Sep 18

We’ve Moved!

As of 09/18/17, the new address for the CHS MST Magnet website will be:

Please update your records. This old site will stay active for the foreseeable future to preserve some of the old content, but all future updates will happen via the new address.

Thank you!

May 22

Imagine This!

This past weekend about 28 of our freshmen and sophomore Magnetos and four MST staff loaded up the big yellow limousine and took the long sojourn to Washington State University to compete in the annual Imagine Tomorrow science competition. Our students did very well this year.

If you’re not familiar with the event, the organizers state that, “Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.”  We took eight teams in total, and half of them earned awards, giving us our best showing in the history of our participation in this competition.  Here are the winners:

  • 1st Place in the Boeing Aerospace Challenge (Design), freshmen Amy Fan, Emma McBride, Bailey Segal, and Kenneth Wright for Incorporating Aquatic Snails Into Vertical-Style Home Based Aquaponics
  • 1st Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Behavior), sophomores Kaitlin Beel, Cole Childers, Anthony Choi, Harrison Cole, and Zack Shafer for The Effectiveness and Environmental Effects of Chloride-Based Deicers
  • 2nd Place in the The Biofuels Challenge (Technology), freshmen Sierra Mellor and Hannah Tangen for Evolving Aeroponics: Growing Plants in Air
  • 2nd Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Design) & The Global Innovation Award, freshmen Sarah Chelsey, Chloe Higgins, Rose Leveen, Odessa Thompson, and Mary-Elizabeth Wurzer for Protecting the Environment with Bioplastics

Congratulations to the 400 or so students who attended from some 30 schools across both Washington and Idaho. Whether awards were won or not, the experience is always a good one to be on your feet talking with experts in the field you’ve also worked in.  Bravo!

P.S. If you’d like to see how we’ve done over the years at Imagine Tomorrow, visit this document: IT Historical for CHS.

May 03

Rising Seniors Placed in M.I.T. Summer Program


Rising MST seniors Noah Thompson and Daniel Fan participated this winter and spring in pre-requisite, online coursework via the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as one step in their goal of earning placement in the prestigious Beaver Works Summer Institute to be held over four weeks on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We just received notification this week that their efforts paid off, with both students earning fully-funded, residential placement in this summer’s program. Bravo!

“Beaver Works is a joint venture between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering that is envisioned as an incubator for research and innovation. Beaver Works facilitates project-based learning, a hallmark of an MIT education, and leverages the expertise and enthusiasm of MIT faculty, students, researchers, and Lincoln Laboratory staff to broaden partnerships with MIT campus and students.” According to Robert Shin, the director of the Beaver Works, “The goal of the Beaver Works Summer Institute is to offer a truly challenging learning experience to exceptional high school students with an interest in STEM.”

Congratulations, Noah and Daniel, on earning placement in this prestigious MIT program! Check out this video of the MIT BWSI to get a deeper sense of what they’ll be doing this summer.

Apr 26

Magnet Night of Service at CCFB

On Tuesday, April 25th, about 50 Magnet students and staff took a break from preparing for AP tests and showed up at the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver to engage in some community service.  The team of freshmen through senior students worked together to sort and pack various dry good products for distribution to local families. In the end, we sorted over 31,000 pounds of goods in just under two hours. Thank you, CCFB, for the opportunity to serve the people of Clark County on your behalf.


Apr 17

Magnet Promo Video

The District asked us to come up with a short video that makes use of our students in describing the program, its benefits, whether or not to apply if you’re on the fence, etc.  We asked the questions, the kids answered them.  Here’s our finished product.  Thank you, Magnet student ambassadors for your help with this project!


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