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Yarmoussik '18 and Hopkins '18 win CT BrainDance Award

Yarmoussik '18 and Hopkins '18 win CT BrainDance Award

Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 win Connecticut BrainDance Award

From left: Joseph Hopkins '18, Biology teacher Mrs. Jane O'Reilly and Stanislav Yarmoussik '18

Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 received awards in the 13th Annual BrainDance Awards Competition held in Hartford on April 21, 2016. They are biology students of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Stanley placed 2nd in the arts category with his painting titled, "How do you see me?" (See below). Joe placed third in the same category with his story titled "Eyes."

As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly works to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.