Highlights

Scroll down to see some great highlights from our newsletters, book club events, guest speakers, and field trips!
 

Joze Piranian Visits!

NOVEMBER 22ND, 2018

We were excited to welcome Joze Piranian to our Public Speaking class on November 12th! Joze is a lifelong stutterer on the quest to confront his fears one stage a time. After spending most of his life avoiding speaking out of the fear of being judged for being “different,” he is now a TEDx speaker, Inspirational Speaker of the Year at Speaker Slam in 2017, and a stand-up comedian who has performed at the laugh Factory (Chicago), the Broadway Comedy Club (NY), Comedy Nest (Montreal), and Absolute Comedy...

Andreea Wins at DECA!

NOVEMBER 22ND, 2018

Brain Power Public Speaking, Language Arts, and Math & Problem Solving student Andreea Murariu recently won some impressive awards atDECA! She won Top Overall Competitor, Top Oral Speaking Score, and Top MC Exam Score! Andreea says that her classes at Brain Power help her have the edge over other competitors: “Brain Power, thank you so much for always supporting me!” We are so proud of her! Way to go, Andreea!

Ana Mocanu Wins Queen’s Commonwealth Competition

NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018

Brain Power student Ana Stefania Mocanu (pictured left) recently won a Bronze Medal for her essay in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, an international essay writing competition for youth aged 18 and under! In 2018, there were 12,000 entries from across the Commonwealth! This is amazing news! For more about the competition, check out this link: https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/ We are so proud of you, Ana! 
Congratulations!

David Firer Wins Governor General’s Medal

NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018

We are very proud of our alumnus of the month, David Firer (pictured left), who was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal for 2017-2018. “The Bronze Medal is awarded for academic excellence to the student who achieves the highest average upon graduating from a secondary school.” About winning the award, David says: “I definitely wouldn’t have been able to win the Governor General’s Academic Medal without the help that I  received from everyone at Brain Power! Once again, thank you so much. Without the support from...

Lingustics Book Club! (Nov. 24)

OCTOBER 26TH, 2018

If we had to, would humans actually be able to talk to aliens? Backed by science, Brain Power tackles this fascinating linguistics puzzle—and more—at our fall book club, hosted by Dr. Karine Rashkovsky and our resident linguist, Dr. Cassandra Chapman! See the details below!

The Secret Garden

DECEMBER 3RD, 2017

Orphaned Mary Lennox is a spoiled, selfish, and unpleasant child whose parents died of a cholera epidemic in India. Transported to a distant family estate in Britain, Mary  dislikes it and the people at first – until she discovers they key to a  long-abandoned secret garden hidden on the property. Along with the maid’s younger brother, Dickon, Mary begins to cultivate the garden. This leads her to find her reclusive cousin Colin, a boy  confined to a wheelchair, whose father –always...

Joze Piranian Visits!

NOVEMBER 22ND, 2018

We were excited to welcome Joze Piranian to our Public Speaking class on November 12th! Joze is a lifelong stutterer on the quest to confront his fears one stage a time. After spending most of his life avoiding speaking out of the fear of being judged for being “different,” he is now a TEDx speaker, Inspirational Speaker of the Year at Speaker Slam in 2017, and a stand-up comedian who has performed at the laugh Factory (Chicago), the Broadway Comedy Club (NY), Comedy Nest (Montreal), and Absolute Comedy...

Patrick de Belen

JUNE 14TH, 2017

On June 21st, Brain Power’s Public Speaking students were visited by award-winning poet, youth educator, and workshop facilitator, Patrick de Belen! For the past seven years, Patrick has visited about 100 schools, holding spoken word poetry workshops for the students. In 2012 he became the youngest spoken-word poet to hold the National Championship title at the Canadian Festival of the Spoken Word. In 2016 Patrick was selected as the Youth Poet of Honour of Canada.

Speaker Box Competition

NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017

On November 15th, Brain Power’s Public Speaking students went on a field trip to the Speaker Box Poetry Slam competition! This year’s event was the last for this amazing competition, which has been running since 2012. This was a valuable opportunity for our students to learn, first-hand, how the theory of public speaking becomes practice. While all students learned a lot simply from being there, two of our students (see pictures below) competed in the event! Cora Usurelu Tian Shi Yuan Brain Power enjoys an...

Recording Studio Visit – 2016/17

JULY 1ST, 2017


Brain Power’s Public Speaking class went on their annual visit to a recording studio! Our students got a chance to record their self-made speeches and podcasts, putting much of the theory they learned in class into practice. They also received valuable feedback from a professional voice coach, and they got to see “behind the scenes” at a professional recording studio!

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