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Teens from 36 states in Baltimore to compete in USA Brain Bee Championship

Teens from 36 states in Baltimore to compete in USA Brain Bee Championship

When DesTiny Overton was born, her doctors gently broke the news to her mother that the newborn had almost certainly suffered severe brain damage.

It had been a difficult birth, during which oxygen had been cut off to DesTiny’s developing brain not just once, but twice.

“The doctors told me that I’d be fortunate if DesTiny would ever be able to walk on her own or feed herself,” her mother, Lanita Rhodes of Buffalo, N.Y., recalled. “Thank God, she turned out just the opposite.”

It means more to Rhodes than she can express that DesTiny, now 17, is a budding neuroscientist, the kind of kid who on Saturday could look at a series of MRI scans and confidently answer why this...

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