The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Delta Omega Omega Chapter, will present the 50th Debutante Cotillion Ball Saturday, Dec. 16. The Debutante Reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Pine Bluff Convention Center lobby.

The Debutante Ball starts promptly at 7 p.m. in Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena. The cotillion ball is steered by Debutante Cotillion Tri-Chairmen Commeka Goodloe, Michaela Howard and Lavatia Wooten.

The theme for this year’s formal event is “Precious Pearls Radiating Golden Beauty.”

According to a news release, “45 outstanding young women from Pine Bluff and surrounding cities will be formally introduced to society.”

The young women will be presented with their personal accomplishments and ambitions noted. Some of the highlights will include presenting a formal cotillion dance, the waltz with their presenters and their escorts.

“This presentation of young women into society has been one of the major activities for the Delta Omega Omega Chapter,” the news release said. The first Debutante Cotillion Ball was held 50 years ago at Hestand Stadium and to-date, hundreds of young women have participated in the annual event.

According to Howard, “Over the last three months, the debutantes have participated in numerous social, cultural, academic, health and community service projects.”

Some of their activities have included an Evening of Etiquette (formal dinner), ACT Prep Workshops, Adopt a Park at Lighthouse Charter School, Public Speaking Workshop, a Fashion Show, College Night, Social Etiquette Panel, Jefferson County Run/Walk/Dance, Volunteering with Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends, UAPB Game Tailgating, Zumba at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, Lip Sync Battle, and Church Service with Miss. Deb at Mount Harmony Baptist Church.

Through the years, the debutante program has become a vehicle to acknowledge college-bound young ladies who have distinguished themselves scholastically, bestow academic scholarships, as well as a means by which young women can provide service to the community.

“They find it to be equally important to learn social graces, leadership skills and making lifelong friendships,” the news release said.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is composed of a nucleus of over 290,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, and Korea and on the continent of Africa.

For additional information concerning the Debutante Cotillion please contact Tri-Chairmen at commekagoodloe@yahoo.com , myssmyke256@yahoo.com, or lwooten70@icloud.com.

The 2017 Debutantes are:

Debutante Alantis Shavonne Alexander

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Erick Walker, Sr.

and Mr. Antonio Alexander

Presenter:

Mr. Antonio Alexander, Father

School:

White Hall High School

Escort:

Emmanuel Young, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mrs. TaCarla Young

and Mr. Emmanuel Young, Sr.

Debutante Jerica Bell

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Johnson

and Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Bell

Presenter:

Mr. Johnathan Bell, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Kaleb Hill

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Tara Ward

Debutante Deaysia Bishop

Parents:

The late Ms. Andrika Henderson and the late Mr. Reggie Bishop

Grandparents:

Mr. Leevell and Mrs. Erma Henderson

Presenter:

Mr. Leevell Henderson, Grandfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Kylen Williams

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Kincyl Kelly

and Mr. Barry Williams

Debutante CeAnna Blunt

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton & Karen Blunt

Presenter:

Mr. Clifton Blunt, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Chandler Tate

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Tate

Debutante Britney Bobo

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Bobo

Presenter:

Mr. Gregory Bobo, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Kevawn Goins

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Theresa Scott and the late Mr. Wiley Goins

Debutante Kaya Boston

Parents:

Ms. Lamontica McFarland

and Mr. Terrance Boston

Presenter:

Mr. Terrance Boston, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jaylin Dean

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams

and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dean

Debutante Keirria Brice

Parents:

Mrs. Karla Brice and Mr. Kinney Brice

Presenter:

Mr. Kinney Brice, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Derrick Sloan, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Sloane, Sr.

Debutante Joy Byrd

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Byrd

Presenter:

Mr. Raymond Byrd, Father

School:

Ridgway Christian High School

Escort:

Jarvis Paylor

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Paylor

Debutante Charla Colen

Parents:

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Colen, Jr.

Presenter:

Dr. Charles Colen, Jr., Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Drayton Noble

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Loyd and Mrs. Kellie Vaugh Noble

Debutante Carrington Craig

Parents:

Ms. Sonja James and Mr. Anthony Craig

Presenter:

Mr. Jesse Butler, Grandfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Cameron Crane

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Crane

Debutante Elise Darton

Parents:

Rev. and Mrs. Arnold Robertson, Jr.

and Mr. Edward Darton, III

Presenter:

Rev. Arnold Robertson, Jr., Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Diaundre’ Ellison

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Maricha Walker

and Mr. Clint Ellison

Debutante Marissa Davis

Parents:

Rev. and Mrs. Renice Davis

Presenter:

Rev. Renice Davis, Father

School:

Arkansas Virtual Academy

Escort:

Coby Rhodes

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Lumound and Mrs. Tokemma Rhodes

Debutante Tori Davis

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Davis

Presenter:

Mr. Kenny Davis, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Gregory King

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Jackson

Debutante Kaylin Dean

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams,

and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dean

Presenter:

Mr. Jason Williams, Stepfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Mr. Dimetrick Wallace

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Deondrick Wallace and Ms. Kim Howard

Debutante Lydya DeShazier

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Travis DeShazier

Presenter:

Mr. Travis DeShazier, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Johnathon Callum

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. James Bowman

Debutante ILiah Easter

Parents:

Mrs. Peggy Easter and Mr. Isaiah Easter

Presenter:

Mr. Aubrey Goodwin, Grandfather

School:

Ridgway Christian School

Escort:

Braylon Hill

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Juan and Mrs. Christi Hill

Debutante Kalaya Evans

Parents:

Mr. Dewaine and Dr. Vivian Evans

Presenter:

Mr. Dewaine Evans, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Wesley Hunt, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Wesley Hunt, Sr.

and Mrs. Vanina Hunt

Debutante Tyesha Ferguson

Parents:

Ms. Tamela Ferguson

and Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Toney

Presenter:

Mr. Marcus Toney, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

D’Vonte Jackson

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Hazel Jackson

Debutante Jerrica Gipson

Parents:

Mrs. Charliemay Gipson

and Mr. Jeremy Gipson

Presenter:

Mr. Fernard Gardner, Cousin

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Taylor Johnson

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Laura Hildreth

and Mr. Bernard Johnson

Debutante Bobbi-Simone Glover

Parents:

Ms. Mamie Smile and Mr. Vince Glover

Presenter:

Mr. Vince Glover, Father

School:

White Hall High School

Escort:

Marcus Richardson

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Maxine Fox

Debutante Nia Hall

Parents:

Ms. LaDonna Hall

Presenter:

Mr. Nicholas Hall, Brother

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Quentin Urquhart

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Elaine Ridgell

Debutante Kimerra Handley

Parents:

Ms. Kimberly Williams

and Mr. Thaddeus Handley

Presenter:

Mr. Thaddeus Handley, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Jalyn Williams

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Karla Williams

and Mr. Corey Williams

Debutante Roshuna Harris

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Harris

Presenter:

Mr. Rodney Washington, Stepfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Kevin Crumpton, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Crumpton,Sr.

Debutante Trinity Haynes

Parents:

Ms. Nikita Brown and Mr. Jessie Haynes

Presenter:

Mr. Kieran Scott, Brother

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Isiah Singleton

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Singleton

Debutante Tienesha Hence

Parents:

Mr. Olenteonis Hence

and the late Mrs. Tiesa Hence

Presenter:

Mr. Olenteonis Hence, Father

School:

White Hall High School

Escort:

Kalab Glover

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Owens

Debutante Destini Hill

Parents:

Mrs. Laqueta Hill

and the late Mr. Robert Hill

Presenter:

Mr. John Releford, Sr, Grandfather

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Demetris Johnson, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Flora Gipson and Mrs. Takellia Johnson and Mr. Demetris Johnson, Sr.

Debutante Lakeeya Hopkins

Parents:

Ms. Amy Lowe and Mr. Elijah Hopkins

Presenter:

Mr. Elijah Hopkins, Father

School:

Dollarway High School

Escort:

Kaleb Taylor

Parents of Escort:

The late Ms. Latosha Hopkins and Rev. and Mrs. Christopher Mack III

Debutante Madison Jackson

Parents:

Ms. Nicole Barr

and Mr. James Jackson III

Presenter:

Mr. James Jackson III, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Jordan Partridge

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Chelley Partridge

Debutante Kiyah Jasper

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Jasper, Sr.

Presenter:

Mr. Timothy Jasper, Sr., Father

School:

North Little Rock High School

Escort:

Rex Smith, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mrs. Amanda Hines

and Mr. Rex Smith, Sr.

Debutante Briana Johnson

Parents:

Mrs. Angela Johnson

and Mr. Larry Johnson

Presenter:

Mr. Joey Gardner, Brother

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Tarius Burnett

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Torrie Mitchell

and Mr. Terry Burnett

Debutante Or’Lexis Lane

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Ormond Lane

Presenter:

Mr. Ormond Lane, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jaylen Williams

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Williams

Debutante Ariana Lovett

Parents:

Ms. Travestine Lovett

Presenter:

Mr. Alfred Flowers, Sr., Grandfather

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Justin Tillar

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Dewonna Collier

Debutante Kennedy McCoy

Parents:

Ms. Sherri McCoy

Presenter:

Mr. J. Y. Williams, Jr., Grandfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Keith Boyd

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Keith and Mrs. Jacquelyn Boyd

Debutante Farolyn Murray

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Murray, Sr.

Presenter:

Mr. Roosevelt Murray, Sr., Father

School:

White Hall High School

Escort:

Kendrick Williams, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick Williams, Sr.

Debutante Robbye Payne

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Payne

Presenter:

Mr. Kelvin Payne, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Markevion Harris

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnett

Debutante Kamrin Peters

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee

and Mr. Anthony Peters, Jr.

Presenter:

Mr. Michael Lee, Stepfather

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Cory Evans, Jr.

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Cory Evans, Sr.

Debutante Corinne Ridgell

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. David Ridgell

Presenter:

Mr. Thomas Gathen, Grandfather

School:

Warren High School

Escort:

Marcus Richardson

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Maxine Fox

Debutante Tykia Roberson

Parents:

Ms. Kenyada Ireland

and Mr. Gregory Murray

Presenter:

Mr. Gregory Murray, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Darian Scull

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Carla Johnson

Debutante Deachane Scott

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Tamika Scott

Presenter:

Mr. Michael Scott, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jyrimee Thompson

Parents of Escort:

Mrs. Pamela Hawkins

Debutante Jylia Spencer

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Blood and Mr. Jason Spencer

Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Blood, Stepfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Timothy Barnett

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnett

Debutante Nia Smith

Parents:

Mrs. Stacey Smith

and Mr. Terrance Smith

Presenter:

Mr. Terrance Smith, Father

School:

Little Rock Central High School

Escort:

Jared Turner

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Turner

Debutante Markiya Standoak

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Standoak, Sr.

Presenter:

Mr. Curtis Standoak, Sr., Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jeremy Frazier

Parents of Escort:

Ms. Marcia Ladd

and Mr. Clevent Frazier

Debutante JoAnna Swygert

Parents:

Mr. Barry Swygert and Mrs. Stephanie Swygert

Presenter:

Mr. Barry Swygert, Father

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jeremy Tolbert

Parents of Escort:

Mr. Jerry Tolbert

and Mrs. Juanita Tolbert

Debutante De’shabrion Williams

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Z. and Angelia Williams

Presenter:

Mr. Larry Williams, Father

School:

Watson Chapel High School

Escort:

Dorian Livingston

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Keidric Livingston

and Ms. Karryette Hollowell

Debutante Jaidan Woods-Keith

Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Young, Jr.

and Mr. Davion Keith

Presenter:

Mr. Alton Young, Jr., Stepfather

School:

Pine Bluff High School

Escort:

Jonathan Giddens

Parents of Escort:

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Giddens