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Flexing the cortex

Lisa Brenner of Seven Hills School is disappointed. Her team missed the first place at the recent Brain Buster Challenge at Bitney College Prep High School by a single point.

Another team from Seven Hills took the trophy at the contest that tested students in science and technology, history, English, art and music, geography and a physical challenge. This was the second year of the competition which was held Feb. 9.

“We all used teamwork to meet the challenge and it was very challenging,” Brenner said. “(Participating in the event) I learned about my peers. I met other people from other schools as well.”

The Brain Buster Challenge “is an academic competition for eighth graders from local middle schools,” said Marshall Goldberg, principal of Britney College Prep High School. “The participants answer questions in math, science, arts, music and English. It’s a team event.”

This year, seven teams participated from five schools. They were Seven Hills School, Union Hill School, Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley Charter School and Pleasant Valley School, Goldberg said.

While the winning team received a trophy that they’ll get to keep in their school for a year, there was another award for the team that “showed the most spirit during the event,” Goldberg said.

In addition, every participant got a “goodie bag with things like tickets to local movies and free ice-cream,” he added.

According to Goldberg, the questions asked during the contest are put together by teachers of Bitney College Prep.

“Several teachers and the charter council came up with the idea (of the competition),” Goldberg said. “It was a means to promote education and academic excellence in our community.”


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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