Boys Town Jerusalem High School students Meir Ben David, Daniel Avraham and Shaul Cohen scored a fifth place win in Israel’s first “IT Communications Networks” Championship Competition, held under the joint auspices of the Cisco Networking Academy and the Israeli Ministry of Education. At the first stage of the competition, the Boys Town Jerusalem team competed against 278 students from across the nation. As finalists, they went up against the 60 top students from twenty schools in a championship match held at Cisco Networking Academy headquarters in Netanya.
According to Shlomo Saruk, director of Boys Town Jerusalem’s Cisco program, the competition covered a range of Internet Technology skills that tested the students’ prowess in the configuration and firewall of networking devices using complication access control list and advance features. In short, communications and network security skills that will prove essential to future IT experts in the IDF and the realm of high-tech development.
“The competition was quite challenging in that we needed to apply knowledge from everything we’ve studied over the past two years in order to fulfill the various missions,” twelfth grader Meir Ben David explained. “But beyond the actual testing, it was quite an experience to be sitting in Cisco Headquarters for the first time. Our competitors were students from the entire spectrum of Israeli life – Arabs, Russians, French, religious and secular boys and girls. We were quite proud to be representing Boys Town Jerusalem.”
The three BTJ team members praised instructor Shlomo Seruk for “always being at our side to teach, help, and encourage us.” In 2000, Seruk inaugurated the Boys Town Jerusalem Cisco Network Management Program , the very first high school center in Israel to teach the intensive two-year curriculum that prepares students for a career in building and maintaining sophisticated computer networks. Since that time, nearly 200 BTJ graduates have acquired the cutting-edge skills in Cisco networking to assume top positions in the Israeli Army and hi-tech sector.
“I’m hoping to qualify for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNN) certification in the near future and to hone my communications network skills when I enlist in the IDF,” eighteen-year-old Meir said. “It’s great to have a head start in life that will benefit myself and others.”