Fidelity Ballmer

Hi everyone! My name is Fidelity and I am a senior at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, California.

My sophomore year, I heard about Girl Up and knew I had to get involved! Angered that girls just like me were denied an education and inspired to work to change it, I jumped head in. I am now the president of my school’s Girl Up club and serve as an officer for the Girl Up SoCal Coalition.

I am the Editor‐in‐Chief for my school’s online paper The Foothill Dragon Press, the only publication in the country to receive five online Pacemakers in a row from the National Scholastic Press Association. I pour my heart and soul into writing, reporting a citizen’s right to the truth. If I’m not sleeping or eating, I’m probably editing web pages! I am a Free Spirit ‘15 Scholar through the Newseum, an AAJA JCamp ’14 alumni and a member of the American Society of New Editors Student Advisory Board.

I also serve as Co‐President of the Speech and Debate team. My Public Forum debate partner and I spend our weekends researching way too much about current events and talking heatedly with other high school students. We took 7th in the state out of 200 teams last year and then promptly collapsed out of exhaustion.

In the future, I hope to combine my love for journalism and my dedication to empowering girls in developing countries. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s reporting in their bestseller and documentary Half the Sky I see a future for myself in investigative journalism, learning about the experiences girls go through.

In my free time, I’m usually on Netflix trying to find a romantic comedy I haven’t cried over yet, reading inspirational quotes, bugging my teachers by endlessly raising my hand in class, fawning over new iPhone apps or trying (and failing) to play sports.

I’m incredibly honored and excited to serve on this year’s class of teen advisors, and I can’t wait to start working with all the clubs and coalitions to help strengthen the campaign. As Girl Up says, “While we are strong, together we are stronger.”