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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 Kennedy.

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.

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