All’s Well That Ends Well: Ashland ’23 Recap

The Camas High School MST Magnet program (45 students and 5 staff) took a field trip this past weekend to Ashland, Oregon, the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to see productions of Romeo and Juliet and Rent, as well as participating in a workshop on Saturday morning with OSF staff. The trip was a rousing success, representing our triumphant return to this beloved field trip that last happened in 2019! A special thanks to the students, staff, and parents who worked together to make this yet another memorable trip. We are already counting the days till the 2025 trip!

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2023 Magnet Olympics Winners Celebrated!

Each year we host an orientation for our incoming freshman class where  our newest students, staff, and upperclassmen play ice breakers, tour the school, and compete in the annual Magnet Olympics. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Liya B., Adiv C., Elly J., Kyla J., and Grant P. Their inscribed name plaque joins a long and distinguished list of Magnet Olympic winners going back over a decade. Nice work, Magnetos!

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BWSI Fall Program for 10th/11th Girls

See below for a recent release from our friends at M.I.T. These are great, well-run programs that are offered. We’ve had several students benefit from them.

We are excited to announce the BWSI Fall Program (virtual) for 10th and 11th Grade female students starting in October. The program is completely free, all students need are laptops and wifi to be a part of the program. If a student does not have a laptop they can reach out to us for a loaner so make sure that doesn’t stop anyone from signing up. While all BWSI programs are open to eligible students of any gender identity, this fall program is designed to encourage and support female students in STEM.

We are offering the following programs: Girls Who Program Autonomous Cars! Girls Who Design, Build and Fly Model Aircraft! Girls Who Want to Learn Many Interesting Things (MIT)! Girls Who Program Cognitive Assistants! Girls Who Want to Learn Back to bASICs! Girls Who Program Racing Drones!

  • WHO: High School 10th and 11th Grade Female Students (9th grade students can apply as well, but first spots will be given to those in 10/11th grade)
  • WHEN: Saturdays 11am-2pm (EST): October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 2023
  • WHERE: Virtually, through Zoom!

The attached brochure has more information on what each course will be offering. We would love it if you could share with your students. The first page has all the information and can be posted around your school or emailed to your students!

Must fill out application link to be considered, the application is very quick. Students must sign up by September 18, 2023.

We appreciate your help in letting your students know about this program for them and look forward to seeing them participate in the program!

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MST Picnickers Revel in Sun and Fun

Magnetos from grades 9-12 (and even a few alumni) attended our annual end of the year picnic on Friday, June 2nd, at Grass Valley Park in Camas, WA. The sunshine was flowing, as well as the spikeball, volleyball, basketball, burgers, and dogs. Thank you to all the MST parents and students who contributed side dishes, condiments, drinks, etc. for this annual tradition. We’re almost there, Magnetos …

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Sophomore Magnetos Soar to ISEF

Sophomores Alexandria McNutt and Jenny Wang recently attended the 2023 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas. They advanced to this competition as a result of winning first place in category for their research into the viability of the Tesla turbine for generating electricity  and were selected to represent our region (all expenses paid for by SEF). Congrats to Jenny and Alex on this major accomplishment!

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Symposium 2023 Recap

It was a great to see so many parents, friends, family, mentors, and many of our newest MST cohort (Class of 2027) at last week’s Spring Research Symposium, our 16th annual. While the poster fair took place in the Commons, this slideshow played in the background. It celebrates in particular our graduating seniors, but it’s also really a celebration of the work and play that is at the heart of our community and program. Best of luck to our graduating seniors, wherever they may be heading next. And thank you as always for your continued support.  Have a great end of the year and summer.

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You’re Invited: MST Research Symposium ’23

You are cordially invited to our 16th annual MST Symposium on Wednesday, May 24th, at Camas High School. Our 9th, 10th, and 12th graders have spent considerable hours on their research this year and would love to show you what they’ve accomplished. The first hour (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) will be an informal showcase and poster fair in the Main Commons with light refreshments and some musical entertainment from some of our students. The second hour (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm) will be in the Theater, with a senior panel sharing about their high school experiences, some presentations from seniors and a sophomore group, and awards. We know life is busy right now, so please feel free to join us for part of the evening if you can’t stay the full two hours.

We look forward to seeing you at Camas High School on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023. Please join us in celebrating their work!

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Frawley’s “Spring” Takes First Place at OCS!

More congratulations are in order for CHS/MST senior Paige Frawley who was recognized last weekend in the Oregon Ceramic Showcase at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Out of 22 local high schools represented and the work of dozens of students on display in the exhibition, Paige took home 1st place honors for her “Spring” sculpture! Congrats to Paige on her award-winning sculpture that she’s also submitting as part of her AP 3D art portfolio.

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CHS/MST Alumna Abby Jiang (’19) Update

Class of 2019 graduate Abby Jiang recently checked in with us to share a life update on her post-high school happenings. Here’s what she had to say:

“After I complete my undergrad at Caltech this June, I will be headed to Harvard for my PhD in Applied Physics, fully funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation!! Here’s the research group I’ll be joining: I am super excited for this next step in my journey …  I truly would not have found my passion for research if it were not for the program’s opportunities and all of the amazing students and staff who are a part of it …”

Thank you, Abby. And congratulations on your impending graduation and the beginning of your PhD journey at Harvard!

Abby Jiang at the Materials Research Society spring meeting in San Francisco this month.

Abby Jiang hard at work doing resarch as part of the See Group at Caltech, where she’s been working on next-generation battery materials over the past year.

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MST Sr. Paige Frawley Earns Regional Artist Award

On March 22, ESD 112 rolled out the virtual red carpet for the 2023 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show. Featuring an introduction by ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Superintendent Chris Reykdal this year’s virtual presentation features all of the award-winning pieces, and the opportunity to hear from some of the participating student artists. CHS/MST senior Paige Frawley was among those honored for her work in ceramics! Congrats, Paige!

“Student participants demonstrated exceptional skill, originality, and emotion in their work,” said Tim Merlino, superintendent of ESD 112. “The Regional High School Art Show is a testament to the fact that art and creative expression are instrumental in the education and development of young people.”

Winners of the Regional Awards will compete against entries from around Washington State in the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Art Show, celebrating 50 years of the annual student art competition, taking place on May 30 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

All student artists who were recognized with an award in this year’s Art Show also received scholarships from the Department of Art + Design at Central Washington University, and/or Pacific Northwest College of Art.

We hope you enjoy this year’s virtual awards presentation, and check out the online gallery featuring all of the artwork submitted to this year’s Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show at

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