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Representative: Shanteal Lake, C'2014

President of the Spelman Student Government Association, 2013-2014
Political Science Major
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected 2013
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia

Shanteal Lavern Lake is a Georgia native who always has “others on her mind." With a spirit synonymous with terms such as outspoken, tenacious, and persistent this fearless young woman has made it her life’s mission to positively impact as many people as she can. A scholar and activist, Lake has worked for programs such as The Boys and Girls Club, The Red Cross Youth Board, Breakthrough Atlanta, and as both a volunteer and employee for TRIO Programs - a federal outreach and student service initiative designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.   As a professional, Lake has worked for the National Security Agency, Cable News Network (CNN), and served as an ambassador for The New York Times.

As a political science major at Spelman College, Lake maintains a balance between scholarship and sisterhood and has served with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Amnesty International, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She is also the fundraising chair for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2012-2013 Spelman Student Government Association Secretary of Academic Affairs, Coca-Cola Leadership Mentee, Spelman Sister 2 Sister Mentee, Rookie of the Year and Resident Advisor of the Year for Spelman Housing and Residence Life, and will be the Spelman Student Government President for the 2013-2014 academic year.  A pageant queen, motivational speaker, published author and artist Lake is a jack of many trades.

Upon completing her Bachelors of Arts degree from Spelman College Lake plans on earning a Doctorate of Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and later a degree in Public Policy with aspirations of becoming both a school superintendent and a national senator.