Brainy student to represent NZ
An Auckland school boy will be heading to the US to represent New Zealand in the International Brain Bee Challenge.
Sixteen year old Stephen Mackereth, a year 11 student from Kings College, was named New Zealand winner of the Brain Bee Challenge finals held at the Queensland Brain Institute.
Stephen won his way through two rounds of neuroscience questions, an anatomy exam and a doctor-patient diagnosis test to really impress the judges with his out- standing knowledge of brain function and disease.
As winner of the NZ Brain Bee, Stephen now has the right to compete at the International Brain Bee Challenge in Baltimore in 2009.
Stephen Mackereth looks much the same as any other young man his age. But in what might be a clue to his inner strengths, he admits a passion for learning “almost anything”.
“My favourite subjects have always been maths and the sciences, but I enjoy languages too. I’ve studied Latin and Spanish, and I’m currently trying to teach myself Ancient Greek.”
“It is very exciting to have New Zealand represented for the first time at the International Brain Bee Challenge,” says Associate Professor Louise Nicholson, the New Zealand Coordinator. “All of us including our major sponsors, the Neurological Foundation of NZ and the CatWalk Trust, are thrilled at the way our schools have taken on the Brain Bee Challenge.