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Release: Jan. 29, 2003
Cedar Rapids Kennedy student wins Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee
Shiny Parsai, a senior at Kennedy High School in
Cedar Rapids, won the fourth annual Regional Brain Bee 2003, held Jan. 25
at the University of Iowa.
Parsai was one of more than 25 high school students from throughout eastern
Iowa who participated in the competition. As the winner, she will join high
school students from around the nation to compete in the International Brain
Bee in Baltimore, Md. March 14-15. Prizes at this competition include $6,000
in scholarships, medallions, a traveling trophy for the school, an individual
trophy and various other prizes.
K.J. Kreder, a senior at West High School in Iowa City, was the second-place
winner. Third place went to Julia Kieckhaefer, a sophomore from Cedar Rapids
The students were quizzed by UI faculty about the brain and its role in
memory, emotion, intelligence, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders such
as addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
"Shiny was our second-place finisher last year so I was pleased that
she returned again this year and was our winner," said Anita Riggan,
organizer of the Brain Bee. "She will be a strong representative of
the State of Iowa at the International Brain Bee. We would also like to congratulate
all the students who participated in last Saturday's competition and hope
to see them next year."
The International Brain Bee is one of the events of Brain Awareness Week,
March 10-16. Brain Awareness Week, now in its eighth year, is a public information
campaign created in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to focus
public attention on the importance of the brain and brain research. The campaign
unites the interests and activities of federal agencies, patient service
and advocacy groups, outreach organizations, professional groups, teaching
hospitals and universities and private research centers.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and
services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.