iPueo Robotics has Intense Season

by Branden Hazlet, Technology on March 24, 2017

Teacher and coach, Mr. Hazlet, with 8th grade team members, Ben and Teanu.

Teacher and coach, Mr. Hazlet, with 8th-grade team members, Ben and Teanu.

The iPueo Robotics Team had an intense and awesome season running their 6 robots through hundreds of matches at 8 different tournaments across the Hawaiian Islands.

In the Maui County league, the team took 6 of the top 10 rankings, including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th, across middle and elementary school rankings. The team earned scores to qualify 4 robots to go to the State Championships and 3 robots to go to the National Championships. At states, with 82 robots competing, the iPueo had 4 finishes in the top 10 for robot operations and programming.

Nationals are in April 2017, and they are working toward placing two robots in the top 20 rankings for the country.

Some of the 2017 iPueo Robotics Team.

Some of the 2017 iPueo Robotics Team.

Being part of the iPueo Robotics Team is an amazing way for students to grow in a wide variety of ways — participating in robotics takes creative thinking mixed with analytic thinking, cooperative teamwork mixed with competitive sportsmanship, focused quiet work mixed with fast thinking at loud and energetic tournaments.

Students develop their ability to work through complex mental puzzles in designing, programming or troubleshooting their robots, but they also a lot of hands-on work through the engineering cycle of building, testing and rebuilding robots. Robotics is so much more than people understand, the creativity, craftsmanship, strategic planning and communications skills are all used in balance with the tremendous fun and motivation working with robotics teams from across the state, nation, and world to challenge ourselves to do our best.

Click here to read the great article in The Lahaina News about the iPueo Robotics Team.

Team Captain: 
Jerone Samari
Robot Operators, Engineers, and Programmers:
Eli Hazlet (2)
Tenzin Chogyal (4)
Renner Chumley (4)
Luna Partridge (5)
Bishop Worth (5)
Lukka Boote (5)
Andrew Nguyen  (6)
Dylan Falk  (7)
Jimmy Falk (7)
Caleb Chumley (7)
Benett Bluh (7)
Jacob Jerome (7)
Teanu Rodriguez-Furtado (8)
Ben Zeigler (8)
Levi Tinkler (8)
Brady Golden (8)
Andrew Singh (8)

Maui Prep Boasts HHSAA Champion

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on March 12, 2017

Several weeks ago, a student at Maui Prep came home a champion. Junior, Kysha Altura became the HHSAA state champ in both the 100 Fly and the 200 Free during the K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving Championship at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Oahu.

Kysha and the fly Photo credit: The Maui News, Krystle Marcellus

Kysha and the fly
Photo credit: The Maui News, Krystle Marcellus

Altura swam the 1oo butterfly in 56.39, beating Lahainaluna’s Lexie Anderson by 1/100th (click here for video) of a second and swam the 200 freestyle in 1:50.92.

“We’re so proud of Kysha and her accomplishments. The physical and mental stamina she has displayed this season have been a real example to some of our younger athletes. With her latest accomplishments at the State Championships, Kysha becomes the most decorated student-athlete in Maui Prep history,” states Coach Mike Ritter.

Altura also had the honor of being named MIL female swimmer of the year by The Maui News.

“There’s a lot of competition this year, a lot of fast freshmen and I was kind of scared, but I was glad when I heard about it,” Altura said of the MIL honor.

Behind every great swimmer, there is also a great coach and Mike “Tex” Ritter was chosen as the MIL Coach of the Year. An honor that was earned over and over by all the hours and days that Ritter put into each of his athletes.


Coach Mike Ritter with some of his swimmers.

“Mike is our longest serving coach in Maui Prep history. He has built our swim program from scratch. His continued hard work and dedication was recognized by the other MIL coaches as they voted for him for this award,” comments Maui Prep Principal Ryan Kirkham.

Also congratulations to Coleman Kingwell who was voted Boys First Team All-Star. Jessie Kingwell and Irie Gonah were voted Girls Second Team. And Honorable Mentions to: Sophia Johnston, Danielle Bergson, Rebecca Geng, Nolan Lehman, Jonah Bluh, Zac Giles, and Jerone Samari.

Maui Prep Elite School in Japan Wizards Competition

March 5, 2017

On February 25, six Maui Prep kids participated in the annual Japan Wizards Competition on Oahu. This statewide competition is sponsored by JASH (the Japan America Society of Hawaii) and features high schoolers from all over the state coming together to answer questions about Japanese language, culture, history, and much more. Around 45 teams from [...]

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Maui Prep Lower School Presents School House Rock Live!

February 27, 2017

Maui Preparatory Academy’s Lower School Drama Club proudly delivers a vibrant production of School House Rock Live! The show begins at 7:00 p.m., March 3 and 4, 2017 at the Kumulani Chapel (The Barn) in Kapalua. Based on the Emmy-award winning cartoon series by Scott Ferguson, the story follows a nervous schoolteacher who tries to [...]

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February 16, 2017

Maui Preparatory Academy, West Maui’s only private and secular preschool – 12th grade college preparatory program, has several important announcements to share with the community about the upcoming 2017/2018 School Year. First, Maui Preparatory Academy announces the reconstitution of its early childhood program into the Early Childhood Discovery Center (ECDC). The ECDC, which includes preschool [...]

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Carnival – Maui Style!

February 12, 2017

Did you attend Maui Preparatory Academy’s Winter Gala Carnival? If you didn’t, you missed out on the party of the year! The Gala is one of the school’s premier fundraising and “friend-raising” events held each year to raise funds benefiting Maui Prep’s financial aid and scholarship fund. This is an important event for the school [...]

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Maui Prep Brings Home The Hardware

February 5, 2017

Maui Prep students take home the gold…and the silver and the bronze…in multiple events. The Science Olympiad competed in the regional championships on Saturday, February 4, at the University of Hawaii Maui College, and the Middle School team took first place, which sends them off to States! Several medals were also won by our Upper [...]

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The Life and Times of 2029

January 29, 2017

We (Maui Prep Kindergarten Class of 2029) have had various learning experiences this school year to help us gain an understanding of the possible professions that are available on Maui. We began by having a visitor from the Hawai`i Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers come to our classroom, who introduced us to the different [...]

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Maui Prep Welcomes Sacred Hearts 8th-Grade Class

January 22, 2017

Maui Prep hosted some very special guests on our campus last week: the 8th-grade class from Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina. These fifteen students are in the process of determining their ideal location to spend their high school years. During their visit to Maui Prep, they met with the school’s administration and faculty, toured various [...]

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Maui Prep Winter Gala

January 9, 2017

Each year, Maui Preparatory Academy hosts an event in an effort to help raise funds for the financial aid program. Last year, the committee decided to spice things up a bit and change the “ball” into a “gala,” and what a gala it was! Maui Prep family and friends celebrated the school’s 10th Anniversary in [...]

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An Immersive Marine Science Education Experience

December 11, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy is proud to announce a new educational arm of the school: The Moana Institute. The Moana Institute caters to a global audience and leverages Maui’s beautiful and varied ecosystems to provide “hands-on, feet-wet” learning experiences for students interested in marine science and marine studies. In short, we make Maui our classroom. The Moana [...]

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Learning Outside of the Classroom

December 4, 2016

Hands-on activities are an important part of learning, particularly in science. Ms. DeMott and her science classes have had several opportunities in the last few weeks to put that learning into practice. Ms. DeMott teaches several different science classes, among those, 8th-grade Physical Science,  and 11/12 grade Environmental Science. Learning about and participating in the [...]

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