You’re Invited: MST Research Symposium ’23

You are cordially invited to our 16th annual MST Symposium on Wednesday, May 24th, at Camas High School. Our 9th, 10th, and 12th graders have spent considerable hours on their research this year and would love to show you what they’ve accomplished. The first hour (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) will be an informal showcase and poster fair in the Main Commons with light refreshments and some musical entertainment from some of our students. The second hour (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm) will be in the Theater, with a senior panel sharing about their high school experiences, some presentations from seniors and a sophomore group, and awards. We know life is busy right now, so please feel free to join us for part of the evening if you can’t stay the full two hours.

We look forward to seeing you at Camas High School on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023. Please join us in celebrating their work!

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Frawley’s “Spring” Takes First Place at OCS!

More congratulations are in order for CHS/MST senior Paige Frawley who was recognized last weekend in the Oregon Ceramic Showcase at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Out of 22 local high schools represented and the work of dozens of students on display in the exhibition, Paige took home 1st place honors for her “Spring” sculpture! Congrats to Paige on her award-winning sculpture that she’s also submitting as part of her AP 3D art portfolio.

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CHS/MST Alumna Abby Jiang (’19) Update

Class of 2019 graduate Abby Jiang recently checked in with us to share a life update on her post-high school happenings. Here’s what she had to say:

“After I complete my undergrad at Caltech this June, I will be headed to Harvard for my PhD in Applied Physics, fully funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation!! Here’s the research group I’ll be joining: I am super excited for this next step in my journey …  I truly would not have found my passion for research if it were not for the program’s opportunities and all of the amazing students and staff who are a part of it …”

Thank you, Abby. And congratulations on your impending graduation and the beginning of your PhD journey at Harvard!

Abby Jiang at the Materials Research Society spring meeting in San Francisco this month.

Abby Jiang hard at work doing resarch as part of the See Group at Caltech, where she’s been working on next-generation battery materials over the past year.

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MST Sr. Paige Frawley Earns Regional Artist Award

On March 22, ESD 112 rolled out the virtual red carpet for the 2023 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show. Featuring an introduction by ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Superintendent Chris Reykdal this year’s virtual presentation features all of the award-winning pieces, and the opportunity to hear from some of the participating student artists. CHS/MST senior Paige Frawley was among those honored for her work in ceramics! Congrats, Paige!

“Student participants demonstrated exceptional skill, originality, and emotion in their work,” said Tim Merlino, superintendent of ESD 112. “The Regional High School Art Show is a testament to the fact that art and creative expression are instrumental in the education and development of young people.”

Winners of the Regional Awards will compete against entries from around Washington State in the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Art Show, celebrating 50 years of the annual student art competition, taking place on May 30 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

All student artists who were recognized with an award in this year’s Art Show also received scholarships from the Department of Art + Design at Central Washington University, and/or Pacific Northwest College of Art.

We hope you enjoy this year’s virtual awards presentation, and check out the online gallery featuring all of the artwork submitted to this year’s Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show at

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Sophomore Magnetos Earn NCWIT AiC Distinction

Congratulations to Cheryl Li and Jenny Wang who are 2023 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) award recipients! Li and Wang were individually selected and honored from more than 3,300 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. overseas military bases, and Canada. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 22,000 students have received an Award for AiC. Congrats, Cheryl and Jenny!

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MST Students Shine at 2023 SWWA SEF!

MST students presented their research online at the Southwest Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 4, bringing home numerous awards. Freshmen Zaina Abu Hweij, Mithil Krishnan, and Shangqiu Li presented their research on designing a more efficient bird detection algorithm for crop protection, placing first in category and winning awards from National Geographic, US Agency for International Development, and the United States Air Force. Freshmen Akhila Pattamatta and Sophie Zhang researched the impact of salt on our ecosystem and the best methods for mitigating it, earning second place in category and awards from the Association for Women Geosciences, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Metric Association, and the US Stockholm Junior Water prize. Sophomores Hyacinth Cook and Yuna Lee won second place in category for their research on the effects of fire retardants on abiotic factors in the ecosystem. They also won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Stockholm Junior Water prize. Sophomores Alexandria McNutt and Jenny Wang won first place in category for their researching into the viability of the Tesla turbine for generating electricity and were selected to represent our region (all expenses paid for by SEF) at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas, in May. They also won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, Ricoh, USA, Inc., and the United States Air Force. Full overview of all awards here: Camas SEF Awards

Way to go students! You make us proud.

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CHS/MST Jr. Madi Williams is State Champ!

Congrats to Madi Williams and CHS gymnastics for a stellar performance at State on Friday. Williams earned the title of all around 4A State Champ while the CHS team took second! As reported in the Columbian, “No individual was better than Williams across all four events. In her first full season of high school competition after mainly focusing on club gymnastics, the junior had an all-around score of 37.300. That was 0.100 points ahead of Woodinville’s Emily Brouwers.” Way to go, Madi!

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MST Info Night Presentation 2023

Thank you to those who were able to make it to last night’s Zoom Info Night Webinar for the CHS MST Magnet Program. If you were unable to make it and/or you’d like to review the presentation, see below for a recording of the event: MST Info Night, Tuesday, 2/21/23, 6:30-7:30

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MST Magnet Info Night Tuesday, 2/21

We’d like to invite current 8th grade parents, guardians, and students to an informational Zoom webinar about the Camas High School MST Magnet program that’s scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm:

During the meeting, you’ll hear from MST students and staff about the application process and the unique characteristics of our program and its students. You will also have the option of asking questions in real time via the chat that will be answered by MST staff as they are asked.

For more information about the program prior to the meeting, please visit our website to review the admissions timeline, application process, sample schedules, etc. CHS MST Magnet Program Website

If after reviewing the website you have questions ahead of the informational meeting, please feel free to contact Tom Morris or Sam Greene at Camas High School.


The CHS/MST Staff

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MST Jr. Madi Williams: Athlete of the Week

CHS/MST junior Madi Williams recently edged out the competition to be named this past week’s Columbian high school Athlete of the Week. Williams received 559 of the 1,706 votes cast, besting out Ridgefield swimmer Lincoln Swift by just three votes. Congratulations, Madi!

We are frequently asked whether being in our program prohibits or impedes students from being involved in other activities, like varsity sports, etc. The answer is an emphatic, “No!” Our students are highly diverse in their interests and aptitudes, as evidenced by Madi’s commitment and success in gymnastics and being a highly successful MST student. You go, Madi!

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