Ryan Gompertz CHS/MST Class of 2011

Ryan Gompertz (CHS, ’11) was among the first 32 brave Magnet pioneers who joined our brand new program in its inaugural year of 2007.  Like many of those 32 curious students who joined us that year, we were also just trying to figure out who we were as a program. I distinctly remember when Ryan came to me during his sophomore year in the program and told me, “Mr. Greene, I like science, math, and engineering and all, but I’m not sure I want a career in it …”  “Perfect!” I said.  What a gift to figure out at such a young age what you DON’T want to do with your life.

Ryan continued on in the program and was very successful in it and at CHS, but he stayed true to his realization, charting a course forward that would help him achieve his dreams. One such example came for him when he returned home from his freshman year at UW and ran as a 19 year old 2012 Democratic candidate for District 18b of the Washington House of Representatives. Though he didn’t advance to the final ballot, his candidacy inspired him and others to keep seeking and pursuing change.

Fast forward to 2018 and this past week when Assistant Attorney General Ryan Gompertz, Esq. was sworn in as an attorney in Olympia in the presence of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. Bravo!

Congratulations, Ryan, on staying true to your realization and vision and being sworn in as a lawyer.  We are all so proud of you and look forward to tracking this next phase of your journey. Cheers!

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DECA Girls Represent Publishes Schedule

Interested in learning about a new career, helping close the gender gap in the workforce, and getting some free snacks during lunch? Bring your lunch and a friend to the Girls Represent Lunchbox Talks! The DECA Girls Represent campaign aims to encourage girls to pursue careers lacking female representation. These Lunchbox Talks are a series of inspiring and informative talks delivered by female professionals in underrepresented fields. The talks will take place during A/B Lunch in the CHS Library on most Tuesdays in October. Everyone is welcome! Speakers include:

  • 10/2 – Dr. Carolyn Long (Local candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives)
  • 10/9 – Dr. Kiki Sanford (CEO/Entrepreneur & “This Week in Science” Podcast Host)
  • 10/16 – Dr. Cynthia Cooper (Professor of Molecular Biosciences at WSU-V)
  • 10/30 – Dana Lukens (Former Military Staff Sergeant, Current Director of Global Logistics at Emerald Kalama)

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Four CHS/MST seniors named National Merit Finalists!

We are proud of these CHS Papermakers! Congratulations goes out to Angela Xu, Abigail Jiang, Maia Kawamura, and Monica Chang (left to right), who have been recognized as National Merit Semi-finalists based on their PSAT scores from last year. Way to go, Magnetos!

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.

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Micah the Mighty Marathoner!

MST junior Mackenzie Snell recently published a book, Micah the Mighty Marathoner, that chronicles the journey of her brother Micah. Check out her recent interview with Lacamas Magazine about the process and journey of putting this book together.

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MST Senior Travels to Beijing for Yale Program

“The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven and the Yale Center Beijing in China.” MST senior Kaitlin Beel participated in this past summer’s Beijing cohort of the YYGS. The mission of the program is to “empower the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding, and inspire creative action across all borders.”

According to Beel, she gained much from the opportunity, but it was subtle realizations gleaned from her trip that had the most profound impact on her outlook.  “Being able to meet people, a bunch of teenagers (who can quote vines) who are really a lot like me, from around the world and yet be so similar was probably the best part for me. People will stick with you, and they teach you so much more than the lectures and seminars ever can … I think everyone needs to realize that we are all really similar, and it’s easier to listen to and learn from someone you know is a lot like you.”

Congrats, Kaitlin, on your transformative summer learning experience!  

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MST Senior’s Summer Experience Showcased in Columbian

“Camas High School senior Monica Chang was one of 36 students from around the world to participate in the Summer Science Program in Biochemistry at Purdue University in Indiana, where she and others used wet lab techniques and modeling software to study an enzyme from a fungal pathogen and to design a small molecule inhibitor to protect crops from that fungus” (Columbian, September 12, 2018). Congrats, Monica, on your success with this transformative experience and summer program! Read the complete story here:  Camas senior spends summer in exclusive science program

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MST Freshmen Orientation, 8/29

Greetings, Magnetos!

First, let us once again welcome you to the program. We are very much looking forward to working with you this fall, which brings us to the purpose of this email.

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 29th, the date we’ve set aside for our Freshmen MST Magnet Orientation. Our plan is for the incoming freshmen to meet our student chaperones at the front entrance of Camas High School at 3PM on that day.  Once all have arrived, we will use the next couple of hours to run students through some fun ice-breaker activities with MST staff and students, giving them a chance to get comfortable with us and their peers before day one of school.

At 5PM on that same day we will be doing some sort of a social gathering in the CHS North Commons with the incoming MST freshmen families and students where food will be provided, either a simple BBQ or pizza (TBD).  We should conclude the evening’s activities by about 6PM after a short staff welcome and presentation.   If you have any questions about this event, feel free to email, but please also let me know if you CAN’T make it.  We understand that this is a busy time of the year, so it’s not the end of the world if you’re unable to make it, but we certainly hope you can.

We wish you the very best on your remaining travels and journeys this summer.  Please email if you have any questions.

P.S. Please note that this event is separate from and not meant to replace the Camas High School freshmen orientation scheduled for this week.

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Rising MST Jr. Slated to Spend Year in Ghana

Rising MST junior Emma McBride is the recent recipient of a prestigious full scholarship to study abroad next year in Ghana. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in countries with significant Muslim populations. Only 65 scholarships are awarded each year. Congrats, Emma!

In her own words: “I will be leaving at the end of this summer and returning at the end of next June. I am immensely excited to immerse myself in the culture, be a part of a host family, continue my academic studies and learn some of the native dialects such as Twi and Fante. However, as part of the program I plan to stay connected with CHS and represent Camas High School through my volunteering efforts in the local Ghanaian community.”

For more information about Ghana: http://www.yes-abroad.org/countries/ghana

For more info about the scholarship: http://www.yes-abroad.org/about/about-us

From left to right: Steve Marshall, Emma McBride, and Dr. Liza Sejkora

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Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House!

“The USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory opens its doors to the public on Saturday, May 12, 2018, for a one-day open house. Scientists will be on-hand from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to share the results of their research and talk about volcano hazards. Hands-on activities and equipment demonstrations will be featured.” Check it out!  

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Summer Transportation Institute 2018

For the third year in a row, Portland State University is hosting a Summer Transportation Institute for high school girls. This two-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade who identifies as female an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system.

Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of TransportationTriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area.

The other half is spent outside, in field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces. Planners, engineers and designers come from all over the country to see Portland’s unique transportation system in action, and researchers use it as a testing ground for the most innovative solutions in safety, sustainability and livable efficiency.

Students are asked to choose a real-world transportation problem to investigate and use the skills they have gained to present a solution at the end of the course. Hands-on activities introduce students to GIS and transportation modeling software, and show how to use advanced technologies to achieve community goals.

APPLY TO ATTEND (closes April 29th)

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