Friday, March 19, 2010

Once, Twice, Three Times the Winner

For the third consecutive year, Camas High School took first place at the Southwest Washington Regional Science Olympiad tournament. The event was held Saturday, March 13, at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA. 18 teams represented 12 high schools—most of which hail from Clark County.

The CHS “Black” team was the first place winner while the CHS “White” team placed fifth. Both teams will proceed to the State competition on April 10 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

The two CHS teams “double-medaled” in nine of the 23 events. In two events, “Fossils” and “Disease Detectives,” the CHS teams took first and second place.

CHS has competed at the state level every year since the program’s inception four years ago. The first year, the team won the “Spirit” trophy and placed tenth. In the following 2 years, CHS placed third.

The Skyridge Middle School team also did very well at the regional event and will proceed to the state competition. This will be the Hawks first trip to the state event.

“Clark County has very good prospects for the state event. The four teams most likely teams to be fighting for the State title this year are Stanwood, Bothell (last year’s champion), Union and Camas,” commented team member Ryan Gompertz. “Prairie and Columbia River very likely will be in the top 10 and are possible challengers for the title,” he added.

Each state in the US will send one High School and one Middle School team to the national competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 20-22, 2010.

Good luck, CHS!