First Name

Fikir

Last Name

T.

Bio

Fikir, or Fifi, is a sophomore at West High in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been taking computer science courses for four years. In her most recent classes, AP CSA and CS Principles, she mainly developed interactive programs, such as a model bank account and a playlist app. These classes helped Fifi fulfill the qualifications for the High School University program at the University of Utah. Outside of the classroom, she has competed with her all-girls FTC Robotics team for 3 years as a software member. In that time, the team won the State Connect Award, Qualifying Think Award, and the Qualifying Connect award twice for tele-op and autonomous software. This incredible experience led Fifi to join the West High School Girls Who Code club in 2018. In 2019, she was accepted into the Harvard Academies program for computer science and joined the FRC and SheTech clubs at West. She has also strived to contribute to the community with her aptitude for computer science. Fifi became the youngest employee at a code tutoring business, teaching kids 5-14 how to program by developing games. She also did research and wrote a paper on the social, computational, and economic handicaps preventing internet governance on a large scale. This paper gave her the opportunity to talk a CS expert at Dell on the issue. Fifi also began speaking publicly on behalf of students in Utah who had little to no access to CS in their schools. She spoke as a panelist for the 2019 CSforAll National Summit. Her greatest achievement is giving a speech at Utah’s Capitol Hill alongside Governor Gary Herbert and Silicon Slopes tech giants. The event revealed a CS education master plan and a doubled annual budget of 10.2 million dollars for CS education statewide. Fifi plans to study at CalTech, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, or Stanford to pursue degrees in software development, robotics, and artificial intelligence.