Brain Power January Newsletter
January 2022
This month's newsletter includes:
  • Student News: 
    • Pat Nova accepted to Stanford University!
    • Joanna Huang wins In Focus 2021 writing contest!
    • Justin Chen has composition performed by Royal Conservatory Glenn Gould School Trio!
    • Michael Peng selected for Johns Hopkins CTY Program! 
    • Mark Raspopov wins several math and science competitions!
  • Staff News: Dr. Karine Rashkovsky awarded the Order of Vaughan! 
  • Fall/Winter Registration: Registration for Fall/Winter 2022-23 opens in February!
  • Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2022 is ON NOW!
  • Check Out These Winter Workshops: Public Speaking (Grades 4-5 & 6-8) and Mechanics of Writing (Grades 6-8)
  • Brain Power Opens Second Location: We are offering in-person classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park!
  • Student Opportunities: contests, competitions, workshops
  • Alumni of the Month
  • ...and more! 
Registration Opens in February!

In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for our Fall/Winter 2022-23 session will open SOON!

In-person and virtual options are available!

EARLY REGISTRATION: Existing clients will receive an email on Jan. 28 offering special options for early registration from Feb. 12-20.

OPEN REGISTRATION: All other clients can register starting Feb. 22 by contacting the front office: / 905-303-5457

Check out our Fall/Winter 2022-23 schedule at the link below!
Fall/Winter 2022-23 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Registration ON NOW!

In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for our Summer 2022 session is ON NOW!
Register soon! Spaces are limited!

In-person and virtual options are available!

Check out our Summer 2022 schedule at the link below!

Please contact the office for in-person and online options
and more information:
Summer 2022 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Join Us for Our Amazing
Spatial Reasoning Workshop!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Pat Nova Accepted to
Stanford University
Brain Power student, Pat Nova, currently in Grade 12 at University of Toronto Schools, got into Stanford University! Pat plans to study biology with a focus in molecular, cell, and developmental biology.

Pat wrote to Brain Power:

Thank you for helping me build my skillset all these years. Honestly, without you, I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today, so I'm beyond grateful."
Joanna Huang Wins First Place in
In Focus 2021 Writing Contest

Brain Power Elementary 1 and Creative Writing student Joanna Huang 
WON FIRST PLACE in the In Focus 2021 writing contest for her age group!

WOW! That’s amazing!

Joanna was told that her piece was selected because of “its high degree of passion, uniqueness and creativity.”


Justin Chen's Piano Trio Performed by
Royal Conservatory Glenn Gould School Trio
Brain Power student Justin Chen composed a Piano Trio (for Piano, Violin, and Cello) and had it performed by the Royal Conservatory Glenn Gould School Trio


You can see the performance here:
Michael Peng Selected for
Johns Hopkins CTY Program

Brain Power student Michael Peng has been selected for the prestigious Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program!

The CTY program is is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. 


If you are interested in more information about CTY or other such advanced programs contact our office:

Mark Raspopov Wins
Several Math and Science Competitions

Brain Power student Mark Raspopov won several awards last month!


He earned a perfect score and 6 Gold awards for the Gray Jay Competition (three overall awards for Grades 8 and under and three awards for Grade 5).

He earned a perfect score for the American Math Olympiad (AMO) and was ranked #1 in the world. 

He also became the World Champion for the International Junior Math Olympiad (IJMO) and received a Gold medal. 

He was also ranked #1 globally for the i-STEM Science Contest as well.
He is qualified for the Final Round which will be in Germany in July 2022. 


Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
Awarded the Order of Vaughan

On December 21, 2021,  Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Founder and Director of Brain Power, received the Order of Vaughan, which “recognizes individuals who have been influential in shaping our city and contributed to the greater good of the community.”

At the ceremony, Karine accepted her award from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, and several Brain Power alumni presented heartfelt speeches about their journeys through the years with Brain Power.

To View the Video - CLICK HERE!
New Newsletter from Scientia Initiative -
a Science Youth Journal! A must-read!

Check out the latest newsletter from the Scientia initiative: CLICK HERE!

Brain Power instructor Maryam Mahjoob co-founded the Scientia Initiative with her peer, Amelia Yuan.

The Scientia Initiative was created to connect youth with current research findings in a variety of academic fields,


Alumni of the Month:
Max Tang

Education: Computer Science at the University of Waterloo

Career Trajectory: Computer Programmer

Thoughts on Brain Power: I had class with Jason for the better part of four years, and it was nothing but pleasurable. As someone who was not born in an English speaking country, Jason made me interested in English and helped me learn about how to approach literature and writing as a whole, which helped in every aspect of my life. Without Jason, I would not have had the same success I have now.

To See More of Our Alumni - CLICK HERE!
Brain Power Opens SECOND Location
in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park

Brain Power is excited to announce that we are offering classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) for Winter 2022 (January to June). MIP is “Canada’s premier research and innovation park.

We are offering a range of in-person courses and workshops in Language ArtsMath, and Public Speaking (ranging from 4 to 21 lessons in length). 

See our article in The Hamilton Spectator: CLICK HERE! 


If you refer a friend to our Hamilton location, you can get a discount on your fee payment (whether you are enrolled in Vaughan or Hamilton).

Refer a friend and get $50 off! 
Refer two friends and $100 off!
Refer three friends and get $150 off!
Refer four friends and get $200 off!
Refer five friends and get $250 off!

Registration for January-June classes is on NOW!

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Contests & Opportunities
SIMCC International STEM Contests

The Singapore International Mastery Challenge Center (SIMCC) has made several international STEM contests available to Canadian students! 

Vanda International Science Competition:
Dr. CT Informatics: CLICK HERE
SASMO - Singapore & Asian Schools Math Olympiad - CLICK HERE
For General Information - CLICK HERE!
CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

Attention Brain Power high-school students! Boost your academic CV building and gain some experiential science learning opportunities!  

The Canadian National Brain Bee Competition 2022 - Brain and Neuroscience is hosted by McMaster University for students in Grades 9 - 12. WOW!

The competition date is to be determined.

Volunteers can apply at
Check out:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. In 2021, students across America entered nearly 230,000 original works in 28 different categories of art and writing.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!

The Global Youth Challenge is a worldwide competition that consists of public speaking, essay writing, and creative projects that grapple with the topic of artificial intelligence and the impact that it will have on humanity. 

Youths from around the world will be required to submit a 300 - 500 word essay plus a one-minute video speech, or a visual artwork plus a one-minute video speech. 

Each entry will examine the possible benefits and potential harm and threat that artificial intelligence poses to humanity through different perspectives.

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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WHAT: You can submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum word count.

WHEN: The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions until Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Carl Sandburg Poetry Contest
Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest

Submissions are accepted from Grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. 

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story's 18th Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers is now open.

The Short Story competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro.


Contest Deadline March 15, 2022 – 11:59pm PST

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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A writing contest for kids ages 8-12.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Young Voices Magazine
Young Voices Magazine, Toronto Public Library's magazine of creative writing and visual art, is full of writing and art created and selected by Toronto youth age 12-19.

You can submit your art, photography, comics, stories, poems and writing.

Submissions are accepted year-round.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
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