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Apr 25
Semiahmoo students take top three titles at Brain Bee

​Some of the best brains in B.C. belong to students of Semiahmoo Secondary.

Grade 11 student Anokh Singh Dhillon, his brother Amolak Singh Dhillon and Rika Sugimoto Dimitrova, who are both in Grade 10, finished in first, second and third place, respectively, at the recent annual Brain Bee in Vancouver.

Anokh, who is in the school’s International Baccalaureate program, will now compete in the Canadian National Brain Bee to be held June 1 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.  The top student at the nationals earns the right to be called “the best brain in Canada” and to compete in the International Brain Bee in Vienna, Austria in September.

“This is another testament to our public education system,” said Semiahmoo Secondary vice-principal Lynne Porpaczy. “Our students are reaching their potential and making significant contributions to every aspect of society, in everything from engineering and mathematics to medicine and neuroscience.”

The 2011 winner of the Vancouver regional Brain Bee was also a Semiahmoo Secondary student; Kay Hung is now studying science at Stanford University.

Held at UBC’s Brain Research Centre, the Vancouver Brain Bee tests students’ knowledge of neuroscience and their skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy. Students in grades 9 through 12 are challenged to show their knowledge in the areas of memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain-imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics and brain disease.

The regional, provincial, national and international contests are aimed at raising awareness of brain research in the community and providing a mechanism to attract bright, young minds into the field of neuroscience.

The International Brain Bee was created by Dr. Norbert Myslinski at the University of Maryland in 1998.

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Students Anokh Singh Dhillon, his brother Amolak Singh Dhillon and Rika Sugimoto Dimitrova finished first, second and third, respectively, in the recent regional Brain Bee at UBC.

 

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