Past New South Wales State Champions

NSW State Champions

2017

Individual Champions:

  1. Wenjing Chen, James Ruse Agricultural High School
  2. Nusrat Samiya, Malek Fahd Islamic School
  3. Chelsy Teng, James Ruse Agricultural High School

Team Champions

  1. James Ruse Agricultural High School
  2. Strathfield Girls High School
  3. Baulkham Hills High School

2015

The winner of the Individual Challenge was Onur Tanglay, from Sydney Secondary College Balmain, Sydney. Reuben Wallace, from MET School, Wagga Wagga was the runner up and Ragavi Jeyakumar, from Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale came third in the competition.

In the Team Challenge, James Ruse Agricultural High School were the champions, with MET School Wagga Wagga in second place and Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale coming third.

2014

Cheered on by family and supporters, 124 of our best and brightest Year 10 students from 48 schools convened at the Western Sydney University's School of Medicine to compete in the State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

The winner of the Individual Challenge was Jade Pham, from James Ruse Agricultural High School.

Second and third places, respectively, were awarded to Natasha Asif, from Beverly Hills Girls High School, and Oliver Hills, from Meadowbank Educational Trust School, Wagga Wagga.

For the team event, the James Ruse Agricultural High School team was awarded first place followed by Cabramatta High School in second place, and Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in third place.

The NSW State Champion Jade Pham, will go on to compete at the national titles held next year at the Australian Neuroscience Society meeting in Western Australia. The winner of that competition goes on to represent Australia at the International Brain Bee Challenge.

In addition to the thrill of competing, the first, second and third place individual winners received iPods and neuroscience books donated by Western Sydney University and a conditional scholarship valued up to $20,000 to study at the university. The winning team were given neuroscience books for their school, with members of the team receiving iPods from Western Sydney University.

2013

The Western Sydney University School of Medicine hosted the State finals of the 2013 Australian Brain Bee Challenge. Students from high schools throughout NSW – including Greater Western Sydney, remote schools in Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Tweed Heads – tested their knowledge on a range of neuroscience topics.

The students competed in live question and answer rounds where they were tested on topics relating to the structure and function of the human brain - such as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, sleep and addiction.

After an intense and close competition, Ricky Chung, from James Ruse Agricultural High School, won the individual event, with second and third places respectively awarded to Riyan Fahim, from Hurlstone Agricultural High School and Neha Mahajan from Baulkham Hills High School.

For the team event, James Ruse Agricultural High School was awarded first place and Baulkham Hills High School second place and third went to Meadowbank Educational Trust School, Wagga Wagga.

2012

124 of the brightest Year 10 students in NSW converged on the Western Sydney University's School of Medicine to compete in the 2012 State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

Individual and team competitors battled out each round, to the sounds of their school cheer squads, with the ultimate prize of Brain Bee NSW State Champion ultimately being awarded to Vivienne Qingyu Zhang, from Ascham School. Second and third places were awarded to Suvercha Khattar, from Blacktown Girls High School, and Jasmine Nguyen, from Cabramatta High School, respectively.

For the team competition, James Ruse Agricultural High School was awarded first place, Penrith High School second place, and Baulkham Hills High School secured third place.

2011

Only one point separated first place to second place and one point separated second to third. It was a very close competition!

Alexander Wojno from Duval High School, was declared the NSW State Champion. 2nd place went to Kane Hausfield from Penrith High School and 3rd place went to Shena Cooke from Lindisfarne Anglican School.

Baulkham Hills High took out first place in the team event. 2nd place went to Presbyterian Ladies' College and 3rd place team to Hunters Hill High School.

2010

From a field of 1,476 Year 10 high school entrants across the state, Wasiul Hoque from Baulkham Hills High School, was declared the state champion of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge at the Western Sydney University.

Wasiul, from Baulkham Hills High School, won the individual competition, second and third place were awarded to Mercy Saw, from Presbyterian Ladies' College Sydney and Jim Ng, from James Ruse Agricultural High School.

The results were mirrored in the school team competition with Baulkham Hills High winning first place, Presbyterian Ladies' College Sydney second and James Ruse Agricultural High School third.

As the winner of the NSW Finals, Wasiul will go on as the NSW representative at the National finals later this year. To acknowledge the achievement of the top three students in the finals, UWS has awarded each of them a conditional $20,000 scholarship to attend the Western Sydney University.

Other prizes awarded include books for the winning students and their schools and iPods provided by the NSW event sponsors, the Western Sydney University and ADInstruments.

2009

Over 120 Year 10 high school students from 34 schools around NSW gathered for the 2009 NSW finals of Australian Brain Bee Challenge at the Western Sydney University Campbelltown campus.

After a very close final round Andrew Li, a Year 10 student from James Ruse Agricultural High School, was declared the NSW State Champion. The tightly contested final required 30 minutes of additional time and extra questions to separate the three finalists. 2nd place went to Elizabeth Huynh, also from James Ruse Agricultural High, while 3rd place went to Jedda Elliott from The Illawarra Grammar School.

The place getters in the individual event each received a $20,000 scholarship from the Western Sydney University to be used for any course , other than Medicine, provided they meet the usual entry requirements.

The team event was won by students from Baulkham Hills High School.

Last year's NSW finalist, Jayson Jeganathan from Baulkham Hills High School went on to win the National finals, and presented the trophy to this year's NSW winner.

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