2003-07-11 / Community

Chadda Will Pursue Biomedical Education

Chadda Will Pursue Biomedical Education

Nishtha Chadda, a resident of Hammels; daughter of Shakti and Kimati Chadda; sister of Rashami, Tripti, Vishal, and Amish; has graduated as Valedictorian at Hillcrest High School.

Chadda has been accepted into Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York.

Her many achievements were recently featured in a story published in Newsday.

Since she was a little girl Chadda wanted to be a doctor. She was drawn to Hillcrest High School because of its pre-med program, a research program two years ago. At Hillcrest High School she learned about the Bridge to Medicine program at York College, which is a preparatory program for Sophie Davis. This past year she took her senior requirements at Hillcrest in the morning, and then took a bus to York College where she stayed until 6 p.m. improving her writing skills, as well as studying chemistry and calculus.

At Hillcrest Chadda took honors classes and genetics in the College Now program and earned a G.P.A. of 4.0. She received recognition awards for academic success and achievement as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Mathematics. She was an editor of the school newspaper, President of the Teen Club, Peer Educator, President of the Math Club, Girls Varsity basketball Team member, International Key Club member, layout editor of the yearbook, and school tutor.

Chadda joined the Youth Leadership HIV/AIDS Prevention program. She joined the program at the public library and eventually created a club in school to educate her fellow students about disease prevention techniques. She has volunteered 100 hours in the Nursing Home Department of Peninsula Hospital, volunteered at the Hall of Science last summer, and volunteered once a week in the soup kitchen of the Presbyterian Church.

Chadda currently volunteers at the Lighthouse International where she operates the switchboard and volunteered in a neighborhood drugstore to learn about medicines.

She was responsible for a special project in Hillcrest High School, which involved producing a booklet for young children on how the respiratory system works. Over the past year she ahs been studying violin as well. At York College Chadda has been a member of the Charity Club and took part in bake sales. She wrote an article on the disease myasthenia gravis, which was published in the Queens Bridge Medical Journal. She has received a Certificate of Academic Achievement for completing the course of study in the Queens Bridge To Medicine program.

"Through my years in high school I learned how important it is to have time management," noted Chadda. She hopes to become a pediatric surgeon. Her accomplishments thus far show what diligent work by a student, support by a family, and guidance and teaching by school staff members can achieve.

At P.S. 225 in Rockaway Park, Chadda was the class Valedictorian, and at J.H.S. 180 she was Salutatorian.

Chadda’s mother is a Home Health Aide at Partners In Care.

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