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March 3, 2005

Brainy Kids and Brain Disorders at Southampton College’s Brain Bee

Jordan Cook (

Southampton, NY- Southampton College was buzzing with tension this past Saturday as top Long Island high school students vied for first place in the sixth Annual Brain Bee.

Seventeen scholars traveled from all over Long Island to test their knowledge of the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and neurological disorders.

The winner, Jericho High School Senior Sujah Rambhia will now go on to contest the International Brain Bee to be held in Baltimore, Maryland later this month. In the last five years Southampton College has sent two winners, as well as second, third, fifth and sixth place winners to the International Brain Bee. Last year the College produced both the first and third place getters.

Internationally, the Brain Bee is part of Brain Awareness Week. Spearheaded by both the Dana Alliance, a private philanthropic foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, the goal is to motivate youth to learn about the brain and pursue careers in biomedical brain research in the war against mental retardation, cerebral palsy, spinal-cord injury and other brain disorders.

Second place went to Ryan Bremmar, a sophomore at Sachem North High School. Darshan Sokhey, a senior at West Babylon High school, who placed runner-up in last year’s competition, took a way third spot.

A thrilled but very relieved and tired Rambhia said the lead up to the competition and the actual quiz had been "very stressful" compounded by the fact that he had only managed four hours sleep on Friday night.

"Thank God for the February break which gave me time to put in the extra study I needed," he said.