Duke Computational Biology Webinar Series

A former student of mine and CHS grad recently contacted me about a cool opportunity in the field of computational biology offered this spring by Duke University.  What’s computational biology, you ask? Well, in her words, it’s the “intersection of biology and computer science”. Although she never imagined she’d have a career in a field like this, she’s found her passion in this field working at OHSU, stating that it’s “opened so many doors for her.” Check out the full flyer here: Duke Computational Biology Webinar Series

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CHS Poetry Out Loud 2020!

Performing in front of a packed house in CHS rooms 706 and 710 on January 22nd, students from several CHS English classrooms convened to recite poetry in our 2020 CHS Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition. CHS senior Bailey Grubbs took top honors with an awesome interpretation of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s I Am Offering this Poem. Magnet sophomore Nathan Sutherland was close on her heels with his soulful interpretation of Caged Bird, by Maya Angelou, which earned him runner up honors. Congratulations, Bailey and Nathan, as well as to all the other contestants and the six school competition finalists, including two other MST students, sophomore Emily Elwell and freshman Aiden Stewart! Bravo!

In order to advance to the CHS school competition, Bailey, Nathan, and the almost 20 other students participating first had to qualify in their respective English class competitions. By virtue of winning the school competition, Ms. Grubbs advanced to the regional competition, held last night, January 22nd, at the ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA.

On a historical note, this marks the 13th anniversary of CHS involvement in this national recitation/interpretation contest. We estimate that approximately 500 CHS students have participated in the school competition, not to mention 2500+ students in the various classroom competitions held at CHS over the last 13 years. Long live the spoken word!  

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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: https://nysf.smapply.io/ For more information about the program, please visit the NYSCamp’s web site at http://www.nyscamp.org. More information about the organization that raises support for NYSCamp, the National Youth Science Foundation, visit http://www.nysf.com

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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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