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Washington Middle wins MATHCOUNTS competition for second straight year

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:46 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2012

Washington Middle School has won the MATHCOUNTS Hawaii State Competition for the second year in a row. 

Washington Middle’s math team beat out seven other teams in the state competition recently held at Iolani School. Waiakea Intermediate School ranked second, following by Punahou School and Iolani School.

Thirty-seven students also competed in the individual competition during the event vying for the top four spots to represent Hawaii in the national competition in Orlando. Two Washington Middle students, David Chang and Jion Kato, as well as Punahou student Mark Klein and Seabury Hall student Jesse Doan will travel to Orlando to represent Hawaii in the national competition on May 11. 

The Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers sponsors MATHCOUNTS chapter competitions on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii island and Kauai as well as the annual state competition. The society helps with travel and lodging expenses for Hawaii students, according to Ed Chang, member of the Hawaii MATHCOUNTS steering committee.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. For more information, go to

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