iPueo Headed to Kentucky for VexIQ World Championship

by Branden Hazlet, Technology on March 28, 2015

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Bailey, Ben and Teanu showing off their robots

The Maui Prep robotics team is calling itself the “iPueo” — a bit of wordplay incorporating their revered school mascot with the popularity of those ubiquitous little devices. They are a young team, comprised of twelve 6th and 7th graders, who have been intensely involved in robotics for the last three months along with their teacher and coach, Mr. Branden Hazlet, Director of Technology for Maui Prep. In this short time period, the students put in an astounding number of hours and grew in their knowledge of robotics construction and programming in stunning ways: the iPueo are now ranked 28th in Robot Driving Skills among the thousands of Middle School robotics teams across the world.

 This ‘newbie’ team went to the University of Hawaii Hilo Astronaut Onizuka Robotics Competition with the goal of building a little experience for next year’s robotics season. Surprising all, the team came out of that competition with a qualification for the State VexIQ Championships based on their First Place award for Robot Design and a Second Place finish in Robotics Programming! Going into the State Championships the team felt success was a ‘long shot for such a new team,’ but they prepared intensively and went to give it their best on Oahu in late February. The iPueo went in happy just for the chance to compete and learn from the more established teams, but they surprised all when they earned another First Place award for Robot Design, a third place finish in Robot Driver Skills and third in the Finalist Round. When all of the various scores and rankings were considered, the Maui Prep team was awarded the highest Middle School honor in the state, the Excellence Award, which qualified them for the World Championships! To say these students were ecstatic and stunned only begins to describe the range of emotions from jaw dropping awe to joy that crossed their faces as this award was announced (see photo below). They worked so hard for it, but they just never expected to take the State Title and qualify for World Competition at this  juncture in the team’s history.

Having achieved such rapid success has created a bit of a funding challenge for the students to take part in the opportunity to compete in the four-day VEX World Championships alongside teams from across the world. Fundraising is getting started to help send these students and their teacher on this trek to represent the excellent young minds of Hawaii. If you are interested in helping to send the iPueo team to this international event, please contact Branden Hazlet at bhazlet@mauiprep.org, via facebok.com/ipueo, or 808-665-9966.

 Buy your iPueo Logo Hat in the Maui Prep Tech Lab or the Office — many stylish color options — but limited number of hats!

iPueo gear

iPueo gear

 Or order your own iPueo Logo Hat, Shirt, Burrito Dinner or your own Custom Robot at: ipueo.myevent.com !

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Nolan Lehman Recognized as Sports Spotlight Student-Athlete of the Week

by Keenan Reader, Athletic Director and College Counselor on March 2, 2015

Sophomore - Nolan Lehman

Sophomore – Nolan Lehman

Although only a sophomore, Nolan Lehman was recognized by Alexander and Baldwin, Inc. for his prowess as a Pueo student-athlete and was recently named the Sports Spotlight Student Athlete of the Week. Recipients of this honor are recognized by their school as being all-around student-athletes. Having a reputation for being hard-working, coachable, and a team player, Nolan is a standout for the Pueo in both cross-country and swimming. Truly a model Pueo, these attributes also carry over to the classroom where Nolan consistently appears on the Maui Prep Honor Roll.

On the lessons Nolan has learned from being a student-athlete, he says, “being an athlete has taught me discipline and commitment are important if I want to achieve the high goals that I have set for myself. It has taught me to be a team player and encourage others to try hard as well.” In addition to athletics, Nolan is a Life Boy Scout with St. Anthony troop 49 and enjoys kiteboarding and dirt biking. He hopes to attend the Air Force Academy and become an anesthesiologist.  Nolan is the son of Scott and Eileen Lehman.

Congratulations Nolan and we look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the future!

Maui Prep Sports Spotlight Recipients - Sophia Johnston and Nolan Lehman

Maui Prep Sports Spotlight Recipients – Sophia Johnston and Nolan Lehman

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Jefferies Finishes Historic Swimming Career as a Pueo

February 23, 2015

This past weekend, Maui Prep senior, Danie Jefferies, finished her historic career as a student-athlete for the Pueo at the HHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships (states) at Central Oahu Regional Park on Oahu. Danie finished 5th in the 100 yd. butterfly and 4th in the 100 yd. breaststroke.  A standout on the Pueo swim team [...]

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The Accolades Continue For Sophia!

February 14, 2015

It’s already been quite a year for Maui Prep sophomore Sophia Johnston. This past fall, Johnston ran her way to an MIL Championship in cross-country, the school’s first ever gold medal in the sport. She followed that up a few weeks later with 14th place finish at the HHSAA State Championships on Oahu leading her [...]

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Science Olympiad Teams Earn Top Honors

February 6, 2015

  This past Saturday, Maui Preparatory’s Science Olympiad Middle and Upper School teams once again earned top honors. Both teams walked away with first place trophies, numerous medals, and the Upper School team won the coveted Mayor’s Trophy. Middle School coach, Carrie DeMott and Upper School coach, Nathan Bulat, were each awarded with the “Coaching [...]

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Pueo Paddlers Finish Season Strong

February 2, 2015

The Pueo JV and Varsity Paddlers on Maui Prep’s Outrigger Canoe Paddling team just concluded their season. The Pueo had a great finish and placed 6th overall in the varsity mixed division at the MIL Championships. The team battled headwinds winds on the outside lane but still recorded a record time for the season, covering [...]

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Maui Prep Introduces Summer Academy

February 2, 2015

Maui Prep Summer Academy is excited to introduce two three-week Summer Boarding sessions (2015 dates: June 21-July 10 and July 12-July 31).  These sessions feature intensive elective experiences in marine science, Hawaii ocean sports (surfing, paddling, outrigger canoeing), and English language learning. In addition, participants can also choose courses in scuba certification, studio art, TOEFL, [...]

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A Season of Giving

December 17, 2014

With the help of generous community partners, Maui Preparatory Academy’s Project Give-a-Gift delivered Christmas joy to dozens of children in Child Protective Services on the island of Molokai. Volunteers from Maui Prep, the Will Smith Foundation, Better Together Photography, Goodfellow Brothers and a generous donation from the Lahaina Grill made it all possible for these [...]

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NHS, NAHS and Interact Rotary Members Inducted

December 8, 2014

Members of the Interact Rotary Club, National Art Honor Society and National Honor Society were inducted in a recent ceremony. Parents and students attended a potluck dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of their student and those of their child’s peers. The Interact Rotary Club is a club that stresses the importance of community service and the [...]

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Girls’ Cross Country Wins Second Place at State Championships!

November 4, 2014

Congratulations to the girls’ cross country team for placing second among Division two schools at the November 1 HHSAA State Cross-Country meet held on Oahu. Each athlete ran a great race and Maui Prep’s own MIL champion, Sophia Johnston (so.), finished 14th out of the 199 qualifiers with a time of 19:44:95.  Both Corey Patton-Losner [...]

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Maui Prep’s First MIL Cross-Country Champion

October 29, 2014

  Maui Prep boasts another MIL champ. Sophomore, Sophia Johnston was crowned the Girls’ Cross-Country MIL Champion last Saturday at Keopuolani Park in Wailuku.  She finished the 5K race almost 30 seconds ahead of the next competitor with a time of 19:54.38 and came in with a strong finish. Sophia enrolled in Maui Prep last [...]

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Can I Please Have Your Atomic Number?

October 6, 2014

Maui Preparatory Academy’s iSci (Integrated Science) students recently spent some time researching a chemist and ‘became’ that chemist through costume and character. Then through a ‘speed dating’ type format they had four minutes to see if they connected with each of the other chemists. The students portrayed early thinkers like Aristotle, alchemists of the 1500′s, and crazy-haired [...]

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