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The 11 finalists in the Chicago-area Brain Bee focus intently on writing their answers during the competition at Lake Forest College on Saturday, Feb. 8. Photos by Peter Kaspari/22nd Century Media
Monica Narain, 15 (left) and Courtney Redey, 17, reveal their answers to the final question during the finals of the Chicago-area Brain Bee at Lake Forest College on Saturday, Feb. 8. Narain ended up winning the competition after the two were tied for 16 consecutive questions.
Krisha Shah, 17, a senior at Adlai Stevenson High School, looks at a piece of a brain under a microscope during a tour at Lake Forest College before the finals of the Chicago-area Brain Bee.
Chicago-area Brain Bee winner Monica Narain, 15, a student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, stands on stage after her win.
Courtney Redey, 17, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School, examines a brain during a break at the Chicago-area Brain Bee. Redey ended up taking second place in the competition.
Monica Narain, 15, gets a hug from her father, Ram Narain, following her win at the Chicago-area Brain Bee.
Peter Kaspari, Editor
3:00 am CST February 11, 2020
The final moments of the Chicago-area Brain Bee on Saturday, Feb. 8, may have been the most intense in the four years the event has been held at Lake Forest College.