local talent

by Eric Ginsburg

Antwonett Atkins Political science major, model, child advocate

Antwonett Aktins enjoys poetry, roller-skating and jazz, but she is passionate about child advocacy and community service. Her parents, who hail from Jamaica and Nebraska, met in Germany and later moved to Seattle, where Atkins was raised. She has long been interested in child advocacy work but didn’t decide to major in political science until interning with the Obama campaign. Atkins studied abroad in Monterey, Mexico and attended the Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. A college senior ranked at the top of her class, she is a proud Bennett Belle. “Attending Bennett has been a life-changing experience,” Atkins said. “It has definitely helped me become the young individual that I am today.” After graduating, she hopes to teach English in Malaysia for a year through the Fulbright Scholarship before going back to school. Atkins is finishing a position with Americorps as a student service engagement specialist with the Black Child Development Institute and works as a model — she will be in a fashion show next month.

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