Principals' Memo #1013-12

Department of Education

September 11, 2012

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Governorís Cyber Challenge

Governor Robert F. McDonnell is hosting the first annual Governor’s Cyber Challenge this fall, and your students are invited to participate.  The Cyber Challenge consists of two parts. The first part is a set of online quizzes. The top 40 scoring students will advance to the second part, which are the finals on March 2, 2013, at George Mason University. Winners of the competition will receive scholarships in the amounts of $5,000 for First Place, $3,000 for Second Place, and $1,500 for Third Place.

The quizzes, located on the Cyber Foundations Web site, are focused on computer networking, operating systems, and system administration. The students will be able to study these materials in preparation for each competitive quiz. Students who rank highest on these sets of quizzes will get a formal invitation to participate in the finals of the Governor’s Cyber Challenge at George Mason University on March 2, 2013, which will feature an interactive, face-to-face NetWars tournament.

Attachment A contains a letter from the Governor and details about participation in the challenge.  If you have questions, please contact Cameron Kilberg, Assistant Secretary of Technology at or 804-786-0226.



  1. The Governorís Challenge Letter (PDF)