Warrenton’s Melody Harlan to Compete in Game of Brains

“Genius Jr.” hosted by Neil Patrick Harris premieres on NBC on March 18

A local Warrenton girl will appear on an exciting new game show “Genius Junior,” which celebrates the brightest children in America. The one-hour competition series is the ultimate test of intelligence and endurance.

Genius Junior, hosted and produced by Neil Patrick Harris, features twelve teams of the most incredible children in the country, ages 8 to 12, who will take the stage to compete in a series of increasingly complex quizzes with the goal of being crowned Genius Junior. Learn more about Genius Junior at https://www.nbc.com/genius-jr.

Melody Harlan, one of the contestants on “The Brainy Bunch” team, is a Warrenton resident, and a 4th grade student at Greenville Elementary School in Nokesville, Virginia. She will compete in this game of brains in its inaugural season, which premieres on Sunday, March 18 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Melody loves memory games, math, and reading. She recently championed the Fauquier County School Spelling Bee in Virginia, and in 2017 won first place in a Virginia State Online Mathematics Competition.

During the filming in California, Melody and her two teammates, who were also selected from a nationwide pool, solved complex math problems, spelled difficult words, and used memorization to compete against other students.

“I had an amazing time learning, filming, and just having lots of fun,” said Melody, “I’ll never forget the experience.”

Melody’s father Scott says of her academic mettle, “She’s developed this pattern of setting a goal and doing the work to achieve it. Her mother and I always tell her to do her best and have fun. What I’m most proud of is the way that she works hard and keeps a great attitude about it.”

In Melody’s leisure time, she swims, dances ballet, and contributes to community and school clubs such as a Kindness Club, Drama Club, Newspaper Club, Battle of the Books, and Girl Scouts.

Watch Melody’s episode on March 25 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Photo credits: https://www.nbc.com/genius-jr/credits/contestant/the-brainy-bunch

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