Cathedral Catholic junior wins third annual San Diego Regional Brain Bee

Abby Stuart, a junior from Cathedral Catholic High School, competed with 35 students from 17 local high schools and came out the winner of the third San Diego Regional Brain Bee competition held at The Neurosciences Institute on Jan. 29.

Abby will go on to represent the San Diego area at the National Brain Bee competition to be held March 17-18 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Abby took home a trophy, a $500 gift certificate, and will receive round-trip airfare and accommodations for two to the National competition.

Vaishnavi Rao, a 10th-grader from Canyon Crest Academy was 1st runner up and received a $250 gift certificate. The next three finishers received $100 gift certificates and were Marci Rosenberg, Priyanka Bisarya, and Praneet Mylavarapu, all from Torrey Pines High School. All participants received t-shirts, a take-away bag of goodies, and a certificate of participation. They competed in front of an audience of parents, siblings, teachers, and neuroscientists.

The Brain Bee is a live Q&A competition that tests students’ knowledge of brain function and dysfunction, physiology and chemistry. Using "Brain Facts," a text developed by the Society for Neuroscience and the Dana Foundation, all students answered three randomly picked questions during the First Round, with the top 10 finalists announced after a short break.

Rounding out the top 10 were Michael Bergsma (Francis Parker School), Apoorva Mylavarapu (Torrey Pines High), Devan Diwanji (Francis Parker School), Gautam Soundararajan (Francis Parker School), and Gi Hye Im (Eastlake High School). Each contestant was eliminated after they missed three questions in the Final Round.

Life Technologies, The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, The Neurosciences Institute, the Dorris Neurosciences Center, and the San Diego Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience sponsored the competition.



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