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Former Tiger is now ‘Top Dawg’

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2011 graduate of Benton High School elected SGA president at Louisiana Tech University

Maggie Brakeville has officially reached ‘Top Dawg’ status at Louisiana Tech University.

The former Benton High student was recently elected president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at the Ruston-based university. Brakeville, 20, has an extensive interest in politics and government, so much that she told her friends that she would one day become the organization’s leader.

Her way to the top began three years ago. Brakeville said Louisiana Tech was her only choice when it came to applying for college.

She served as the freshman and sophomore class president as well as vice president.  After a two week campaign, Louisiana Tech students hit the polls to vote on their campus leader.

Brakeville successfully defeated one other candidate by just four votes to win the election. According to Brakeville, those results are “one of the closest election margins in school history.”

“I just want to help the community that has served me,” she said. “I’m so thankful to my fellow students for voting and I greatly appreciate their support. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Her promise during the campaign was to be a voice for the students of Louisiana Tech, something she’s eager and ready to fulfill. Brakeville hopes her year as president will not only unite the college with its community, but with the state as well.

“I want to get our voice out there,” she said. “I also want to get more students involved in our organization and do more service projects around campus and in the Ruston community, uniting us as a more cohesive family.”

As SGA president, Brakeville will be in charge of planning numerous campus activities, including homecoming week and community service projects. She will also oversee the student-run senate on campus, serve on several committees and be a role model to her fellow students.

Ultimately, Brakeville wants her love and pride for Tech to show through her actions.

“I am a legacy of Louisiana Tech and deeply love this school’s traditions, the campus and the close family atmosphere,” she said. “Until you’re here and experience the Tech family, you don’t know what that means. Louisiana Tech is my home and this is where I belong. Now it’s my turn to give back to the university that has given so much to me.”

In addition to being SGA president, Brakeville was just selected by the Council of Student Body Presidents to be the student board member to the Louisiana Board of Regents, a state agency created by the 1974 Louisiana Constitution that coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana.

“I will now represent the college students across the state of Louisiana as a member of the board of regents. I will be the voice of the students to the board,” she explained.

Brakeville is a 2011 graduate of Benton High School and is currently a senior agricultural business major at LA Tech. She was involved in SGA during high school and was a national 4H conference delegate for Louisiana, giving her an opportunity to attend a leadership conference in Washington D.C. during her junior year at Benton High. She also served on the Louisiana state 4H executive board for two years.

Maggie is the daughter of Charles and Sara Brakeville of Benton.

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