When Ron Wright formed the first Camas High School Science Olympiad team in 2007, he had some pretty specific aspirations in mind.
“I just knew Camas High School could send a team to Nationals, so I set a five-year-goal,” Wright said. “And we made it in just under five.”
Getting to the 2011 national tournament in Wisconsin in May meant being the top team in the state, and on April 16 the Papermakers accomplished just that, and in very convincing fashion.
Up against 20 teams from around Washington during the event at Clark College, CHS earned medals in 17 of the 23 events — including eight first place medals — and won by 24 points. It was the largest margin of victory for a state championship team in five years.
“It was a strong win,” Wright said.
It was a victory that CHS has been inching closer and closer toward since the team’s inaugural year when it landed in 10th place in state and also took home the Spirit Award. That was followed by three third-place state finishes in each consecutive year.