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2017 provincial Brain Storm

This year’s Brain Storm competitors pose May 6 in St. John's.
This year’s Brain Storm competitors pose May 6 in St. John's.

The 2017 provincial Brain Storm was held May 6. High school students in grades 10 -12 from across the province came to Memorial University in St. John’s to compete in the spelling bee-style competition on neuroscience.

Brain Storm winners f(rom left )t: 1st place William Hibbs from Ascension Collegiate, 2nd place Kayla Warren from St. James Regional High School, Port aux Basques, and 3rd place Owen Martin from Holy Heart high school, St. John’s. Each student is holding a chocolate plaque made by the Newfoundland Chocolate Company.

The competition is funded by the Society for Neuroscience and Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Jacqueline Vanderluit, a neuroscientist in the Faculty of Medicine and her PhD graduate student, Ms. Kathleen Fifield co-organized the Brain Storm by recruiting high school science teachers from across the province to encourage their students to study the Neuroscience: Science of the Brain book after which they wrote the In-School Quiz. This year, 104 students from 16 different high schools competed in the In-School Quiz. The top 50 students were invited to MUN to compete. Each student stood up with the microphone to answer questions.
The top three students emerged and competed in the third and last sudden-death stage of the competition. William Hibbs, a grade 12 student from Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts placed first, Kayla Warren, a grade 12 student from St James Regional high school, Port aux Basques placed second and Owen Martin, a grade 12 student from Holy Heart high school, St John’s placed third. William Hibbs will represent Newfoundland at the national Brain Bee competition at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario May 27. Each student competitor walked away with a certificate, a T-shirt and a dark chocolate brain made by the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. Additional prizes were donated by local businesses including: the Fluvarium, MUN’s botanical garden, Baddy, Freak Lunchbox, Tim Horton’s and the Ice Caps Hockey Team. For information on the Canadian Brain Bee Competition go to

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