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Hawaii students head to national MathCounts Competition

Waiakea Team (from left): Coach Arlene Cabalce, Ramsey Goodale, Felix Peng, Kylan Sakata, Ryuto Yamada, and Coach Michael McCumiskey. (Photo courtesy of MathCounts)


The Hawaii MathCounts Committee has announced the winners of the 29th Annual State MathCounts Competition held Saturday, March 3.

The top four students – David Chang and Jion Kato of Washington Middle School, Mark Klein of Punahou School and Jesse Doan of Seabury Hall – will now comprise the Official Hawaii State MathCounts team and represent Hawaii at the National Competition May 11 in Orlando, Fla.

The team will be led by Washington Middle School math coach Sung Park, whose team captured first place honors at the Oahu Chapter and Hawaii State competitions.

MathCounts is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.

Akin to a sports event, students must compete in a series of rounds designed to challenge their math skills, improve problem-solving abilities and sharpen logical thinking and analytic skills.Since 1984, Hawaiian Electric Company has proudly supported the MathCounts competitions in Hawaii which are organized by the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers and a steering committee.

The MathCounts program provides students with an opportunity to challenge their math skills and develop self-confidence, while inspiring them to pursue careers in math, science, technology and engineering.

Waiakea Intermediate School captured second place at the Hawaii State MathCounts Competition.

In addition, Honorable Mention Trophies were awarded to Ryan Touchet of Parker School and Junxian Pan of Kealakehe Intermediate School for their individual high scoring achievement.

Complete Results:

First: Washington Middle School
Second: Waiakea Intermediate School
Third: Punahou School
Fourth: Iolani School
Fifth: Kaimuki Middle School
Sixth: Seabury Hall
Seventh: Niu Valley Middle School
Eighth: Highlands Intermediate School

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