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Tasby Middle School Wins $10,000 Great Brain Gain Middle School Contest

Winner of the 2024 Great Brain Gain Middle School Contest, Dallas ISD's Sam Tasby Middle School.

Texas Metro News

Award will fund promotion of proactive brain health among students and school community.


Center for BrainHealth has teamed with Dallas ISD for an exciting partnership aimed at promoting brain health and development throughout middle school communities. To win the Great Brain Gain Middle School Contest, Sam Tasby Middle School submitted a video depicting their plan to transform their school into a "BrainHealthy" campus. DISD middle schools were invited to participate in the contest by submitting a 3-5 minute video or a one-page document outlining their school's plan. Judges, comprised of BrainHealth leaders and DISD administrators, chose Tasby out of ten campuses that submitted entries.Tasby will receive a $10,000 prize and access to cognitive training for students, staff and parents, thanks to a generous gift from BrainHealth supporters Sandy and Tommy Rouse.


“I'm thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking initiative that places a spotlight on the epicenter of human potential, the adolescent brain. Tasby’s submission demonstrated innovation and campus buy-in, showcasing a strong commitment to promoting brain health throughout their school community.” – Stephanie S. Elizalde, EdD, Dallas ISD Superintendant
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

Jacquelyn Gamino, PhD

Director of Adolescent Reasoning Initiative Assistant Research Professor

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