Brainy stu­dent to rep­re­sent NZ

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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.

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