CAMAS, Wash. – The only all-girls varsity team in the Camas Science Olympiad Invitational, St. Mary’s Academy placed second out of 30 high school teams. It was the largest high school Science Olympiad invitational tournament on the west coast this year.

St. Mary’s Academy also received three event-specific medals: sophomores Beatrice Pickett and Caitlyn Ark placed first in fossils; senior Jamie Hamilton, junior Peyton Tierney and sophomore Helen Rossmiller took first place in protein modeling; and senior Jamie Hamilton and junior Darcie Semler placed third in the chemistry lab event.
Since St. Mary’s Academy formed its Science Olympiad club in 2007, the school has been awarded first or second place at state championships each year. St. Mary’s students have also appeared at nationals seven times.

“The whole team bonds so well together, especially among the different grades,” said Amelia Myers, a St. Mary’s junior and Science Olympiad co-captain. “As a captain, I love to help new freshmen and sophomores experience the same feeling of excitement as I have.”

The Oregon state championships will be held at Oregon State University on April 9.