Massey high School student wins Brain Bee Challenge

02 July 2014

From left: Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Brain Bee organiser Dr Maurice Curtis, teacher Andrew Parkin and 2014 North Island Brain Bee champion Nicholas Kondal
From left: Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Brain Bee organiser Dr Maurice Curtis, teacher Andrew Parkin and 2014 North Island Brain Bee champion Nicholas Kondal

Massey High School student Nicholas Kondal emerged the clear winner of the individual section of the neuroscience-based outreach.

As well as taking part in the actual quiz component of the Brain Bee challenge, students along with their teachers were given the opportunity to tour the facilities here at the faculty and the Centre for Brain Research and to conduct a range of hands-on experiments.

The students also had the chance to meet CBR researchers and graduate students, and to find out more about the role and importance of medical research and brain research in particular.

Kudos to Dr Maurice Curtis and Mirelle Powell from the CBR who were the prime drivers behind this year's smoothly run Brain Bee, and sincere thanks must also go to our adroit quizmaster Dr Jessie Jacobsen, Ken Rapson from the Schools Partnership Office and to the entire team of helpers, markers and guides from the CBR who gave up so much of their day to make our eighth Brain Bee such a success.

We must also acknowledge to faculty the support provided to the Brain Bee by its family of sponsors and in particular by the spinal injury focussed CatWalk Trust.