Teens excel at brainy challenge

Buzzing: Cabramatta High School students Minna Trinh, Quoc Dang, Dimitrije Karadarevic and Sokhaing Phork were thrilled to come second in this year's Australia-New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge. Picture: Simon Bennett

Buzzing: Cabramatta High School students Minna Trinh, Quoc Dang, Dimitrije Karadarevic and Sokhaing Phork were thrilled to come second in this year's Australia-New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge. Picture: Simon Bennett

THERE was a real buzz at Cabramatta High School last week after the school came runners-up in this year's Australia-New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge.

The competition, which aims to motivate young people to learn about neuroscience, involved groups of year 10 students gathering at the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus last Wednesday to be quizzed about the brain and its functions.

Year 10 student Quoc Dang came ninth in the state for the individual leg of the competition.

"I was very stressed and definitely didn't think I would come in the state's top 10," he said. "But I prepared myself well, studying four hours every day for the past two weeks."

The school's science head teacher Julie Piesse said it was the first time the school had competed in the event.

"I was very impressed," she said.

"We were one of the few public co-educational schools to go into the competition so not only did we go in but we came second so I was very pleased for them."

One of the students who took part in the team, Dimitrije Karadarevic, 15, said he was excited with the win.

"I was really happy to go into the state finals," he said.

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