A local girl has been announced the national winner of LearningRx’s annual Presidents’ Day Contest. Sophie Wright, a 10-year-old from Chattanooga, impressed the judges with her ability to recite the 45 U.S. presidents backwards and forwards and then forwards and backwards again—all while skiing down a mountain!
The feat of quickly reciting all 45 U.S. presidents in order, while performing other tasks and blocking out intense distractions, is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.
"This is one of the first things we have students master in our brain training programs," says Michelle Hecker Davis, Center Director at LearningRx Chattanooga where Sophie is enrolled in a personal brain training program. "It quickly strengthens long-term memory, attention and other cognitive skills, and it also gives a big boost of self-confidence. Many of these kids have struggled in school for years, so when they can quickly learn all the presidents, they feel smart and confident, often for the first time."
Two additional LearningRx students from Chattanooga placed in the top ten nationally. Bella Meehan and Ethan Adams also submitted very impressive entries with creative distractions.
Sophie will receive a GoPro Hero4 Silver for her talent, the top prize in the contest. The second prize winner from El Campo, Texas will receive a Wi-Fi Quad-copter Drone with camera, with the third place winner from Atlanta, GA receiving a $100 Amazon gift card.
You can watch Sophie’s impressive video, along with the other two finalists here: http://studentshoutouts.com/presidents-day/. Please feel free to link to this video or broadcast it for an inspirational story this Presidents’ Day, February 20.
To schedule an interview with someone from LearningRx or with Sophie, please call Michelle Hecker Davis at (423) 305-1599.