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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 in Orlando, Florida on May 11, 2012. The team will be led by Washington Middle School math coach Mr. Sung Park, whose team captured first place honors at the Oahu Chapter and Hawaii State competitions.

Photo caption: The Official Hawaii State MATHCOUNTS Team includes (left to right): David Chang and Jion Kato of Washington Middle School, Jesse Doan of Seabury Hall, Mark Klein of Punahou School, and Math Coach Mr. Sung Park of Washington Middle School. The students and their coach will participate in the National MATHCOUNTS Competition at the Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida on May 11, 2012.

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.

Full list of team places:
  • 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
Photo Credits: Edmund Chang, Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers

ABOUT HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY (HECO)

For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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