Red River High School students recognized for outstanding performance in cybersecurity training program

Carson Mathre and Lauryn Brynjulson score at the highest levels in the nationwide online competition

Red River High School
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GRAND FORKS – Two Red River High School students have been recognized for outstanding performance in an online cybersecurity training program CyberStart America.

Carson Mathre, a recent RRHS graduate, has been named a scholar by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) for his achievement in the online program.

Mathre’s score placed him in the top 3% of program participants, according to a Grand Forks Public School news release.

Lauryn Brynjulson, an incoming 10th grade student, was named a finalist by NCSF. As a finalist, she placed in the top 5% of all CyberStart America competitors.

In the training program, thousands of high school students across the country competed for a top score by solving real-world cybersecurity problems. More than 45,000 students nationwide sought to qualify.


In recognition of their performance, Brynjulson and Mathre earned an invitation to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy, a multi-week online program based on the nationally recognized SANS Foundations training course and certification. SANS stands for System Administration Networking and Security. The SANS Institute, based in Bethesda, Maryland, offers one of the world’s foremost cybersecurity training programs.

CyberStart America, a free program for high school students, aims to uncover hidden cyber talents, and identify and develop the next generation of cyber superstars. CyberStart’s platform uses games to teach students the skills necessary to complete a wide variety of realistic cybersecurity challenges and earn a scholarship in a matter of weeks.

Brynjulson and Mathre were registered for the program and advised by Paul Zettler, a career and technical education teacher at Red River High School.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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