Year 12 student, Tim Copeland, recently won a prestigious online Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competition that pits computer tech students from all over the world against each other. Tim was the only student from BSSC to progress to this round and competed against 550 students from across the Asia-Pacific region.

The NetRiders competition seeks to simulate the high-stress, competitive environment that future work environments are expected to present for the computer tech industry.

The aim of the competition is not only to win, but to demonstrate skills to peers, to build interactive networking skills and, perhaps most importantly, as Tim explained, “It basically alerts employers to how good you are.”

Once Tim has completed Year 12 he hopes to study at Melbourne University—the uni he judges to have the algorithmics and computer science subjects he is particularly interested in. And after that?

“I would really like to work for the Government which could include working in defence, maybe testing the security of significant servers—roles like that.”

Tim’s win includes a voucher to pay for the professional CCENT exam—which usually costs around $200—that will provide him with an industry-standard, internationally-recognised acknowledgement of his excellence in this field.

Congratulations, Tim!