Iao School MATHCOUNTS team advances to state competition

Iao Intermediate School coach Lynette Zakabi (from left) is shown with Iao students Akila Iguchi, Ken Yamashiro, Anica Ancheta and Zach Kuraoka. Not pictured are assistant coaches Michael and Quinton Wong. The team took first-place team honors at its annual MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition Feb. 9 at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

The Maui Chapter of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers announced that the Iao Intermediate School team coached by Lynette Zakabi and assistant coaches Michael and Quinton Wong took first-place team honors at its annual MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition on Feb. 9 at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

The members of the winning team are Anica Anchetta, Akila Iguchi, Zach Kuraoka and Ken Yamashiro.

The team advanced to represent Maui at the State Competition at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus in Honolulu on Saturday.

The second-place team trophy was awarded to Maui Waena Intermediate School, coached by Angela Wigger. The third-place team trophy was awarded to Seabury Hall, coached by Bryan Molina.

The top five individuals were:

First place — Derek Takeno from Maui Waena Intermediate School; second place — Karissa Ginoza from Seabury Hall; third place — Kristian Roque from Seabury Hall; fourth place — Ken Yamashiro from Iao Intermediate School; and fifth place — Anna Galbreath from Lokelani Intermediate School. The two highest-ranked individual competitors not on the winning team also advanced to represent Maui at the state competition.

A total of seven schools participated this year in the local Chapter Competition: Iao Intermediate School, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, Haleakala Waldorf School, Lahaina Intermediate School, Lokelani Intermediate School, Maui Waena Intermediate School and Seabury Hall. Students participated in three rounds of exams for the top team and individual scores.

The top four individual high scorers from the state competition will advance to represent Hawaii at the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Championship in Orlando, Fla. May 11-14 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.

The MATHCOUNTS program is now in its 36th year of providing nationwide math enrichment programs designed to improve math skills among intermediate school students and at the same time show students that math can be fun.

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