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2017 World Brain Bee Champion announced

09 August, 2017 in Neuroscience News

FENS warmly congratulates the 2017 World Brain Bee Champion, Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, USA.

Future neuroscientists from around the world met in Washington, DC this week to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship. The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students, 13 to 19 years of age. It was hosted by the American Psychological Association.

The 2017 World Brain Bee Champion is Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, USA. Sojas has a breath taking history of accomplishments. He is the captain of his school’s Quiz Bowl Team, and was state MVP for the last two years. He placed third in the National Geographic Bee in 2015. Last year, he was chosen for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Whiz Kids Edition. By the end of the game show, he had won $250,000, and later donated some of his winnings to his school district and a children’s hospital. He is also a member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra where he plays violin as first chair. 

Second Place went to Milena Malcharek of August Witkowski High School in Cracow, Poland. Third Place went to Elwin Raj A/L P. Raj Vethamuthu from Sbpi Gopeng High School in Malaysia. Germany and Israel tied for fourth place, and Iran came in fifth. Sixth thru tenth places went to Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Korea.

Next year the World Brain Bree Championship will be hosted by the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany.

The International Brain Bee President and Founder is Dr. Norbert Myslinski of The University of Maryland Dental School, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences. He states that the purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young men and women to study the brain, and to inspire them to consider careers in the basic and clinical neurosciences. We need them to treat and find cures for the 1000 neurological and psychological disorders around the world. The Brain Bee motto is “We Build Better Brains to Fight Brain Disorders.”

Click here to access the full press release and the list of  2017 World Brain Bee Competitor Information.

Legend: Third Place, First Place, Founder, Second Place

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