Can I brag just a little bit on my oldest daughter? If you know her very well, you will know that she is very interested in computers and, specifically, computer security. On her own, she found a competition that allowed her to go through some video training modules and take a series of 3 tests. She ended up finishing first in the state. (Okay, well, technically she was the only participant from our state, but keep reading. It gets better.) She also finished 20th overall (out of over 600 participants) and she was the highest ranking female. Woot!
For her efforts, she was rewarded with this lovely trophy and a cash prize (Double woot!).
The downside is that she spent so much time on the competition that it put her behind in school. She hopes to finish up next week, though, and she learned a lot through the modules in the competition, so I think it was all worth it.
Note: The photo was edited to blur out her name and remove the name of the competition. She's into computer SECURITY, remember? :)