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Release: Feb. 19, 2002

Iowa City West High School student wins Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- K.J. Kreder, a junior at West High School in Iowa City, was the winner of the third annual Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee, held Feb. 16 at the University of Iowa. Kreder was one of more than 20 high school students from throughout eastern Iowa who participated in the competition.

Kreder will join high school students from around the nation to compete in the National Brain Bee March 16 in Baltimore, Md. Prizes at this competition include $6,000 in scholarships, medallions, a traveling trophy for the school, an individual trophy and various other prizes.

Shiny Parsai, a sophomore from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, was the second place winner. Stacy Gardner, a freshman also from Cedar Rapids Kennedy, took third place.

The students were quizzed by UI faculty about the brain and its role in memory, emotion, intelligence, stress, aging and sleep, and brain disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

"We are delighted to have K.J. representing eastern Iowa at the National Brain Bee. He came well prepared and answered his questions in a most intelligent and entertaining fashion. We would also like to congratulate all the students who participated in this year's competition and hope to see them next year," said Anita Riggan, organizer of the Brain Bee.

The National Brain Bee is one of the events of Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17). Brain Awareness Week, now in its sixth year, has united the Society for Neuroscience and the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives with a coalition of over 1,200 scientific, health and patient advocacy organizations that share an interest in increasing public awareness of brain and nervous system research.

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