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September 2019
Brain Power Students'
Entrance Exam Successes!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky and other instructors with successful Entrance Exam Prep students!
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 students who earned acceptance to special schools/programs this year!

Here are the schools/programs they're in now (and got accepted to):

Aadi Aggarwal - UTS
Alyssa Grant - MaCS
Charmaine Chui - IB
David Zhuang – IB
Dean Chen – UCC
Denis Goubkine – IB
Dora Zhao - IB
Hannah Park  - IB
Isabella Li – IB
Justin Li  – IB
Kaitlyn Leung - Havergal
Kiana Firoozian – IB
Margaret Medleva - IB
Mahbod Babeaei Jandaghi – IB, MaCS
Karim Elzokm– St. Andrew’s College, Cairo American College
Mikael Haji  - IB 
Mikhail G Alam – MaCS
Misba Momin -  IB 
Nathan Wang - IB
Parya Masoudian – IB
Rachel Pevsner - IB
Risha Reddy  - UTS, MaCS, TOPS
Samantha Ma - IB
Sai Sujay Anamangandla  - IB
Sheli Tonkonogi  - IB
Thomas Yang  – IB
Yaus Touri  - IB
Suraiya Jiwani  – HMST, MaCS
Yusuf Ali Jaffer – IB, AP
Zan Bajwa - IB
Upayan Roy - UTS
Soham Chakraborty - UTS
Daniel Lian - IB, TOPS, UTS
Michelle Beillis - IB
Tara Houman - IB
Parmida Moulayi-Bazneh - IB
Vahman Rajasiva– UCC
Aashna Nadarajah - IB
Adam Price - IB
Aiden Hilkowitz - IB

Ava Hilkowitz – IB
Alex Sun - IB, MaCS
Catherine Shevelevich - IB
Charles Chen - IB 
Dana Korolov – IB
Daniel Feldman - IB
Farin Liravi - IB
Ishan Garg - MaCS, HMST
Jarmin Weng - UTS
Jerry Di – IB
Karan Minaei - IB, TOPS
Mehka Gnanendran - IB
Naveen Singh –  HMST
Erica Samareanu - TOPS
Nicholas Afonin – IB
Nick Zhong Han Chen – IB
Owen Wang - IB
Peter Ip - IB
Rania Qureshi - IB
Rebecca Beagley - IB
Samara Mathew - IB
Sarah Stolarsky - IB
Zainab Khan - IB
Heavin An - UTS
Daria Picu- UTS
Michael Su - UTS
Gurleen Toor - IB
Iris Lee – UTS, Branksome Hall
Stefan Zorcic - IB
Ray Chen - IB
Yuri Kotelnikov - IB 
Emily Xu – IB, Havergal (Scholarship)
Ana Mocanu - MaCS
Jason Kim  - MaCS
Eunice Lau - IB
Maya Berinde - IB
Isaac Ching – IB
Priya Bordoloi - IB
Eva Illion - TOPS
Saesha Kukreja - TOPS

University Entrance Success Stories!
Brain Power is thrilled to share some university entrance success stories from students who attended our University Preparation workshop in 2018! 

We also look forward to the success of our 2019 University Prep students (Grade 12)! (Note: Our University Prep workshop begins in November. Spaces are limited. Contact 
Michal Moshkovich has chosen to attend McMaster's Health Sciences program with a $2,500 scholarship offer. She was also offered admission to Queen's Health Sciences (Chancellor's Scholarship - $36,000), Guelph University Biomedical Science (Board of Governors' Scholarship - $20,000), and Western University Medical Science (Scholar's Elective Program Admission).

Kelsey Gao has chosen to attend McMaster's Health Sciences program with a $2,500 scholarship offer. She was also offered admission to McGill Biological, Biomedical, Life Sciences; McGill Math, Physical, Computer, Earth Sciences; Queen's Computing ($2,000); Queen's Arts - English ($2,000); Western Medical Sciences ($10,000), Western Computer Science ($10,000); University of Toronto Computer Science.

Vishva Purolit has been accepted to Ryerson's Engineering program with a $10,000 scholarship offer.

Max Tang has chosen to attend the University of Waterloo's Computer Science program with a $4,000 scholarship offer.

Yaroslava Samokhina has chosen to attend York University's Health Management program with a $1,500 scholarship offer.

Lilly Yukhtman has chosen to attend Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo with a $1,000 scholarship offer.

Patricia Poiana has chosen to attend the McEwan School of Architecture in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program.

Natalie Kwong has chosen to attend the Integrated Sciences program at McMaster University.

Brain Power Students Attend
DECA GRIT Conference!
Brain Power students Christopher Lam, Carolyn Zhu, and Miyuki Mori at DECA GRIT conference
This summer Brain Power students Christopher Lam, Carolyn Zhu, and Miyuki Mori attended the DECA GRIT conference at the University of Waterloo!

Miyuki says, "Overall, it was a really informative conference, and I acquired a lot of new tips and tricks to be successful in my DECA competitions."

Cora Usurelu
Wins SHAD Cup at McGill University!

Congratulations to Brain Power alumna Cora Usurelu who won the SHAD Cup at McGill University this summer!

Cora heard about SHAD through our posting of Student Opportunities at Brain Power. Brain Power director and founder, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, supported Cora with her application essay and connected her with previous Brain Power students who attended SHAD.

Cora attributes her success to winning the SHAD Cup to her Public Speaking class at Brain Power!


Andrew Zhou
Creates Toronto Robotics Society!

This summer Brain Power student Andrew Zhou created the Toronto Robotics Society, a non-profit organization. Andrew and some of his very experienced robotics colleagues then ran a summer robotics program over the first two weeks of August.

Andrew says: "[The program was] designed to be suitable for students that have no experience in robotics, but also for students who are interested in joining our teams and competing over fall/winter."

Andrew even came in to recruit potential Robotics Club members from Brain Power! How great to see Brain Power students creating opportunities for other Brain Power students! 

To find out more information, check out:


Ernst Ma
Speaks at Conference in Hong Kong!
Brain Power Public Speaking alumni Ernst Ma had an amazing opportunity to wow three major CEOs, and the public speaking skills he learned at Brain Power came in handy! Ernst was in Hong Kong this summer, interning for a biodegradable plastic company called Global Acceleration. The product he is pitching in the video below is a biodegradable, compostable, super-strong plastic that is high and low temperature resistant. Amazing!

To see the video on Facebook, click here! 

Ernst wrote a note to Brain Power's founder and director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, saying that when he wrote his speech, he made sure to write in the dramatic pauses and hand gestures that he learned in Brain Power's Public Speaking class.

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
at Girl Expo and Create Conference

Brain Power's director and founder, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, will be a guest speaker at Girl Expo Canada 2019! This amazing event takes place on Sunday, October 20!

"Girl Expo Canada is a one day extravaganza for girls ages 5-12 to celebrate all they are, can do and can become. This one day event will empower girls to discover their potential through workshops, activities, guest speakers and entertainment."

For More Info on Girl Expo - CLICK HERE!
Karine  will also be speaking at the Create Conference in Markham Nov 22-24. 

Create is open to high-school students and promises to be an amazing leadership experience!
For More Info on Create - CLICK HERE!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
Nominated for CSPN Women in Leadership Entrepreneur of the Year!
Brain Power's director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, has been nominated for the 3rd annual CSPN Women in Leadership - Entrepreneur of the Year Award! 

The awards celebrate "tenacious, impactful, and successful women who work hard everyday to strengthen their brand, their community, and advance the customer experience industry."  
Alumni of the Month:
Diana Pik

Education : York U. (B.Sc. Biology)

Awards/Achievements: Conducting an Honours thesis in Biology; York U. Entrance Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power provided me with critical writing, presentation, and public speaking skills that have guided me throughout my academic and work careers. Recently, I drew on the public speaking and presenting skills I learned at Brain Power to present some of my research at a symposium at York University.


"To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program. Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too! [...] This program is open internationally to any and all readers under 18 years of age, their teachers, and librarians."

How it works: 
1) Find your or your child's appropriate level on the Mensa for Kids website. 
2) Print off the appropriate reading list and start reading!
3) Read all the books on the list and submit the form. 
4) Receive a recognition certificate and T-shirt in the mail!

For More Information: CLICK HERE!
STUDENT WRITING CONTEST! Hosted by World in Focus, In Focus is an international writing and art contest for youth from the ages of 10 to 18. The contest is dedicated to raising awareness on vision and eye care. Having held the first In Focus contest in 2017, the World in Focus team has since received over 400 masterpieces from 50+ different countries. Once again, the WiF team is so excited to see all of the incoming submissions this year. Good luck and happy submitting!
Submissions open: September 8 – November 8, 2019
For More Information: CLICK HERE!
Interested in Gifted Testing?
Make an Appointment with Nanci Goldman
Gifted testing provides information on a child's abilities and exceptionalities and results may be utilized for certain advanced-placement academic programs in various private and public schools.

Brain Power can help by connecting you with our in-house specialist Nanci Goldman (pictured left). 

Nanci has over 15 years of experience as a Psychoeducational Consultant in the public school board.  In this setting, she provides consultation and comprehensive assessment of children/adolescents with diverse needs (e.g. intellectual, academic, social, emotional, behavioural).  
Nanci completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She is registered in the area of school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. 
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