Camas Science Olympiad team places 13th at nationals

Duo wins first place for second year running

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The CHS Science Olympiad Team placed 13th overall at the national tournament this year, the best team score in their three years representing Washington state at the competition. Team members include, left to right, Ryan Lim, Jake Hsu, Kevin Hsu, Yun Teng, Hans Wachlin, Reese Pathak, Jon Bartlett, Yushuan Peng, Xinyang Chen, Camille Ritter, Eliot Shoemaker, Evan Roche, Rachel Fadlovich, Sophie Shoemaker, Ron Wright, Arya Pathak, Jonathan Ho, Marcus Bintz, Tim Grote, Noah Wachlin, Eric Kuhta, Matt Chase, Jana Grote and not pictured, Rick Grote.

Nineteen Camas High School students attended the Science Olympiad National Tournament in Dayton, Ohio recently.

Students competed in 25 events against 59 other high school state champion schools from across the country at Wright University.

The Papermakers, three-time state champions, earned medals in five events and placed 13th overall, the team’s best score in three years of representing Washington state.

Individual event medalists were: Marcus Bintz and Jonathan Ho, sixth-place, Astromomy; Bintz and Jake Hsu, fifth-place, Chemistry Lab; Tim Grote and Noah Wachlin, fourth-place, Robot Arm; and Wachlin and Sophie Shoemaker, first-place, Write-it Do-it.

Most notably, Bintz and Rachel Fadlovich took first-place in Disease Detectives, the first time in 14 years that the same pair of students won this event two years in a row.

Team members were seniors Eric Kuhta, Eliot Shoemaker, Jake Hsu, Marcus Bintz, Tim Grote, Noah Wachlin and Evan Roche; juniors Rachel Fadlovich, Camille Ritter, Ryan Lim and Yushuan Peng; and sophomores Reese Pathak, Jon Bartlett, Johnathan Ho, Yun Teng, Arya Pathak, Sophie Shoemaker, Kevin Hsu and Xinyang Chen.