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Success at New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge

More than 160 students competed in the 2018 New Zealand Brain Bee Competition, in which ACG Parnell College student Sophia Ye, Year 11, won the individual category.

ACG Parnell College student Sophia Ye, Year 11, has won the individual category of the 2018 New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge. ACG Parnell College placed second in the team category.

More than 160 students competed in the competition, which aims to help students in Year 11 learn about the brain and its functions, discover the latest discoveries in neuroscience research, dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses and to find out about the career opportunities brain research has to offer.

It was held this month at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

The result was the best on record for the school. Former ACG Parnell College student Raghav Ramachandran who received six university scholarships and an offer to study medicine at the University of Oxford this year credits his participation in the competition with stoking his interest in neuroscience. In his year, his team placed third.

The New Zealand competition is one of approximately 175 Brain Bee competitions in more than 50 countries, engaging over 25,000 students across six continents every year.

Congratulations to all students who took part: Sophia Ye; Elianor Kapelevich; Gabriella Kazenbroot-Phillips; Dani Lu; Sylvia Li; and Abisha Goh.

ACG Parnell College’s six competitors were tutored by four Year 12 students who competed last year and willingly gave up their breaks to tutor their peers. Thank you to Neha Ashok, Sophie Cooper, Tessa Barker and Sharon Li for this contribution.