A student from Hillsborough High School participates in the National Youth Leadership Forum at UCLA


A rising senior from Hillsborough High School spent the start of her summer exploring different areas of medicine at the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine.

Natalia Fonzetti was selected to participate in the program based on her academic achievements, according to a press release issued as part of the program, which was held on the campus of the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles from 19 to June 27.

Natalia attends the Medical Minds Club at Hillsborough High School (HHS) and is a member of her school’s Interact Club, Book Club, Italian Honor Society, Prom Committee and Class Cabinet.

She is also extremely passionate about cheerleading and cheers on her school‘s Varsity Cheer Squad as well as the STAR Athletics All-Star Cheerleading Squad in Boonton, according to the press release.

Dreaming of becoming an orthopedic assistant, Natalia looked forward to gaining the hands-on medical experience the forum provided.

“During the program, I was able to make new friends with other scholars from across the country. We have to go to a simulation center where we used different tools that real doctors use and other equipment that you you don’t see every day. We also had several guest speakers who opened our eyes to the real breadth of the field of medicine. I really enjoyed how we learned about different fields of medicine, as well as to hear from many experts in different fields,” she said.

National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine is part of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs that allows students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

At NYLF: Medicine, students “gain the confidence and skills to excel in college and in the workplace. They learn to adapt and communicate in new situations, new challenges and with new people, which, given the speed with which the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are skills essential for success,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, senior vice president of Envision.

For more than 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that allow them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their lives. world, according to the press release.

The program is for students in grades 9 through 11, according to its website.

In 2018, Envision joined the WorldStrides family. The largest provider of educational travel and experiences in the United States, WorldStrides works with more than 50,000 educators each year to help more than 550,000 students see the world – and themselves – in new ways, according to the press release.

For more information, visit www.envisionexperience.com.


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