Gowtham Balaji lives in New Jersey and was born in 1998.
• In 2008, Gowtham won a Writing Excellence Award from his school district. One of his pieces has also appeared in an English-language newspaper in India.
• Gowtham plays badminton and basketball, as well as the saxophone and piano.
• When he isn’t playing sports or practicing his music, Gowtham likes to wind down with a good book or family movie.
• Gowtham is a student council representative and student vice president.
"Fairness, hard work, determination, curiosity, lots of initiative and a love for writing—these are very important characteristics for any good reporter."