Meet the 2015 Fellows
This awesome Albanian is an aspiring journalist with interests in math, science, and environmental protection (the picture says it all). That is an impressive list of beats to cover! And she could argue with her editor in four languages.
It is fitting that Mechiie finds herself behind a podium, where we are sure she is advocating for volunteerism and political engagement. This former class president will surely take the BFTF by storm!
When Fidan is not busy with her university studies, she is doing some damage with her mad Taekwondo skills. Or she may dazzle you with rhythmic gymnastics.
This friend of nature and future Eurovision winner knows how to carry a tune. Nadzeya is sure to start a new band this summer, Franklin and the Benjamins.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Borivoje
Czech Republic Josef
This fantastic Finn is a peer counselor and IT whiz. So, Niko should be able to skillfully and patiently guide you through your frustrations with a computer.
This future engineer loves tennis, basketball, and working with children. We presume sticking out one’s tongue is a common French greeting. Always the trendsetters.
BFTF Fellows love to play soccer (or football, or calcio), and now they have a coach in Rebecca. We presume she will keep her side organized. A pretty tough task with these fellows!
We hear it snows a lot in Iceland and this is how its citizens drink water. But then again, Ellen has a flair for the dramatic. This theater veteran is an outspoken advocate for disability rights and natural born leader!
When this Mario is done chasing mushrooms, she is fighting for nature. Julia is an avid environmentalist who practices what she preaches. Ask her about her job (not pictured: Luigi).
This intrepid Italian will love to share her beautiful country with you. As one who is interested in the tourism industry, Martina will be well equipped to take you around Sicily where she will hone your volleyball skills. Forza Azzurri!
What is it you see, Lukas? He must be searching for more Eurodebate trophies. Or is he looking for more youth organizations to set up model parliamentary programs? We’ll be sure to ask him when he arrives.
Pitt won an Oscar, too!? How does he find the time? Between being a Boy Scout, running his school, participating in European Youth Parliament, and saving the environment, we are surprised he even has a chance to sleep!
We love Sean’s selfie with his BFTF acceptance letter! This passionate reformer fights for his fellow students and promote youth involvement in local elections. True BFTF material. We are equally excited he will be joining us this summer.
This Black Mountain nation native is a natural in front of a classroom. Amina is a dedicated peer educator, athlete, and volunteer. She wants to come to the BFTF to learn how to better improve her community. That’s the BFTF spirit!
This Dutch Debater really knows how to make a killer argument. But Giulio has a soft side, too. He helps stray dogs and organizes scavenger hunts for children. We are sure he’ll rock the annual BFTF scavenger hunt.
For the second year in a row, the Polish Fellow is named Karolina. We are sure it’s not the same Karolina, but we really cannot tell by the picture. When she comes out from behind the camera, this math kangaroo develops her own line of cosmetics.
This rambunctious Romanian often chants “Let’s do it, Romania” as she leads the charge for addressing her country’s environmental problems. Be wary when disagreeing with Martina, she is a world class debater.
We believe Vadim is somewhere in this picture. But, hey, he’s a team player! When he is not taking a MOOC, Vadim will be singing, learning about international relations, or watching movies. Vadim would be an ideal partner for a game of Trivial Pursuit.
Yes. That is a Bon Jovi concert t-shirt. Milena just made one member of the administrative staff very happy. Raise your hands for this savvy Serbian who does not runaway from a challenge. A scientist with the heart of an artist, Milena keeps the faith that you’ll never have to say goodbye when you make a memory at the BFTF.
Tuna blossoms when she is front of a classroom, where she is likely to lead everyone in song. Tuna is a future surgeon with an excellent sense of humor; she always leaves everyone in stitches.
United Kingdom Samuel
Like most Londoners, Samuel loves the Underground. And we have the pictures to prove it. He is a published playwright and an exceptional debater. We pity any theater critic who would ever give Samuel’s play a bad review.
Carter is an Eagle Scout, track star, and all around good guy. We hear that it can get pretty foggy in Alabama and that Carter loves horses. This picture captures both. We believe Carter is the one on the right, but then again, the fog makes it difficult to see.
Litzeth looks to start a career as spokeswoman for McDonald’s (but there are so many better food options in Arizona!). We know this is an international program, but if you need an interpreter, we recommend you call up Litzeth.
This Cornell-bound Floridian Fellow is a top-notch debater and public speaker. In a crowded field of exceptional speaker, we are sure Jaylexia will more than hold her own. We also hear she is quite congenial.
This bluegrass state native and future human rights lawyer will stop at nothing to clean up the environment. As a top-tier debater, Kayla knows how to win an argument with cunning and disarming charm.
New Jersey Mark
The first rule of Journal Club is that you do not talk about Journal Club. Unless, of course, you ask Mark about it; we’re sure he’ll tell you all about it. Maybe you can do that while playing a riveting game of squash.
North Carolina Nonnie
North Carolina Rob
North Carolina Valerie