Candidate Shealea Steals for Miss Senior 2011-2012
By April C. Thornton
Shealea Steals was born on Mother's Day May 14th, 1990 in Fort Stewart, Georgia. She was the first baby girl to her parents Mervin and Shearmene Steals. Her father serving in the army gave Steals the opportunity to travel various locations of the country. She lived in Texas, Florida and the tropical island of Hawaii. Even though Steals moved numerous times as a child, it allowed her to live with diverse individuals and open her mind to other cultures. With a smile on her face, Steals says, "Traveling allowed me to borden my arisen and reinvent myself."
Steals came to Bowie State University in 2008, majoring in communications with a minor in theater. She has been actively involved on campus, as member of the Army ROTC 2008-2010, stage manager in the theater department for the last two years, currently Legislative Branch Representative of The Student Alumni Association and next month she will be promoted as Vice President. Also, she works closely with Chairman of the Department of Communications, Dr. Thomas as a reporter and producer for BSU-TV.
Throughout her hectic school schedule, Steals still finds time to give back to her surrounding community. She spends her free time volunteering at Arundel High School youth organization called Pearls of Purpose, as a tutor and a youth mentor. She mentors high school ladies that are interested in pursuing a college career. She shares her personal experience as a college student and encourages them to achieve a higher education. Steals mentions, It warms my heart that I have a positive influence on these young girls future.
She lends her helping hand to a nonprofit organization called A Wider Circle. She is responsible for serving food to children and adults. A Wider Circle helps people lift themselves out of poverty, homelessness and substance abuse. Also, she ushers and is private duty assistant for the Living Waters Worships Center. Last but not least, she is her grandmother's caregiver.
Steals campaign slogan is Trail blazing a defining path for present and future generations. As, Miss Senior she promise to improve the campus by implementing community service by helping your fellow man, promoting self-worth and self-value to create a generation of confident men and women, motivating independent thinkers by guiding leaders and future trail-blazers and cultivating artistic minds to produce change through the phrase ‘No Art, No Life.'
When asked, why should students elect you for Miss Senior 2011-2012? Steals says, "Based on my three years of experience here at Bowie State University, I am well aware of the needs of our student body. As Miss Senior, I will be able to implement the necessary changes in addition to create programs that will motivate future classes, continue to uphold the good that has already been established on our campus, and add to the valor of past generations. My main focus is strengthening the legacy of the senior class. We set the example for the school and I feel that doing more unified activities as a class will only continue to produce great leaders. "