Punahou students represent Hawaii in national academic competition
Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Brandon Kurisu, and Ray Tadaki with emcee Joel Weaver
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
288 Hawaii high school students met in a battle of wits to represent the Aloha State at the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council's (PAAC) Academic WorldQuest Competition. Coming in first place and now holding the torch for Hawaii were four Punahou students.
Michael Chen, Jed Johnson, Yun Chang, and Max Aalto are now heading to Washington D.C. to face off against some of the nation's brightest students.
To get to the National Stage, the four boys answered a total of 60 questions covering the following topics: Africa Rising; Asia & the New Global Economy; Combating Human Trafficking; Current Events; Russia/Eurasia; and Youth, Jobs & Social Unrest.
Now the four Punahou Buff n' Blue will prepare for the next round in Washington D.C. where they will answer newer more difficult questions on the same topics. The national competition will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 in the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in the nation's capital.
The 2nd place trophy in the Hawaii state competition went to Kealakehe and third place was captured by Mid Pacific Institute.