Regional SEF Results

CHS/Magnet students in grades 9-12 participated in the regional Science and Engineering Fair (SEF) on Saturday, March 1st.  Chaperoned by SEF guru Ron Wright and CHS teacher extraordinaire Kim Newman, Camas students entered seven projects. The results were amazing. Each project earned first place in its category. Additionally, best in show was earned by two Camas projects and thus an all expenses paid trip to ISEF in Los Angeles, CA in May (Reesab Patha and Meghal Sheth)  Excellent! CHS teacher Jennifer Dean contributed greatly as an advisor to nearly all of these projects. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Jon Bartlett
  • Rachel Fadlovich
  • Bilal Manzer
  • Reesab Pathak
  • Meghal Sheth
  • Sophie Shoemaker
  • Chemay Shola

Magnet Overnighter 2013

Many think that the typical Magnet student keeps his/her nose in the books and does not know how to let loose…think again! Click on the link above to see the other side of a Magnet student during our overnighter last weekend.

The Other Side of a Magnet Student

MST 9 Romeo and Juliet

Students in Mr. MacGowan’s MST English class performed their scenes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the delight of their instructor. He raved over their performances which were rendered with uninhibited spirit and passion. Mac said of their efforts, ”These students were wonderful to work with. To see the kids in this element and how they embraced the challenge reveals how well rounded and talented these kids really are in all academic disciplines.”

The other pictures are Jason Kim as Friar Laurence and Rachel Duquette and Morgan Dunn as Romeo and Benvolio respectively.

Alex’s Wish

Magnet sophomore Alex Harte was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on June 19, 2013.  Since then he’s been through countless treatments to get him on the road to recovery, which has even allowed him to come back to CHS to attend a limited schedule when he’s feeling well enough to do so.  As part of his recovery, he was recently granted a wish from Make-A-Wish ® Oregon.  “For Alex, the custom-built gaming computer that he received from Make-A-Wish® Oregon is more than just a wish-come-true.  It’s a wish for the future – something that will help him pursue a career in computers or electronics.”  Read more here: Alex’s Wish

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Important FASFA Information

Seniors planning on attending college and applying for scholarships and financial aid for the fall of 2014 must submit the FAFSA form. In order to fill out the FAFSA, students and one parent/guardian must each request individual pin numbers that will serve as an electronic tracking system and signature. A  pin request can be made at  It takes approximately 24-48 hours to receive a confirmation of your pin request. Then between January 1-31, even if family taxes have not been submitted, the FAFSA form can be completed at Once taxes are submitted to the IRS, then a FAFSA correction must be made at the same website.

Geometry Turkey Constructions!

Here are our freshmen working on their turkey constructions in geometry.  Most turkeys have an ominous fate over Thanksgiving break, but hopefully these turkeys will be coming to life with some creative coloring and design.

APES EcoColumns

In the EcoColumn project, students in Mrs. Dean’s AP Environmental Science class design, build, and monitor the interconnected chambers of an “EcoColumn”. Each student becomes an expert in one of the three environments: aquatic, decomposition, or terrestrial. Measurements and adjustments are made to create a healthy system. This week we started observing the changes in these systems with the invasion of two different types of Copepods.

AP Bio Fruit Flies

Magnet AP Biology students examine fruit flies for gender and phenotype in preparation for a genetics lab.

Senior Showcase

On December 9th, 2013, the entire 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 and listened to formal presentations of internships by seniors Carly Marshall, Xinyang Chen, Zach Hein, and Matt Palodichuck.

Marshall worked over the summer at CID Bioscience in Camas, WA., where she conducted an investigation designed to test the filtration feature of a portable ethylene gas analyzer and to display the functionality of the CI-900 in a real world application of monitoring the ethylene production of fruit. Fruit Tests with the CI-900 Portable Ethylene Gas Analyzer.

Chen, Hein, and Palodichuck conducted their internships at Underwriters Laboratories in Camas, WA. They sought to design a tool in Microsoft InfoPath to standardize the process of estimating the hours needed to certify products. Designing an InfoPath Product Scoping Tool for UL

Congratulations, seniors, on your successful internships and projects!

Magnet Juniors Earn Honors at Intel ISEF!

“This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research …” Among those 1,700 were two of our very own, Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak.  Congratulations to both of them.  We’re very proud of you!

  • Meghal Sheth, 3rd Place, $1,000, Cellular and Molecular Biology: Does BPA Cause Hearing Loss? Assessing the Potential Ototoxicity Induced by Bisphenol – A in Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Lateral Line
  • Reesab Pathak, 3rd Place, $1,000, Cellular and Molecular Biology: Universal, MHC-E Restricted Killer T Cell Responses: Identification of a Novel Immune Response against HIV

Reesab also won the Arizona State University Provost Scholarship.

If you would like to read the press release on all of the winners, please visit the following link:


Meghal Sheth (left) at ISEF with her award and new ISEF pal from New York.

Meghal Sheth (left) at ISEF with her award and new ISEF pal from New York.


Reesab Pathak attends to his award winning poster and project at ISEF 2014.

Reesab Pathak attends to his award winning poster and project at ISEF 2014.

State 4A Knowledge Bowl

Senior Magnet students Rachel Fadlovich, Kyle Binder, Tim Liu, Lindsay Weinberg, Xinyang Chen, and Shicon Wen competed this past weekend in the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament.  They did Camas High School and the Magnet proud, overcoming a tough start to place second in state at 4A, missing first place by only 1 point!  Shown with the students is their coach, Dale Croswell, CHS teacher and soon to be CHS retiree after 40 years teaching and 28 years as knowledge bowl coach.  Way to go, team!


About every other year we take MST magnet students to Ashland to see plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It serves as a community builder, but it also supports and nurtures the connection between the English course work students do and the work they do in MST.

NASA WISH Scholars Program

NASA is accepting applications until noon CST Monday, Feb. 3, for its 2014 Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Long Lost Relatives

AP Biology students build proteins to find their long-lost relatives and practice the processes of transcription and translation.

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Magnet Junior’s Mentor Fêted in WSUV Magazine

Meghal Sheth, a junior in our Magnet program, has presented her research at two professional conferences this year and has won several awards, such as first place in the Washington State Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. On pages 9-12 in the WSU-V Crimson & Gray magazine, Meghal’s mentor (Dr. Allison Coffin) is featured—the article includes a nice bit about our very own Meghal and the impact Dr. Coffin has had on her. Kudos to both Dr. Coffin and Meghal!  And Go Cougs!

Sep 11

WSUV Engineering & Computer Science Information Night

Find out what a degree in Engineering or Computer Science will do for you!

WSU Vancouver is hosting an Engineering & Computer Science Information Night, 6 p.m,. Thursday, September 18, Engineering & Computer Science Building, room 105, WSU Vancouver campus. Free & open to the public … check it out!

Sep 09

MST9 Magnet Olympic Champions

It is tough being a Magneto. During our orientation we (the staff and elder Magnetos) put the youngins through a grueling competition. One group rose to the top and earned the title–Magnet Olympic Champions. In their honor, their names will be engraved on a plaque and placed on the champion trophy displayed in Mrs. Newman’s room.

David Connell, Thomas Kuzis (coach), Luke Bruno, Bailee Thompson, Ashley Miles, Jax Purwins, and Rhyan Montovino

David Connell, Thomas Kuzis (coach), Luke Bruno, Bailee Thompson, Ashley Miles, Jax Purwins, and Rhyan Montovino


Aug 27

MST Freshmen Orientation

Every year we welcome our freshmen at the annual orientation we host just prior to the start of school.  We run them through various ice breakers and activities, get them lockers, tour the school, then finish the event with a BBQ.  On behalf of the Magnet program, we’d like to welcome all 34 members of the MST class of 2018!

Jun 06

Symposium 2014

Our annual CHS MST Magnet Research Symposium is a showcase of original student research and project work done over the course of the year in grades 9-12.  We displayed close to 40 projects in the CHS commons last night, 06/04/14. This project study is at the heart of what our program strives to be: an interdisciplinary, inquiry based experience and community through which students hone their understanding of the research process, develops skills on how to work on a team, and refine their presentation skills and ability to communicate. Oh how the program has grown and evolved!

Going way back to the fall of 2007 and the genesis of the MST program, we nervously welcomed our first class of some 30 bright eyed Magnet pioneers.  They were the ones who paved the way for a program that is now on the verge of graduating its 4th class.  It’s hard to believe it, but in just one week’s time, we’ll watch that 4th MST Magnet class, the class of 2014, walk across the stage at Doc Harris to join prior graduating classes in studying all over the US, applying the lessons they learned here at CHS and in the MST Magnet.  Congratulations to all the students of the program, but especially the graduating class of 2014. Go forth and conquer!  Qapla’ !

May 22

2013 Magnet Graduate Hollar Earns Research Award

Recent CHS / MST Magnet grad Sierra Hollar was awarded a $2,000 summer research grant by Boise State University and their STEM Summer Research Community.  ”The Boise State Summer Research Community  program hosts several activities in partnership with several student research programs to involve the participants to unique interdisciplinary learning and research opportunities. Interaction with peers from a variety of disciplines provides an academically enriching environment.” The award is given to only one student per semester.

From her winning proposal that was peer reviewed by a scholar in Germany: “I wish to engage in the study of a novel group of symbiotic organisms, trichomycetes, in order to develop skills and expertise that will offer a contribution to the larger scientific community. This research could potentially yield new discoveries of both different microorganisms and candidate hosts, as well as give insight into habitats, traditional methods to preserve, and even prospective ways in which to harness, cultivate, and observe them in detail.”

Congratulations, Sierra!

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