2014 BFTF Fellows
Meet the 2014 Fellows
This beach loving citizen knows how to work and to play hard. When Geri is not fighting for human rights, you can find him tutoring young children. He may even learn a new language during the BFTF.
Javid is part debater, part computer programmer. If you ever need to win an argument or fix your latest Java update, this ace from Azerbaijan is your man.
Sara is a quadruple threat. She can act, she can scout, she can ski a steep slope, and we hear her tennis game leaves opponents trembling. If you ask, she might even wax poetic about the importance of remembering World War I.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Lena
This dedicated communitarian from B&H rarely gets any R&R. When Lena is not helping the local Red Cross, she is debating the importance issues facing her community and promoting the value of diversity.
Interested in taking college classes on-line while in high school? Just ask Yuliy, he’s taken many. But be sure to ask when he is not reading to school children or dunking on some hapless opponent.
Sometimes, the picture says everything. This clever Croat will often have her nose in a book: learning another language, reading to children, or catching up on the latest political trends. If you ask kindly, Patricija, an award-winning writer, might even share one of her own stories.
No job is too small for this charismatic Cypriot. Whether it is playing sports, creating arts, or debating the issues of diversity, Ruya will be able to succeed at them all.
We, too, salute Thomas’s many accomplishments. This exceptional public speaker knows how to woo the crowd, whether its acting in a musical, leading the student body, or scoring goals on the pitch.
Czech Republic Bara
What do you get when you cross a pianist with a singer, a swimmer, and a snowboarder? Bara the bodacious! Certainly, a clear candidate for the talent show.
This dedicated Dane knows what makes for a good protest. You want to advance the cause of democracy? Talk to Mads, we are sure he will have some suggestions.
This talented Tallinn native loves mathematics, rhetoric, physics, and language. The Renaissance Reete will certainly make the world a better place.
This fantastic Finn is a ferocious fighter for women and children rights. Amani, an aspiring nurse, has a knack for cooking. We can not wait for her contribution to the international dinner.
Cue La Marseillaise. Enter Guillaume. This intrepid journalist and aspiring law student fights for liberty, fraternity, equality. Be sure to ask him about World War II, he is quite the history buff.
This future diplomat knows how to organize. Lika’s active involvement in community service should serve her well at the BFTF. Do we see a BFTF birthday celebration in the future?
Pictures reveal plenty. Start networking with Johannes now. This future German diplomat will certainly be a player in international affairs. We just hope he will not be too saddened when he arrives at the BFTF, after the Stars & Stripes surprisingly beat Die Mannschaft in an exciting 2-1 match.
We can hear Apollo sing in praise. This Athenian-born artist is quite the musician. We wish him the best in becoming a Greek diplomat, for we are sure he will help harmonize cacophonous international relations.
When he is not hanging out with superheroes, Marcello is playing a little calcio or tackling some Dostoyevsky. This team player will make a fine diplomat one day. Forza Azzurri!
Rolands is ready to come the United States! This Red Cross volunteer is also an innovative filmmaker. Rolands is quite the health nut, dedicated to lowering obesity rates in Latvia. Hopefully, he will not be too tempted by the Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Look out, BFTF! This Model European Parliament veteran knows how to organization and coordinate. I am sure all the aspiring diplomats could learn a thing or two from Ruta.
The innovative Ivona is a Macedonian movie-making machine. She not only works from behind the camera, but also in front. Be sure to ask about her work in “Shadows and Clouds.”
We have a history of big personalities from Malta (it must be something in the water), and we are sure Emma will be no different. This award-winning leader will likely try to get you all to participate in important parliamentary debates.
Vlad the Violinist. This Wave Week alumnus is quite the musician, thinker, and comedian. We are certain he knows the answers to: “What? Where? When?”.
This fellow from the Black Mountain nation loves to test the waters. Ana participates in a laundry list of extracurricular activities, from volleyball, to debate, to dance. Her talents are boundless.
This Dutch computer whiz has a playful side. When he is not riding plastic horses, he is leading the Student Council or planning numerous school events. We will be looking to Musti for help with WordPress.
Don’t let the picture fool you. Karolina is from Poland and not the UK. This future publisher has a bevy of experience as journalist, columnist, and even a translator of TED talks. When she is not watching classic 1950s films, Karolina winning awards for her writing. Be sure to ask her about the significance of July 12.
Beware, BFTFers. If you fail to recycle, Mariana will likely scold you. This Eco-Club warrior is helping keep Portugal green. We suspect Mariana will be a fan of the Campus Garden.
An environmental activist, animal lover, and humanities scholar; that’s one impressive combination. Ksenia is such a lover of nature that she has her picture taken with dirt.
It is fitting that this giant in the Model UN circuit leans on the world for support. We are sure Lazar’s love of science make him an even better tennis and basketball player.
Slovak Republic Judita
This silly Slovakian loves drama. When she is not dressing up as a penguin, Judita is breaking down cultural barriers and doing her best to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
This slammin Slovenian knows how to drop the beats. Jure, an award winning Hip Hop dancer, can choreograph anything from an Model UN negotiation to settling international disputes over waterways.
There is no problem with Maria. She is an exceptional student that is definitely 4education. This lover of languages has a breadth of experience. Just ask about her educational background.
It is not hard to get a smile from Elias. This studious Swede must have politics in his future. As a political activist, we are sure his entrepreneurial skills will serve him well as the BFTF, and running numerous campaigns.
Look out, Roger Federer. There is another Swiss tennis star on the horizon. That is unless Michael elects to become a pilot who jet sets around the world learning new languages.
This citizen-activist is an ardent supporter of human rights and gender equality. Rimma, her school’s student council president, plans on studying sociology at university.
United Kingdom Hena
BFTF Fellows love to debate political issues. But look out, Hena is top-rated debate. Her debating skills are only matched by her breadth of knowledge. Ben would be proud.
A computer whiz? A professional dancer? A youth ambassador? A social activist? Navya is certainly BFTF material.
This future Bulldog boasts an exceptional record of starting and leading organizations. Bullies beware, Neema knows how to network and boost goodwill in the community.
You guessed it, Ryley loves to debate and has the trophies to prove it. But wait, there’s more. He’s a musician and football player, too. Ryley is a triple threat.
This bluegrass state native is quite the thoroughbred. Lilia is a tutor, a rower, and an active volunteer. She even finds some time to learn Arabic, as well.
We certainly hope this future CEO remembers the BFTF when she becomes rich and famous. Rebecca will likely outrun or outdebate her business competition.
North Carolina Nova
There is only one word to describe the exceptionally bright, Nova: “super”. He plays the piano; he wins debates; he runs long-distances; and he throws a mean frisbee. And of course, he likes giant pizza.
North Carolina James
This award-winning student not only racks up debate victories, he cleans up at Latin competitions. Oh, and did we mention James lived in Malaysia for a year in high school. Nothing like celebrating your birthday by spending a month at the BFTF! We are thrilled that James will be attending Wake Forest in the Fall.
Look out, American, Brendan is behind the wheel! Rest assured, we are certain he is getting the good student discount. And lookout Republicans, this Young Democrat is quite the debater.
With all the journalism talent at the BFTF, we should start a magazine. Hopefully, we can get this experienced and decorated columnist to lead us. When the bookish Amy is not poring over a Proust tome, she working on developing websites. No, this is not Amy, but an appropriate stand-in for this art lover.
We are certain William is somewhere in this picture. But it makes sense that this aspiring diplomat is surrounded by others. And if international relations does not pan out, we are certain he will become a rock star. William and Ruta will have lots to talk about, since he lived in Lithuania for quite awhile.