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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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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