She attended Madison Shannon Palmer High School in Marks, Mississippi, where she was an active member and leader of several high school organizations. She began her rise to royalty when she was crowned Miss Madison Shannon Palmer High School. She graduated in the top five percent of her class, earning her a scholarship to Rust College.
As a Bearcat, Shakaree has served as a Resident Assistant, Assistant Residence Hall Director (Wiff Hall), Math and Science Club secretary, Activities Coordinator for the NAACP, Secretary for the Mississippi Association of Educators, “Smart Kids” Conference Coordinator for the E.A. Smith Honors Society, member of the Pre-Alumni Council, member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, and vice president of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. While serving in these many positions, Shakaree has maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology in April 2013, Shakaree plans to further her academic studies by attending graduate school and pursuing a doctorate in cancer biology.
Shakaree says she is a true advocate for change and the betterment of mankind. She believes “for everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else. It is about your outlook toward life. You can either regret or rejoice.”
Her personal motto is “Sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, and live like it’s Heaven on earth.”