Summary

News writer and editor, debater, advocate for change, news junkie, volunteer, reader, investigative reporter and technophile. 

Work History

Work History
Jun 2014 - Present

Speech Captain

National Speech and Debate Association
  • Train students in all speech events 
  • Lead practices
  • Volunteer at tournaments and fundraisers 
Aug 2013 - Present

News Reporter and Editor

Foothill Dragon Press

Our mission as an online-only publication is to provide the Foothill community with accurate, responsible, thought-provoking and timely journalism.  The Dragon Press was awarded with an Online Pacemaker, the most competitive scholastic journalism award in the U.S., in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and designated with All-American status from the NSPA four times.

  • Research and report in-depth topics through local and national sources
  • Report breaking news
  • Publish and manage content on Wordpress
  • Train news reporters
  • Edit all news articles
Aug 2013 - Present

Youth Advisory Board Member

American Society of News Editors

As ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative plans for future programs and activities, the student advisory board members will serve as the voice of young journalists.

  • Promote programs
  • Share ideas and input regarding new programs
  • Brainstorm contests for the site
Aug 2013 - Present

President

Foothill Technology Girl Up

I founded a women's advocacy club on my campus called Girl Up, an initiative of the UN, that advocates for girl's rights in developing countries.

  • Write letters, call and hold meetings with political figures in regards to pertinent bills
  • Plan, execute and run fundraisers
  • Hold education events to raise awareness in the community and U.S.

References

References

Melissa Wantz: Foothill Dragon Press Journalism Advisor

"Fidelity has proven herself in six short months to be one of the top three students to enter my program in its history. She has shown consistent- even spectacular- initiative with her assignments, resulting in some of the best work the Dragon Press has ever published. She is a remarkable writer and one of the most exciting reporters I've had the pleasure to teach because she is so self-directed. Her articles read as if conceived, researched and written by an adult with years of reporting experience. She works independently but accepts criticism with maturity in order to improve. Funny, determined and honest, Fidelity's energy and passion for journalism eclipse any other student I've had to date."

Awards and Accolades

National Journalism Awards:

2nd place Investigative Reporting from Camayak-  "New California law gives public schools more power to punish off-campus cyberbullying"

AAJA J-Camp attendee- I was accepted into AAJA's JCamp for the Summer of 2014. JCamp is a six-day intensive journalism training for high school students.

Connecticut Health I-Team Camp attendee-  This summer investigative reporting workshop provides the opportunity for young journalists to develop investigative reporting skills in a unique  environment.

Local Journalism Awards:

1st place News Writing from the VC Star-  "Former Foothill teacher Chris Prewitt struck fatally by car"

1st place News Series from the VC Star-  "SPECIAL REPORT: New Common Core math standards sweep until Foothill amid criticism and doubt" and "Incoming freshmen to get new math classes as district chooses 'integrated pathway'" 

5th Annual Roemisch Initiative Award from the Dragon Press-  Honoring ingenuity, enterprise and resourcefulness in student journalism

Speech and Debate Awards:

1st place- Novice Public Forum debate at the Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) tournament in 2013

4th place- California State Qualifer in National Extemporaneous speaking in 2013

1st place- Varsity Public Forum debate at the Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) tournament in 2014

2nd place- California State Qualifer in International Extemporaneous speaking in 2014

Portfolio: "New California law gives public schools more power to punish off-campus cyberbullying"

Published Jan. 17, 2014
Read at: http://tinyurl.com/qcluwsn

I interviewed the author of a California cyberbullying bill and its advocates and opponents. One of my story's national sources, Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Virginia, tweeted: "The most thorough, well-researched, nuanced story on cyberbullying law I've ever read. It's by a teenager."  The National Scholastic Press Association also showcased the article on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

Portfolio: "SPECIAL REPORT: New Common Core math standards sweep into Foothill amid criticism and doubt"

Published Nov. 11, 2013
Read at http://tinyurl.com/I6jrvco

On my own initative and by making cold contacts by phone and email, I established a half dozen national sources to provide a nuanced and comprehensive overview of the pros and cons of common Core standards in math. In addition to reaching out to school sources, I interviewed Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly; Stanford professor and Common Core Verification Board MemberJames Milgram; Common Core author William McCallum of University of Arizona; Mark Naison of Fordham University and more.