Williamsburg-area student wins nationwide poster contest educating kids on cybersecurity

A Williamsburg-James City County student recently won a nationwide poster contest that focuses on online safety.

Faith Stumpf, who recently graduated from the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy, was one of two Virginia students to place in the top 10 of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s 2023 “Kid’s Safe Online” national poster contest.

The center, which acts as the main cybersecurity resource for state, local, territorial and tribal governments in the U.S., each year holds a nationwide poster contest for grades K-12. Participants are encouraged to submit a poster that is visually engaging while also promoting cybersecurity safety for young people.

Stumpf won first place overall, while a student from Radford High School also placed in the top 10. In all, 18 elementary, junior and high school students from Virginia had posters submitted in the annual competition.

“Your participation in the contest serves as a model to all students in Virginia when it comes to sharing the message of cybersecurity, and the importance of staying safe while online,” Robert Osmond, chief information officer of the commonwealth, said in a news release.

Michael Watson, chief information security officer of the commonwealth, called the poster contest “a significant part of Virginia’s educational fabric.”

“(T)he students of today are our technology users and professionals of tomorrow,” Watson said. “Educating our students on how to protect themselves in a digital world is our collective responsibility; it’s up to each and every one of us to secure our technological future.”

To view the Virginia winners of the poster contest, visit www.vita.virginia.gov/information-security/cyber-awareness/kids-safe-online-poster-contest/.

Evelyn Davidson, evelyn.davidson@virginiamedia.com