Milford student heads to medical congress

MILFORD — It came as a surprise for Nadia Nuzzo when she was nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, according to her mother Stephanie.

“She asked me, mom, who nominated me, and I had to tell her I didn’t know,” Stephanie Nuzzo said.

It was actually the Milford Board of Education that nominated Nadia, an incoming freshman at Jonathan Law High School. But regardless of how her nomination happened, Nadia is officially in the Congress, which is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research.

The purpose is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers and, after the event, provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goals.

“She loves math and science, so this is perfect for her,” she said. “She has always done well in school, and has received random awards, but this one is exciting for all of us.”

Nuzzo said Nadia, 14, finished middle school with a 4.1 GPA.

Though her daughter shuns the spotlight, she said she was happy to have received the honor.

“She actually found out a day before her birthday,” said Nuzzo. “She was surprised and was thrilled to get the award. She does want to go into the medical field, she’s not sure what she wants to do yet, so this program will help her figure out what she wants to do.”

Nadia thrives on helping others, Stephanie Nuzzo said.

“She’s told me that she wants to make a difference in one way or another,” she said.

During the two-day program, Nadia will join students from across the country and hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. She also will have a chance to be advised by Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, hear stories told by patients are considered medical miracles, be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future and medical technology.

“We are extremely proud of her and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her,” said Nuzzo. “She’s very determined and independent, and we’ve told her she can do anything she wants. She is a good kid and makes us proud.”

Besides being academically inclined, Nuzzo said Nadia is an athlete as she likes to play basketball and lacrosse, and plans to try out for Law’s volleyball team.