Niharika Vattikonda

Who Am I?

FCPS Student Representative to the School Board

For the 2017-2018 school year, I will be serving as Fairfax County Public School's Student Representative to the School Board, where I will represent over 188,000 students from kindergarten through senior year of high school, after being elected by a convention of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (I'm with some of my school's SAC members on the left). I look forward to working on issues such as student mental health and increasing access and equity across all school programs while empowering student-run initiatives to help create a student-driven ecosystem of problem solving within our schools.

K-12 Computer Science Education Advocate

I'm dedicated to making sure that all students have access to computer science education. I founded Teens Transforming Technology to help reach low-income and minority students who would otherwise miss out on learning computer science in school. For my efforts in the field, I was recognized as an #include Fellow by Stanford's She++ Fellowship Program (that's me at the 2017 summit posing at the Android Garden!) and as a Nominated Changemaker at the White House United State of Women. 

International Relations and Policy Nerd

Growing up, politics and active civic engagement were important values in my household, and as a middle school student who knew almost nothing about the world of diplomacy, I fell in love with the world of Model United Nations (that's me after winning Best Delegate at the North American Invitational conference in 2016). Now, almost five years later, I am a national award-winning delegate in crisis committees (I've directed and chaired a few of our own simulations at TechMUN), and I run my own blog (Teen Thoughts for Politics) to promote political discourse among teens.