MST 2020 Admissions Timeline Updated

See below for important dates in the 2020 admissions cycle.  For more info on specific requirements, please visit our Admissions Portal.

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2019 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.

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Senior Symposium 2019

On December 9th, 2019, 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 Rhianna Fitzgerald and Odessa Thompson.

Ms. Fitzgerald completed a mechanical engineering internship this past summer at Hewlett Packard where she researched the efficacy of printer friction pads. In her own words, “The purpose of this experiment was to assess the success of different friction pads at preventing separation events while not causing ‘no picks’. I researched the average coefficient of friction (COF) for each of the friction pads and determined which friction pad would be most beneficial to HP.” A more comprehensive summary of her work can be found here: Pick Friction Pad Testing

Ms. Thompson conducted her primary internship through a residency at the BeaverWorks Summer Institute at MIT in Boston. Over the course of her four week stay at MIT she learned about some of the latest advances in machine learning and worked with her team to develop a “big data” model to identify individuals with either a high or low risk of Opioid Use Disorder. See her research synopsis here: Using Data Science to Predict Opioid Use Disorder

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


Mr. Greene

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Magneto Twins Dance!

CHS/MST juniors Joey and Tyler Stanley have diverse interests and talents. When they’re not working hard and excelling in their studies here at CHS, they might be found fly fishing the streams and lakes of Southwest Washington, or working towards obtaining a pilot’s license, or even dancing the lead in an upcoming Portland ballet. Read all about the journey of the dancing brothers here: Camas twins share lead role in ballet ‘Petrushka’

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NYSF Summer Camp Opportunity

The National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF), Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983 to provide STEM*-focused programs for students from all across the country and around the world. The NYSF’s flagship program, the National Youth Science Camp, is a four week session in the mountains of West Virginia that combines some of the brightest students in the country with top-notch scientists for lectures and outdoor adventures. Many students return later in their own STEM careers as guest presenters and perpetuate the traditions of the camp.

APPLICATIONS to attend the 2020 NYSCamp opened on November 1, 2019. The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2020. To be selected, you must be a graduating high school senior in the United States (Two each from every state and Washington, D.C.) and students 16-18 years of age in selected other countries (see below). The 2019 NYSCamp will be held from  June 22 to July 15, 2020; you must be able to attend the entire program – no exceptions.

To apply for this program, visit this link: For more information about the program, please visit the NYSCamp’s web site at More information about the organization that raises support for NYSCamp, the National Youth Science Foundation, visit

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Thank You for Your Service, Veterans!

Thank you for your service, veterans! A quick shout out to our CHS/MST grads who are either in the service or who have served:

US Army: Camille R. (14), Nathan C. (17), Riley H. (14)
US Navy: PJ B. (12), Noah W. (13)
US Air Force: Jimmy C. (12), Jeffrey F. (17)

See where they and our other graduates have studied here: MST Graduate College Map

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Magneto Athletes Excel in Fall Sports

Lots of Magnetos in the news this past week celebrating District titles in tennis, Soccer Senior Night at Doc Harris, and even a grad playing football at WSU who was captured on a recent HBO special on the Cougs.  These are just a few of the many student athletes in our program who are proud to call themselves Papermaker athletes and Magnetos. Who says Magnet kids can’t play sports!?!? Clockwise from top left: Aanya Friedman, Akash Prasad and Shiva Narayanan, Friedman and family, Elizabeth Parker, Andrew Boyle (CHS/MST ’19), Parker and family.

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Top Economists Recognize the Value of Humanities

We are often asked why we include English as a core component in our MST Magnet curricula at the freshman and sophomore level. Simply put, these courses are the backdrop and context for the work we do on essential soft skills that allow students to practice learning how to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and develop a deeper understanding of the human condition.

According to a recent Washington Post article, The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors, “Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields.” One prominent economist even extrapolates this to suggest that learning how to craft and interpret narratives, in economics at least, can have a  profound impact: “Economists can best advance their science by developing and incorporating into it the art of narrative economics … What people tell each other can have profound implications on markets — and the overall economy …”

There are also some counter-intuitive salary and long-term career satisfaction implications that are noted in this article and another recent one on this topic:  In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure.

So, yes, humanities courses matter. The stories and the narratives we tell each other and embrace matter.   And that’s why it’s a part of our program.

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Magnet Overnighter Scheduled for 11/22

Calling all Magnetos,

It’s that time of year. The annual all-nighter will take place from 6 pm on Friday, November 22 to 7 am Saturday, November 23. If you show up BEFORE 6 pm, you can hang in the Commons until it officially starts. No chaperones are on duty until 6 pm. The cost is $5 to cover pizza and needs to be paid to ASB starting November 1. The maximum number of students is 60, so first PAID, first served. We also need a permission form (see link below) submitted to ME (Abe) NLT Wednesday, November 13.

Feel free to bring food/drinks for snacks, board/card games to play, PG-13 (and school appropriate) movies to watch, and (if you plan to sleep) a sleeping bag and pillow. It can get cold in those early morning hours, so a blanket might be nice. If you can’t come at 6 pm, feel free to join us later that evening but no later than 10 pm. If you need to leave the all-nighter at any point, there will be no re-admittance.

If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Abe.

Overnight Permission Form

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Western Aerospace Scholars Summer Experience

Check it out, sophomores and juniors! CHS/MST jr. Tyler Stanley is currently involved in phase 1 of this. We’ve had several others over the course of the program participate in this and report back positive experiences.

“Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pathways through the exploration of space and space travel. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in Earth and Space Science. If scholars successfully complete the online curriculum, they are invited to participate in multi-day summer experiences that provide them the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students, and STEM educators.”


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