Ella Moore, a senior at Greenwich High School, is a co-founder and co-president of the Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) @ GHS club. She founded GAINS@GHS after attending the 2019 GAINS Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, where she had been inspired to create a similar environment for science-minded young women within the Greenwich High School community. GAINS@GHS motivates young women to pursue science and STEM careers through providing a community that encourages learning, collaboration, and new friendships.
In addition to GAINS@GHS, Ella is involved in several other science-related activities. She earned her EMT certification during the fall of her junior year and is a member of the GEMS Explorer Post. This past summer, Ella ran a science experiment camp for children in which she planned fun, hands-on science experiments to cultivate an early love of science. Ella has also been a Stamford Hospital Junior Volunteer since her freshman year. It was volunteering on the Cardiovascular floor that inspired Ella’s sophomore year scientific research project for Honors Science Research, which is a class she takes at Greenwich High School. Motivated to find a way to do more, Ella created an inexpensive cardiovascular disease detection device so that individuals can determine their risk and make changes to prevent a heart attack. She built an iPhone case and coded an app to take pictures of a patient’s retina to produce a risk assessment of that patient’s likelihood of suffering a heart attack in the next ten years. Ella placed 4th in the Biotechnology category, was an Engineering medalist, and earned Second Honors in Life Sciences for this project at the 2020 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.
During her junior year, Ella completed research entitled, “Inhibition of Covid-19 Respiratory Complications via an R-954 Peptide Bradykinin 1 Receptor Antagonist”. She researched and found an antagonist that successfully prevents a bradykinin storm from occurring in patients with Covid-19, thereby eliminating severe symptoms and the need for hospitalization and/or ventilation. Ella placed 5th in Life Sciences, won the Yale Science and Engineering award, and was a Collins Aerospace Engineering Awards finalist at the 2021 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. She also won a Milton Fisher Honorable Mention Scholarship, and holds a provisional patent for her novel research. At the end of her junior year, Ella was awarded GHS’s Jose Manuel Otero award, which is given to a Science Research student that demonstrated extraordinary commitment to his or her research. In the fall of 2021, Ella became a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist.
Ella is also active at her school and in athletics. She is co-president of the Free Standardized Test Tutoring club, which provides free SAT and ACT tutoring for low income students. Ella has rowed at Greenwich Crew for the past four years. She earned 5th place at 2021 Youth Nationals in the pair, as well as 2nd place at Northeast Regionals. Ella is a captain of the Greenwich Crew Varsity Women’s team and is so excited to row for Stanford Women’s Lightweight Rowing and study bioengineering next year.
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