Paola Kotori is a senior at Lodi High School and part of the Academy of Research and Advanced Academics (ARAA) in partnership with Felician University. She is an active leader in various school clubs such as Interact Club, Student Council, Core Values, and Volleyball. She has participated in various summer and secondary programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University. Her academics have allowed her to receive the Rensselaer Medal which recognizes her strength and success in the fields of mathematics and science. Her main STEM interests lie in biology and chemistry. Paola has great ambition in becoming a surgeon and has gained exposure in the medical field through shadowing various ETC physicians at Hackensack Hospital. Paola enjoys volunteering with low-income children and assisting blind individuals with their daily tasks.