Queens Vocational & Technical High School student Esteban Ansaldo beat over a thousand high school and college students to place in the Top 10 of the Cisco Networking Academy CCENT Netriders Competition held last week. The Netriders competition is an IT skills competition that showcases students’ networking skills in a theoretical and virtual hands on exam.
The CCENT competition was divided into 2 rounds. Round 1 with over a thousand students across the United States and Canada consisted of a 60 minute theoretical exam and a 60 minute packet tracer exam. Only 109 students across the region advanced and competed in round 2 on May 2. Esteban and a student from Chelsea CTE High School were the only two from the New York City public schools to advance into round 2. In the final round, Esteban ranked 6th place for the US/Canada Region competition.
It is an impressive ranking for an 11ith grade student, especially considering the fact that the Cisco program at Queens Voc is in its first year and will be graduating its first students with the associates level CCNA certification next year. But Esteban is an IT networking star. He competed in this year’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Networking concept competition and ranked First Place for New York State. He will be competing in the national competition June 29 in Nashville, Tennessee.