2018 PARIS BRAIN BEE CONTESTANTS FROM EJM AND ISP

Feb 12, 2018 by

 

2018 PARIS BRAIN BEE – RESULTS

3 February, 2018: Students from two high schools battled in the first Paris Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition that is part of an international event where contestants show their knowledge of the brain.

Left to Right: Judge: PETRULYTE, 1st place winner EVGENIOU (EJM),
Judge NICHOLSON, 2nd place winner ROUWERS (ISP), Judge GEORGSDÓTTIR

Lilia Evgeniou from Ecole Jeannine Manuel (EJM) finished first, while Philine Rouwers from International School of Paris (ISP) came in second. In addition to her trophy and a one-year complimentary membership to the American Library in Paris, Evgeniou also qualified to participate in the International Brain Bee (IBB) championships in Berlin, Germany, in early July. Winners from over 50 countries will be eligible to compete in the IBB. It will be hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.

Kicking off the first France chapter of IBB, the 20 competitors participated in the 2018 Paris Brain Bee, which tests students on the anatomy of the brain, neurological disorders and diseases, memory, emotion, sleep and addiction. The questions were based on the book Neuroscience: Science of the Brain, available online to all students. The event was held at ISP in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and was open to students in grades 10-12 (seconde- terminale).

The competition was divided into several sections: Neuroanatomy identification table, a written quiz, patient diagnosis, and a podium question and answer period. Finalists from each school were chosen once the scores were tallied. Three finalists from ISP – Philine Rouwers, Violeta Gibelli and Mo Hofstede; and two finalists from EJM – Lilia Evgeniou and Celeste Borletti sparred in a jeopardy-style question and answer format. Hofstede finished third; Gibelli fourth and Borletti fifth.

Dr. Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland, USA, founded the Brain Bee in 1999 in response to the growing incidence rates of neurological diseases. “The purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young men and women to learn about the human brain. The world needs future clinicians and researchers to treat and find cures for more than 1000 neurological and psychological disorders,” Myslinski said.

The Paris Brain Bee was organized by Helen Sahin Connelly of Gifted in France, a non-profit association, in collaboration with the American Library in Paris. Special thanks go to Mariana Martini, a biology teacher from ISP, and Karen Frey, a biology teacher from EJM, whose support has helped the Paris Brain Bee take root. In 2016, Sahin Connelly and Martini organized a smaller Brain Bee event just for ISP students.

“The first year that we did it, I could not believe the students and judges showed up on competition day. I was about to cry. I was so proud of my students. This year, I was thrilled to see more students sign up and be so enthusiastic,” said Martini. “Who knows, maybe it will make a small contribution to their education and future.”

The Paris Brain Bee would not have been possible without its devoted team, which included special guest judges who traveled from Germany and the United Kingdom. LaShae Nicholson, from the German Neuroscience Olympiad and Martyna Petrulyte, the coordinator of the British Brain Bee were on hand to guide the contestants and serve as judges along with Ásta Sólveig Georgsdóttir, a cognitive psychologist with a private practice in Paris.

Heartfelt thanks to the rest of the team who filled the following roles and helped us make the event a success:

Academic content: Julianne McCall and Amanda Watson of the German Neuroscience Olympiad. Marija Backovic, Mariana Martini, Karen Frey, Ásta Sólveig Georgsdóttir, LaShae Nicholson, Martyna Petrulyte.

Supporting staff at ISP: Agustin Zuloaga Gonzalez, Mariana Martini, Simon Murray and Damian Kerr.

Supporting staff at EJM: Karen Frey, Sabine Hurley, Alan Damon and Patricia Koncewicz.

Contributing photographers at the 2018 Brain Bee: Hisham Qasmi, Elodie Larange, Lea-Anais Hachem and Alessandra Messeri.

Registration, check-in, room supervision, technical support and additional test correctors: Christine Payne, Agustin Zuloaga Gonzalez and Hisham Qasmi.

Timers: Lea-Anais Hachem and Alessandra Messeri, both are seniors at ISP and former competitors from 2016 ISP Brain Bee.

Certificates for students: Josh O’Donovan.

The Paris Brain Bee is grateful to Pauline LEmasson for her support and to the American Library in Paris for donating a one-year complimentary membership to the 1st place winner. Medals, certificates and trophies were provided by Gifted in France.

As we form our 2019 Paris Brain Bee team we hope to attract more volunteers, teachers, schools, neuroscientists, sponsors and prizes.

For information on how to join the Paris Brain Bee team or learn about how to bring the event to your school, please contact Helen Sahin Connelly at parisbrainbee@gmail.com.

Helen Sahin Connelly

Paris Brain Bee

parisbrainbee@gmail.com

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