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Amanda Tuttle

A Maui teenager will “double graduate” from Kīhei Charter School and the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College in May. For the past two years, Amanda Tuttle has been taking a minimum of 14 college credits per semester while also completing her high school classes and projects.

“My parents steered me towards STEM when I was in middle school,” Tuttle said. “Since then, I’ve been very interested, specifically, in robotics and engineering.”

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She joined an all-female VEX Robotics team (VEX is a robotics program for students) and over the course of two years, built small robots for competitions with teams from across the country.

“During that time, I focused on both the hardware and software sides of robotics,” Tuttle said. “And I found a genuine passion in the sport, itself.”

According to the UH Maui College Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Program Coordinator Elisabeth Dubuit, Tuttle was an exemplary student.

“I never heard her complain about the amount of work, or ask for extra time to turn in her assignments, or even come late to class,” Debuit said.

After her “double graduation,” Tuttle plans to pursue a four-year engineering degree.

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