Smart Ellie invited to New York program
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