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CHAMPIONS: Alan Li, Annalyse Welford, Maria Nieto Mendoza and Madison McQuinlan took won Otago University's team Brain Bee Challenge.

A Lincoln High School student has won an Otago University medical competition about how the brain works.

Year 11 student Alan Li has been selected to travel to Sydney in December to take part in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge after winning the New Zealand equivalent.

Alan took out the New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge individual question round against 88 other South Island high school students.

Alan and fellow Lincoln student Maria Nieto Mendoza made it into the final seven competitors before he took the top prize.

Lincoln students Annalyse Welford, Breanna Gatehouse, Ryan Gibbs, Madison McQuinlan, Hannah Newell and Janelle Kwan also competed.

But that was not the only success for the school.

The school’s team won first place in the Brain Bee team challenge, making Lincoln the school champions.

Alan, Maria, Madison and Annalyse formed the team and were required to answer a mix of team and individual questions.

The school’s science head of learning area assistant, Anna Milne, said the students put a lot of hard work into their study before leaving and conducted themselves in a fantastic way while away.

As well as winning both categories of the competition, students listened to guest speakers, took part in electrostimulation labs, toured laboratories and visited Dunedin’s Anatomy Museum.