Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Camas HS Science Olympiad Team Places 3rd

The Camas High School Science Olympiad Team took home the third place trophy, for the second year in a row, at the State Tournament at Clark College on April 18. The team performed tremendously, and several talented Camas students took home first place medals, with a narrow 15 points separating the top three teams.

Camas High School teacher and Science Olympiad coach Ron Wright has done an outstanding job building the program from its infancy just three years ago to becoming a state level competitor. In addition to the high school team, Wright led the effort to create both elementary and middle school Science Olympiad teams. In fact, Liberty Middle School also qualified for the state competition and took home several medals.

“In three short years we have established ourselves as one of the premier teams in the state,” commented Wright. “Congratulations to the team, parents, and Camas School District staff.”

Events included: Cell Biology, Disease Detectives, Ecology , Health Science, Herpetology, Astronomy, Dynamic Planet, Fossils, Remote Sensing, It’s About Time, Physics Lab, Trajectory, Chem Lab, Environmental Chemistry, Forensics, Egg-O-Naut, Electric Vehicle, Elevated Bridge, Junkyard Challenge, Experimental Design, Picture This, Technical Problem Solving, and Write It Do It.

Science Olympiad is a team competition that encourages high school and middle school students to apply their technical knowledge and abilities. The Camas High School team formed in 2006 and has competed at the state level each year, taking third at the State competition in 2007 and first in the past three regional competitions.