Lucas Habte

Hometown: Fair Oaks, CA

high school: Bella Vista High School

college: Harvard University

MAJOR: History and Science

Lucas Habte was born in Sacramento, California, but his earliest childhood memories come from the five years he spent living in Kingston, Jamaica from the ages of two to six. This early exposure to a different culture expanded Lucas’ perspectives and contributed to his current interest in world cultures and history, as well as instilled in him a desire to learn and serve.

After returning to the States, from a young age Lucas started to enroll in the most difficult educational programs available. He participated in the Rapid Learner program in elementary school, the High Achiever program in middle school, along with a number of AP classes in high school. Because of his hard work, he was honored by his high school as a top history and calculus scholar, and nationally as an AP Scholar with Honor, a National Merit Commended Student, and a National Achievement Scholar. Also in high school, he worked as an intern in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as participated in Moot Court, the Legal Heritage Institute, and Science Olympiad. Additionally, as a member of the Grants Advisory Board for Youth, he helped chose how to allocate $70,000 to youth-led community projects, and with the Breathe California Youth Advisory Board, he conducted an air quality assessment of his high school.

As an undergraduate at Harvard College, Lucas majored in History and Science with a minor in Visual and Environmental Sciences. He was a member of the Kuumba Singers, the radio station (95.3 WHRB), and the Harvard College in Asia Program. He received his AB in 2011.

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