Boy’s Swimming 4A State Champions

Camas High School swimmers Luke Albert, Jeff Fadlovich, Tom Utas, Finn McClone, Mark Kim, Chris Xia, Brian Andrade, Jaden Kim, Eric Wu and Austin Fogel stand on the podium as 4A state champions Saturday, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The Camas High School boys swimming team became state champions by total domination Saturday.

Mark Kim defended his titles in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle races, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. He also anchored Eric Wu, Jaden Kim and Tom Utas to victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Utas had already clinched first place in the 50 freestyle.

By then, just about the time Mike Bemis had been named the Washington 4A Boys Swimming Coach of the Year, the Papermakers led the meet by 88 points.

Camas ended the meet with 302 points, 96 more than second place Skyline.  Read more at the CW Post Record

Dylan Ingram 4A 220 lb. State Champion

Camas High School senior Dylan Ingram screams with passion after winning the 4A 220-pound state wrestling championship at the Tacoma Dome Saturday. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

There are not many wrestlers who can lift Dylan Ingram off the ground.

His father, Jason, a state champion in high school, did after Dylan became the Class 4A 220-pound state champion Saturday.

Dylan Ingram tore through the competition at the Tacoma Dome. The Camas High School senior won his first match by a 15-0 technical fall, the quarterfinals 7-1 and the semifinals 12-0. Read more at the CW Post Record

Gymnasts Rise to Second At State

The Camas High School gymnastics team stands on the podium in second place at the 4A state meet Friday, at the Tacoma Dome. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

You never get the second chance to make a first impression.

The Camas High School gymnasts seized the opportunity and climbed all the way to up to second place in the 4A state team competition at the Tacoma Dome Friday.

The Papermakers collected 175.425 points to rise above Bothell and Emerald Ridge. Woodinville won the state team title with 180.225 points.

Jacqueline Purwins finished in fourth place in the all-around competition for Camas. She took second place on the bars, with a score of 9.175, and third place on the vault, with a 9.625. Read more at the CW Post Record


Acceptance Week Raises Awareness @ CHS

Freshman Odessa Thompson, 15, gets a henna tattoo from senior Hana Rabbani, 17, the vice-president of the Muslim Student Association, during Acceptance Week at Camas High School, in which four student organizations teamed up to create a week of educational events. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Brenton Riddle wants students from all backgrounds to feel welcome at Camas High School, and he thinks the way to accomplish that is through awareness.

“Awareness is the first step to acceptance,” said the Camas High School senior. “You can’t accept something you don’t know is there.”

That’s a big reason why Riddle, 17, wanted to create a spirit week at the school to honor diverse student groups. He reached out to a few organizations and came up with Acceptance Week, which took place Feb. 13-17. Read more at The Columbian

Students chosen to attend U.N. Commission

Camas High School juniors Katie Blair, left, and Tiara Naidu were picked as two of 40 teen delegates from around the country to attend the U.N.’s 61st Commission on the Status of Women, earning them a trip to New York next month.

Tiara and Blair feel like their Camas High School classmates are getting more aware of social issues around the world.

“It’s on their timelines; they can’t not see it,” said Naidu, 16. “They’re gaining more of a consciousness about it.” Read more at The Columbian (Ariane Kunze)

CHS Sets 18 Record Times @ Districts

The Camas Papermakers dominated the 4A district boys swimming meet, winning 10 of 12 finals Saturday, and set 18 district meet or pool record-times over the two-day event.

Senior Tom Utas won two individual events in his specialties — the 50 and 100 freestyles in record fashion, nonetheless — and the runner-up in each race was a swimmer he describes as his idol: Heritage’s Maksim Dolbinin.

Utas doesn’t have many chances to race Dolbinin, the defending Class 4A state champion in the 50 free and when he does, Utas calls it a special event.
Read more at The Columbian