On Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, 2021, Veda Deyananda (as the 2020 Atlanta champion) and Chinmay Joshi (as the 2021 Atlanta champion) represented Georgia in the US National Brain Bee which was held as a virtual competition (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). CBN was pleased to host Veda and Chinmay in the Petit Science Center at Georgia State University on these days while our Brain Bee volunteers proctored their virtual participation.

A little more about our 2020 and 2021 Champions:

Veda won the 2020 Atlanta Brain Bee as an eighth-grader from Randolph Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently a sophomore at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Veda has a passion for neuroscience and molecular biology, and she enjoys pursuing these subjects. She is a member of the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA), where she hosts brain bee study sessions, creates neuroscience resources, and explores interdisciplinary neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.

Chinmay is now a senior at Walton High School interested in neuroscience, computer science,and astrophysics. He is a two-time semifinalist for the USA Biology Olympiad (2020 and 2021) and an avid Science Olympiad competitor, having won multiple awards at the regional and state level. Additionally, he is an active member of Walton’s Science Bowl Team, which recently placed first in the state of Georgia and will compete in the National Science Bowl in May 2021. He is also a member of his high school tennis team and enjoys playing tennis with friends. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, playing the piano, programming, and following the latest updates in enthusiast computing and space exploration. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a surgeon.

2021: Chinmay Joshi from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, was our 2021 Champion. Coming in second place was Shreyas Gupta from Wheeler High School, also in Marietta, and Keerthi Dwarampudi in third place from Lambert High School in Suwanee. North Atlanta students – way to represent!!

2020: It is such a pleasure to announce that our 2020 Champion’s title and $100 first-place prize went to our youngest champion, Veda Dayananda from Charlotte, North Carolina. Our second-place winner was Melissa Du from Durham, North Carolina, and Nipun Gorantla from Matthews, North Carolina was our third-place winner. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Veda represented Georgia in the Virtual 2021 USA Brain Bee in April 2021 alongside our 2021 representative, Chinmay Joshi.

2019: The 2019 Atlanta Regional Brain Bee Champion title and $100 grand prize was awarded to Henry Shen of Oak Ridge, TN. Henry was able to compete in our Atlanta Brain Bee since Tennessee did not have a competition in their state. Our second-place winner was Aditi Pande of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and third place winner was Skylar Ragsdale of Lambert High School in Suwanee. Henry went on to represent Georgia and placed FOURTH at the National Brain Bee Competition at the Penn State College of Medicine in March 2019. See News Story

2018: First place went to Aayush Setty, a sophomore from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA, who represented the state of Georgia at the 2018 U.S. National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland. Aayush placed 6th at Nationals.

2017: First place went to Anish Bikmal, a sophomore from South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA, who represented the state of Georgia at the 2017 U.S. National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland.Bikmal placed 19th at Nationals.

2016: First place went to William Ellsworth, a freshman from Walton High School, who will represent the state of Georgia at the 2016 U.S. National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland. Ellsworth placed 3rd at Nationals.

2015: First place went to Pranav Prabu, a senior from Chattahoochee High School, who represented the state of Georgia at the 2015 U.S. National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland.

2014: The 2014 Atlanta Regional Brain Bee Champion title and $100 grand prize was awarded to Ranjani Sundaresan from Alpharetta High School. Second place and the $75 cash prize won Pyung On Choi from Lake Mary High School. Third place award and $50 check went to Pranav Prabu from Chattahoochee High School. All three top winners were high school junior students.

2013:  Grand prize winner was Anirudh Udutha, from Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology, class of 2014. Our second-place finisher was Sara Dada, also from Wheeler HS, class of 2013. Third place was awarded to Pyung On (Grace) Choi from Rockmore, GA.

2012:  Grand prize winner was Shawn Albert of Snellville, who is a senior at The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. The second-place finisher was Sara Dada (junior, Wheeler High School) and third place was awarded to Karim Lakhani (sophomore, Douglas County High School).

2011:  Grand prize winner was Hyun Kim from Walton High School. Second and third place winners were Joe Zerkus from Whitewater High School and Collin Campbell from Mountain View High School.

2008:  First Brain Bee finisher was Murat Johnson from Parkview High School.  Jui Bhingarde from Milton High School won second place, and Yifei Lui from Chattahoochee High School – third place.

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