cyber Competition.

MGM's Team Members this year:
Michael Hofelich
Preston Vardaman
Benjamin Russ
Avery Webb

Congratulations to the following students who have earned
Information Technology Specialist certification in Python:

Avery Lane Webb's ITS Python Certificate
Evan Chase Herzberg's ITS Python Certification
Noah Barrett Gates' ITS Python Certification
Benjamin Robert Russ's ITS Python Certification
Donald Robert Saucier's ITS Python Certification
Preston Lane Vardaman's ITS Python Certification
Benjamin Conner Caschera's ITS Python Certification
Michael Anthony Hofelich's ITS Python Certification
Seth Macphearson Shell's ITS Python Certification

Mary G. Montgomery Students Earn GOLD!!

CyberStart America Gold Badge
CyberStart America Gold Badge
CyberStart America Gold Badge
Benjamin Russ, Avery Webb and Preston Vardaman

Each of these young men have earned Gold badges competing in CyberStart America.

To earn their Gold badge in CSA, students are required to earn at least 100,000 points solving challenges involving steganography, networking, code-breaking, Python programming, and digital forensics.

Benjamin Russ
Avery Webb
Preston Vardaman

MGM Students Earn GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies Certification

Preston Lane Vardaman
Avery Lane Webb
Lydia Louise Stroud

Earning the GFACT certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of essential foundational cybersecurity concepts.

GFACT-certified professionals are familiar with practical skills in computers, technology, and security fundamentals that are needed to kickstart a career in cybersecurity.

Seven Mary G Montgomery HS students were named 2022 National Cyber Scholars by NCSF. Each was given the opportunity to take a SANS Institute Foundations course and an attempt the GIAC GFACT certification exam.(Course + Exam = $3000 Scholarship)

Congratulations on your GFACT Certification:

Preston Vardaman
Avery Webb
Lydia Stroud

MGM's Computer Science students
have been enhancing their programming skills with the SkillsForAll website from CISCO

At SkillsForAll they completed the 30-hour Python Institute - Pythons Essentials 1 course, and earned a verified digital badge from CISCO Networking Academy.

National Cyber Scholarship Foundation
2022 Scholars

MGM NCSF 2022 Scholars
NCSF Scholars Badge
MGM's 2022 National Cyber Scholars

Preston Vardaman    Avery Webb
Darian Hill         Braxton Fuller
Jose Wheeler        Lydia Stroud
Seth Shell

Microsoft Technology Associates
MGM Vikings 
Michael Hofelich and Seth Shell have both earned their
MTA-Introduction to Programming Using Python Certifications

Michael Hofelich's MTA Python Certification
Michael Hofelich
Seth Shell's MTA Python Certification
Seth Macphearson Shell
2021-2022 PowerUp Cyber Games
MGM's 2021-2022 Cyber PowerUp Team and Team Rankings

PowerUp Cyber Games, which is powered by Cyber Skyline, is a cybersecurity competition. It takes place over most of an academic year with a different competition round each month.

October 2021 - warmup problems in the Practice Gym.
November 2021 - Cryptography Round
December 2021 - OSI Round
January 2022 - Log Analysis Round
February 2022 - Network Round
March 2022 - Linux Round
April 2022 -  Software Security Round

In between rounds, the students have access to learning materials and presentations to help them enhance their knowledge of the topic of the next round of competition.


The 2021-2022 school year was Mary G. Montgomery's first year to enter a team in this competition.

MGM finished at 37th out of 216 teams.

Skol Vikings to:

Darian Hill

Reagan Hood

Lydia Stroud

Alexandria Tillman

MGM - Winners of the 2022 National Cyber Cup sponsored by CYBER.ORG
2022 National Cyber Cup Winner - Mary G. Montgomery High School - Semmes, AL
MGM's Cyber Cup Winning Team Members
2022 National Cyber Cup 1st Place Team
1st Place TeamBraxton Fuller
Ben Russ
Preston Vardaman
Avery Webb
2022 National Cyber Cub 2nd Place Team
2nd Place Team
Michael Hofelich
Jose Wheeler
Lydia Stroud

2022 Aspirations in Computing Award

Lydia Stroud

MGM CyberViking - Lydia Stroud

2002 Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Honorable Mention
Florida Panhandle & Southern Alabama Affiliate

2021 SkillsUSA Alabama Chapter - State Programming Contest
MGM CyberViking Elvin Lin - 1st Place

SkillsUSA State Programming Contest, MGM Student Elvin Lin won Gold
Elvin Lin working at a computer.

2021 IBM© Summer Skills Build Challenge
Badges earned by MGM students during the 2021 IBM Summer SkillsBuild Challenge
The IBM©Summer Skills Build Challenge introduced middle, high school, and beginning college students to emerging technologies and professional skills.

Students took online courses on different topics ranging from Job Readiness skills to Cybersecurity, and had the opportunity to earn digital badges if they were successful on the end of course assessments. You can see snips of some of the badges our students earned above.

Three young women from MGM not only earned digital badges for their learning efforts, but they also earned prizes from IBM© for winning some of the Weekly Challenges.

Pictured are Alexandria TillmanLydia Stroud and Reagan Hood with some of the items they won.
IBM Summer Skills Build Challenge Logo
Alexandria Tillman, Lydia Stroud and Reagan Hood standing in from of a table displaying the items they won.
Cyber Opportunity School, Gold Award

MGM has been named a
2021 Gold Level Cyber Opportunity School