Sun setting on the Class of 2015
It was a night to remember for the graduating class of 2015. On May 29, friends and family gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of each of these remarkable students. And with a Maui sun setting over the ocean, these nine graduates walked across the stage towards the next phase in their lives.
Salutatorian, Molie Glass and Valedictorian, Josh Ancheta, both gave heart-felt speeches to their fellow grads and Cheyne Magnusson, brother of Gina Marzo, spoke about how surfing is a metaphor for life and how when you inevitably wipe out “you can chose to resist it or dance with it.”
Guest Speaker, Cheyne Magnusson
Senior Class President, Allie Mosely, presented the school with a picture painted of all the states and each graduate’s thumbprint of where they will be attending college. Senior advisors, Ray Parnell and Keenan Reader awarded Gina Marzo with the well-deserved Faculty Merit Award. Danie Jefferies was the one Pueo Pilot recipient that graduated and each student was recognized for various awards and scholarships.
The senior class was accepted into 50 different universities and were offered over $1,475,000 worth of scholarship award money over 4 years. Maui Prep wishes each of these graduates the very best of luck. Come back and visit. A hui hou.
A hui ho
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 email@example.com, 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!
Or order your own iPueo Logo Hat, Shirt, Burrito Dinner or your own Custom Robot at: ipueo.myevent.com