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Top middle school "mathletes" to represent Hawaiʻi at National MATHCOUNTS®


In a field of 38 competitors from middle schools across Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island, Minjae Seo and Felicity Zhou of Washington Middle along with Jared Lo of Punahou and Taylor Ann Agena of Highlands Intermediate excelled in both the written and oral portions of the State MATHCOUNTS® competition to emerge as the top "mathletes" during the half-day event held at Kamehameha Schools on March 10, 2018.

The top school, determined by individual team members' scores, was Washington Middle whose coach, Sung Park, will accompany all four students to the National MATHCOUNTS, May 12-15, 2018, in Washington, D.C. where they will represent Hawaiʻi. 2018 marks the eighth time Coach Park has led the Hawaiʻi MATHCOUNTS team.

Established in 1983, MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. During the events, student "mathletes" in grades 6, 7 and 8 compete in a series of timed rounds as individuals and as team members to demonstrate their math problem-solving, plus analytical and logical thinking skills.

In the written portion of the math competition, the top 10 students with the highest scores were (10th) Kyle Ching, ʻIolani; (9th) Remi Kuba, Punahou; (8th) Felicity Zhou, Washington Middle; (7th) Tamlyn Horiuchi, Highlands Intermediate; (6th) Noah Chung, Punahou; (5th), Jordan Wong, Washington Middle; (4th) Adam Inamasa, Washington Middle; (3rd) Taylor Ann Agena, Highlands Intermediate); (2nd) Jared Lo, Punahou; and in first place was Minjae Seo, Washington Middle.

In the oral competition, students have a maximum of 45 seconds to answer math questions without the use of a calculator. Agena placed fourth, Lo came in third with Zhou in second while Seo won first place, effectively qualifying them for the Hawaiʻi team.

Team awards also were handed to (8th) Seabury Hall, (7th) Waiakea Intermediate, (6th) Kamehameha Middle Schools, (5th) Highlands Intermediate, (4th) Kapolei Middle, (3rd) ʻIolani, (2nd) Punahou and (1st) Washington Middle.

For more than 30 years, Hawaiian Electric has been the presenting sponsor of the Oʻahu Chapter and State MATHCOUNTS competitions through a grant from the HEI Charitable Foundation to the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation (HSPEEF) which organizes both events with support from Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. HSPEEF is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide support for educational programs that will further opportunities for Hawaiʻi's future engineers.

photo: Bob Isler, Hawaiian Electric vice president-power supply, with the Hawaiʻi MATHCOUNTS® team: Coach Sung Park (Washington Middle), Taylor Ann Agena (Highlands Intermediate), Jared Lo (Punahou), Felicity Zhou and Minjae Seo (Washington Middle), and Barry Nakamoto of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation, which organizes the middle school math competition sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The students will represent Hawaiʻi in May at the National MATHCOUNTS in Washington, D.C. where they will compete for the title of National Champion in a field of 224 "mathletes" from across the nation.

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.


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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