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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An Attitude of Gratitude

The community that we live and work in has provided tireless support and care for us always. Here are some highlights from the last month or so, particularly the last couple of days, that express that collective care, work, and support in action, including our recent overnighter, our December Mini-Symposium attended by 15 alumni, and this morning’s fabulous breakfast celebration. We each have so much to be grateful for as we prepare to head off for a much needed break and a bountiful conclusion to 2022. Thank you and Cheers!

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2022 December to Remember Grad Panel

Each December our freshmen and sophomore students present their 1st semester project study progress to a panel of staff and program graduates. It’s one of the highlights of our year, as graduates returning home from college, grad school, work, get to spend time with family and friends and also reconnect with our program and help give feedback. After formal presentations from the students, our grads participate in a panel where they share their post-high school experience with us. This is one of the three panels that took place in our three presentation rooms. If you watch the video of the grad panel, be sure to turn on the auto-generated subtitles to help you “hear” what they’re saying.

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Senior Symposium 2022

On December 12th, 2022, the Magnet senior class presented their summer internship work and projects to the Camas School District school board and community at the Zellerbach Administration Center. After the poster fair, staff, students, and community convened for the regular school board meeting to hear formal presentations of internships by seniors Aiden Stewart and Taylor Redmond.

Mr. Stewart collaborated with Portland State University, Travis Kregear, and Lori Shaaban to develop a program for teaching physics concepts in high school classrooms and other arenas. His abstract goes into further detail on this process: “A quarter of high school students take physics; however with so many complex concepts in that class many struggle to keep up with the workload. One such concept is the center of mass of objects which has a multitude of solutions. By combining earlier research on the center of mass and new advancements in technology, I have been able to create a program that addresses the center of mass problem and more. Currently, my program tracks the center of mass of an individual in real-time as well as the angular velocity of an arm with hopes to add extra features further down the line. For now, my program is being used in the classroom and is easily accessible. While additions and refinements certainly can be made to this program, it is currently ready for use.” Poster: Application of Physics Principles in Technology

Ms. Redmond conducted an internship at the Orca Behavior Institute and Salish Sea School in the San Juan Islands. Her experience was the result of a life-long interest in orcas and multiple years of study in the field and region. Here’s her abstract: “In recent years the Bigg’s orca population has increased their presence in the Salish Sea, waterways that often have increased vessel presence which can pose a threat to this growing population of orca. Through using collected data points from the past few years, I sorted through locations of sightings to see if individual matrilines truly have tendencies in their travel patterns. Poster: Matrilineal Tendencies in Orcinus Orca

Congratulations, seniors, on completing your internships and moving one step closer to graduation!


Mr. Greene and the MST Staff

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MST Sr. Joy Young Spreads Wings in Research

Big news for CHS/MST senior Joy Young, whose work was recently recognized in the Columbian. Here’s an overview of the journey she took through this multi-year intership. Check it out:

During her junior year at CHS in 2021, Joy was accepted by the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as a research intern for the summer of 2021 under the guidance of research scientist Dr. Linda Shi and Professor Michael Berns. Berns is particularly noted for his work as a biomedical laser pioneer. Young was accepted back in the summer of 2022 as a team leader, allowing her to further enrich her technical skills and leadership capabilities while continuing her work.

Ms. Young’s work at UCSD resulted in multiple presentations at professional conferences and authorship credits in which she is working towards publications, some of which are catalogued below, others are pending:

Congratulations to Joy on her fruitful, multi-year internship where she put her experience from the MST Magnet program to work. Cheers!

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BWSI Fall Program for Girls

Passing on some info about an upcoming program being offered by MIT to sophomore and junior girls. Who’s in?

“We are excited to announce the BWSI Fall Program (virtual) for 11th Grade female students starting in October. The program is completely free, all students need are laptops and wifi to be a part of the program. If a student does not have a laptop they can reach out to us for a loaner so make sure that doesn’t stop anyone from signing up.

We are offering the following programs:

  • Girls Who Program Autonomous Cars
  • Girls Who Design, Build and Fly Model Aircraft
  • Girls Who Want to Learn Many Interesting Things
  • Girls Who Program Cognitive Assistants
  • Girls Who Analyze the Building Blocks of Life

WHO: High School 11th Grade Female Students (10th grade students can apply as well)
WHEN: Saturdays 11am-2pm (EST): October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 2022
WHERE: Virtually, through Zoom!

The attached brochure has more information on what each course will be offering.  We would love it if you could share with your students.

Must fill out application link to be considered, the application is very quick. Students must sign up by September 30, 2022.”

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CHS Announces 2022 National Merit Semifinalists

Camas High School recently received notification of this year’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This program “honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability.” Congrats to the three CHS students (all three MST Magnetos) honored with this distinction:  Gannon Albertsen, Minwoo Dang, and Steven Wu … Bravo!

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NCSSS 2022 Virtual College Fair

As a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, the CHS MST Program is pleased to invite our students and their parents to the NCSSS Virtual College Fair from 5 – 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 13. It might be a little tough to attend since the EDT time overlaps with our school day, but I wanted to make sure you at least had the info. Register by clicking here.

Invited NCSSS Member colleges include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Kansas State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Purdue University – College of Engineering
  • Randolph College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Syracuse University
  • Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Saint Louis University
  • Smith College
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • University of Miami
  • University of Tampa
  • Washington University in St. Louis

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Welcome to the 2022 School Year!

Things are off to a running start at CHS and in the MST Magnet Program. It was fantastic being back together during our annual freshman MST orientation that was held on 8/24 from 330-545pm at CHS. There was much laughter and hijinx as our newest students, staff, and upperclassmen played ice breakers, collected passport stamps in a tour of the school, and competed in the annual Magnet Olympics. Congratulations to this year’s winners of the games. Their names will be inscribed on our trophy and preserved for posterity for years to come. The winners are Kevin H., Rafa L., David L., Thatcher M., and Akhila P.

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We’re Back! MST Symposium 2022

What a pleasure it was, indeed, to see all four grades of our program back together last night, May 25th, for our 15th annual MST Research Symposium. Students presented their work informally in the CHS Main Commons before migrating into the theater for formal presentations, awards, and a musical performance by the graduating seniors. Speaking of which, we offer a hearty congratulations to the Class of 2022 and best wishes to them on the next phase of their journey! We will miss you!

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