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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Washington Middle School mathletes include Edward Requilman, left, Neopold Ko, Christine Ha, Kent Kiyama and Jason Cho. The group worked on a problem during practice after school on Wednesday at their McCully-Moiliili campus. Washington Middle for three straight years has come in first place in the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition, beating the likes of ‘Iolani and Punahou schools. “Our kids are the best. I give credit to them,” says coach Sung Park.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Coach Sung Park observed members of the math team during practice after school. Kenny Thai, Edward Requilman, Neopold Ko, Christine Ha, Kent Kiyama, and Jason Cho, clockwise from left, spend so much time training on campus that sometimes Park has to tell them, “Please go home.” The team’s talent also has captured the attention of top-notch schools, Park says: Graduating students are being recruited by ‘Iolani and Punahou, often on full scholarship, and sometimes face each other in high school math competitions.