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York, Nebraska Students Participate in Academies of Excellence

http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/york-students-participate-in-peter-kiewit-institute/article_048cd5c8-f19c-11e1-9891-0019bb2963f4.html
Published August 31, 2012.

YORK — Four York High boys have solidified their after high school goals after attending summer workshops at the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha. PKI selects outstanding high school juniors and seniors from Nebraska to attend the all-expense paid experiences on the PKI campus. The students are selected from nominations and applications that reflect academic achievement and community involvement. Attending the PKI Academy of Excellence was junior, John Fletcher and attending the second level workshop, the Academy of Cyber & Information Assurance were seniors, Avery Miller, Christian Wagner, and Jake Weskamp. John experienced hands on workshops in engineering, technology, and information science familiarizing him with topics like bridge construction, civil engineering and visual animations. John reflected that the Academy of Excellence had solidified his goal of pursuing an engineering career and made PKI one of the places he will consider attending after graduating from YHS. The Academy of Cyber & Information Assurance exposed seniors, Jake, Christian and Avery to cyber system technologies and defenses that enable and protect the network that supports our Nation’s critical infrastructures like finance, insurance, medical, telecommunications, and home land security. Information Assurance (IA), the practice of managing information-related risks is concerned with mitigating risks in the global IT structure. The program involved the students with issues of security and engineering principles, cryptography, digital forensics and disaster recovery. The boys in reflecting about their experiences said, “We got to see and try many things dealing with engineering, information, infrastructure, and the dangers involved through the internet, home, business, and government networks. We also had fun meeting other talented students and doing great social activities like watching the movie, X-men in the campus theater and bowling. It was great to see the possibilities for education PKI offers. We would recommend these camps to anyone liking math and science and interested in engineering and computers.”

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