Law's top 2 accepted into selective medical program
Only 17 of about 500 students who applied for a very selective medical program at the University of Connecticut were accepted. Two of them are from Jonathan Law High School: They are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
Valedictorian Ming-Yeah Hu and salutatorian Jamie Georgelos are both heading to the University of Connecticut in the fall, majoring in molecular and cell biology. They both received UConn's competitive Nutmeg Scholarship which will cover the cost of tuition, room and board over the next four years.
Both young women also have been accepted to the eight-year medical program at UConn.
“This highly selective program offers gifted and talented students the opportunity to combine their bachelor's and MD programs,” School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser said during her speech at Monday night’s graduation ceremony at Jonathan Law High School. “In fact, this program is so selective that of approximately 500 applications submitted, 17 students have been accepted and will enroll in the fall. Jonathan Law is the only school to have two students accepted.”
Ming-Yeah Hu is the daughter of Shuanghua Hu and ShanShan Shao. She was vice president of the National Honor Society, secretary of her class since sophomore year, and was a member of the Law cheerleading squad. She earned several cheerleading awards, including most valuable player, best flyer and best dancer, and her skill earned her a position on UConn’s cheerleading squad, Dr. Feser said.
In addition to cheerleading, Ming has been playing the piano competitively since the age of six. She also spent the past two summers at Yale Medical School under the supervision of Dr. Zhong Yun, in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology.
“Dr. Yun said Ming has an uncanny ability to comprehend complex scientific concepts, far beyond her years and that the quality of her work is consistently excellent,” Dr. Feser said.
Class Salutatorian Jamie Georgelos, daughter of Eric and Kathleen Georgelos, attended the Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center program during her years at Law.
She was the president of the Natural Helpers, a member of the school band and the Milford United Percussion group. Through her church, she has attended mission trips and participated in charity fundraisers. She volunteered in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital and last summer worked as a medical assistant at The Milford Vascular Institute, under the supervision of Dr. David Esposito.
“Those who work closely with Jamie describe her as humble, articulate and passionate,” Dr. Feser said. “She is overflowing with possibility and potential, and is thoughtful beyond her years.”
The young women were two members of a class of outstanding students, their principal said at Monday night’s graduation. Principal Fran Thompson recalled the tragedy the class experienced last April when their classmate, Maren Sanchez, was stabbed to death at the school. He talked about the students’ strength and their resilience as a class.
Thompson and School Supt. Feser pointed out that collectively the class performed more than 15,000 hours of community service. Thompson said 92% will go on to further their education, and he said the class received a total of more than $1.3 million in college aid.
He and Dr. Feser urged the class, which has learned “love and loss” during their high school years, to use their compassion to change the world.
“Hope renews; hope inspires,” Dr. Feser said.
“We need a more humane world,” she added.