Smart El­lie in­vited to New York pro­gram

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

ONE of Moss­man’s best and bright­est will em­bark on a trip of a life­time to New York.

Four­teen-year-old El­lie Zillfleisch, from Moss­man State High School, has been ac­cepted into the New York Academy of Sciences’ 1000 Girls, 1000 Fu­tures pro­gram and will at­tend the an­nual Global STEM Al­liance (GSA) next month.

STEM stands for sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths.

El­lie has been de­scribed as “ev­ery teacher’s dream” – she has out­stand­ing grades and she is very mo­ti­vated to suc­ceed.

El­lie has a rare dis­ease called chronic re­cur­rent mul­ti­fo­cal os­teomyeli­tis (CRMO), where the im­mune sys­tem wrongly at­tacks nor­mal bone and causes swelling.

It’s pos­si­ble for her to grow out of it with treat­ment.

Be­ing in and out of hos­pi­tal for most of her life has in­spired her to want to be­come a doc­tor, specif­i­cally a pae­di­a­tri­cian.

“I think it would be re­ally cool to work in a hos­pi­tal and to help kids, I can re­late,” El­lie said.

“When I was re­ally young I al­ways said I wanted to be a sci­en­tist and I think be­ing a doc­tor would be the best op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

This sum­mit brings to­gether ex­cep­tional stu­dents from all over the world and El­lie is one of only two stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the GSA from Aus­tralia.

El­lie said she’s very ex­cited to learn new things on the trip.

“I took part in this pro­gram to fur­ther my knowl­edge,” she said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to net­work­ing with oth­ers from around the world and see how STEM ap­plies in the real world.”

Each stu­dent in the pro­gram gets a men­tor.

El­lie’s is PhD can­di­date Cort­ney Veilleux, work­ing in the field of im­munol­ogy. El­lie said she’s learnt a lot of life skills from her, such as how to man­age time and keep com­po­sure un­der pres­sure.

The aim of the pro­gram is to en­cour­age more women into STEM re­lated fields and help them de­velop 21st cen­tury skills. El­lie hopes more young women take an in­ter­est in the field to break so­cial norms.


Four­teen-year-old El­lie Zillfleisch is ex­celling in her sub­jects at Moss­man High

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