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Robotics: 19 Hawaii Teams Heading for World Championship
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State VEX Champions

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State VEX Tournament Champions headed to VEX Worlds

News Release from Hawaiian Electric, 1/22/2018

HONOLULU, Jan. 22, 2018 - Nineteen (19) robotics teams from across Hawaii achieved significant scores and demonstrated exceptional skill and performance at the Hawaiian Electric Companies Hawaii State VEX Championships held Jan. 13-14 at Kamehameha Schools. The teams now have their shot for a win at the VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky this April.

In the middle and high school competition, Team 359A from Waialua High & Intermediate, Team 394A from Highlands Intermediate and Team 1973B from Mililani High were named the Tournament Champions. Team 394B from Highlands Intermediate and Team 359X from Waialua High & Intermediate each earned Excellence Awards in their grade categories. All five teams are now qualified to compete at the VEX Worlds.

In the middle school competition, the all-girl Team 2437B from Sacred Hearts Academy and Team 434M from Molokai Middle School earned the Teamwork Champion Award with second place honors going to Molokai Middle School Team 434K and Sacred Hearts Academy Team 2437A, which also earned the Robot Skills Champion Award and Design Award.

The middle school Excellence Award was won by Team 11173C Cornerstone Engineering Robotics of Mililani. Saint Louis School Team 4270A won the STEM Research Project Award. All six teams will advance to the VEX Worlds.

In the elementary school competition, Team 1037C from Kualapuu School and Team 10142A of Manoa Elementary were named the Teamwork Champions, with second place honors going to Huakailani School for Girls Team 146H and Hawaii Technology Academy Team 1234B, which also earned the Amaze Award.

The elementary school Excellence Award was won by Manoa Elementary Team 10142Y, Sacred Hearts Academy Team 2436B won the Robot Skills Champion Award, while Manoa Elementary Team 10142Z took the STEM Research Project Award.

In only their second year of competition, Ewa Beach Elementary School Team 96706A won the Design Award, which qualifies the team for a place at the VEX Worlds.

For details on all the awards given at the three events, visit

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