Camas Science Olympiad team places 13th at nationals

Duo wins first place for second year running

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.