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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M.I.T. Summer Experience Opportunity

Greetings, Magnetos! The MIT (Yes, that MIT) Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is a rigorous, world-class STEM program for talented students who will be entering their senior year in high school. The four-week program teaches STEM skills through project-based, workshop-style courses.

We’ve had about 6 Magnetos over the last few years take advantage of the MIT BWSI, which is a pretty remarkable experience from what I can gather.  Spend a month living on campus at MIT in Boston doing super cool science stuff?  Sounds like a winner to me. Anyone interested? If so and you’re serious about doing the pre-req mods over the winter and applying to BWSI for the summer, I’d be happy to recommend you, which is what they’ve asked me to do (be the point of contact for you and this program …).  So if that’s you, send me an email to let me know you’re interested and/or stop by and see me in room 710 at CHS.

P.S. You might also talk to MST seniors Odessa and Bailey if you want more info. They have firsthand insight on this awesome experience.

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  • They are attending high school in US or US citizen abroad and are currently juniors rising to senior status after this year.
  • They have demonstrated technical ability (evidenced by recommendations from school officials, test scores, coursework, grades, and extracurricular activities)
  • They have completed the lessons in the online tutorial for their desired project
  • Online course starts January 2020 (prerequisite in order to apply to the on-site portion of the program)
  • On-site BWSI runs July 6 – August 2, 2020
  • To get more information:

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MST Jr. Bergstrom Featured as D1 Hoops Prospect

CHS/MST junior Faith Bergstrom excels in the classroom and on the court. She was recently showcased in the subscription web portal Prep Girls Hoops Washington as a rising Division 1 prospect.  Congrats, Faith, and best of luck in the upcoming season.

“Continuing on with our recent series of individual spotlights before the high school season begins, the latest feature will be on Camas High School’s Faith Bergstrom. Faith had a strong club season playing on Al Aldridge’s Columbia Cascades top team and she hopes to keep the momentum rolling into her junior year of high school. I recently had the chance to catch up with the 6’2 post and talk about her plans for this upcoming season and how the recruitment process is coming along” (Prep Girls Hoops).

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