Meet the Atlanta Brain Bee Winners!
It is our great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2022 Atlanta Brain Bee contest. We were truly amazed by the caliber, tenacity, and the breadth of knowledge possessed by our young competitors.
Our champion, Sridhanya Muppala, is a junior at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. Her spark in neuroscience ignited when she attended the summer classes at the International Youth Neuroscience Association. She discovered the Brain Bee and was motivated to participate in the Atlanta chapter and thus started a neuroscience club at her school. Her interest in pursuing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease has inspired her to think of a career trajectory in neurosurgery. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, running, and mentoring through the Village Book Builders.
The second-place winner was Jimmy Wu, a junior, in The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His fascination in neuroscience began young when he was intrigued by the functions of the brain and how such an organ could be accessed. A budding neurosurgeon as well, he began competing in the Brain Bee in his sophomore year. Alongside excelling in academics, he is an avid tennis and bowling player, involved in the National Conservation Guild, and hosts HOSA club.
In third-place, it was Elina Natu, a sophomore, from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia.Interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease, she became motivated to participate in the Brain Bee. She is keen on pursuing medicine as her career path and is hoping to shadow physicians next year. Outside of school, she plays the flute and is an ice skater.
All the competitors impressed us with their engagement with the material and it is assuring to know that the next generation of students will unravel many complexities within the realm of neuroscience.