The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, will present the 49th Debutante Cotillion Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Ballroom of the Pine Bluff Convention Center Plaza.

The Delta Omega Omega Chapter president is Toni McCastle. The cotillion ball is steered by Tri-Chairmen Monic Isom, Chandra Griffin and Regina Carter-Carroll.

The theme for this year's formal event is “Cultured Pearls in a Winter Wonderland.” Forty-two outstanding young women from Pine Bluff and surrounding cities will be formally introduced to society, according to a news release. 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 first Debutante Cotillion Ball was held forty-nine years ago at Hestand Stadium and to-date; hundreds of young women have participated in the annual event.

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

Some of their activities have included an Evening of Etiquette (formal dinner), ACT Prep Workshops, Public Speaking Workshop, a fashion show showcasing social and professional attire, Social Etiquette Panel, Jefferson County Run/Walk/Dance, Volunteering with Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends, Zumba at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, Skating at Skateland, volunteering in the soup kitchen at St. Peter's Catholic Church, and Church Service at Old St. James Baptist Church.

Through the years, the debutante program has become a vehicle to recognize 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.

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 is composed of a nucleus of 265,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa. For more information concerning the 2016 Debutante Cotillion, contact Ivy Leaf Reporter, Deborah Thomas at Deborah.thomas@pinebluffschools.org

This year's debutantes are:

Debutante: Matti L. Akins

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Rosalind Davies and the Late Thomas J. Johnson

Presenter: Mr. Cedric Webb, Uncle

Escort: Harold B. Hunter III

Debutante: Brianna S. Allen

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Ms. Carmen Jones and Mr. Courtney Allen

Presenter: Mr. Charles Hobbs, Father

Escort: Toree B. Flenon

Debutante: Kadazha C. Barnes

School: Watson Chapel High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Al Barnes

Presenter: Mr. Al Barnes, Father

Escort: John L. White III

Debutante: Brittney S. Bass

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Buford, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bass

Presenter: Mr. Keith Bass, Father

Escort: Ronald D. Rockett III

Debutante: Nyjha N. Bates

School: Ridgway Christian High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bates

Presenter: Mr. Eric Bates, Father

Escort: James R. Scott III

Debutante: Alicia Y. Boyd

School: Sheridan High School

Parents: Mrs. Tracie Boyd and Mr. Lugene Boyd

Presenter: Mr. Lugene Boyd, Father

Escort: Nickolas D. Gentris

Debutante: Kyra L. Brice

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Kinney Brice

Presenter: Mr. Kinney Brice, Father

Escort: Dawson G. Hamilton

Debutante: Taylor I. Burnett

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Jason Harris and Mr. Cedric Jackson

Presenter: Mr. Jason L. Harris, Father

Escort: Vincent A. Abraham

Debutante: Katlyne K. Butler

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Butler

Presenter: Mr. Derrick Butler, Father

Escort: Eric K. Yelland

Debutante: Ineka M. Clark

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Issace Clark

Presenter: Mr. Issace Clark, Father

Escort: Curtis L. Pittmon

Debutante: Kelsey T. Coleman

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mrs. Tracy Nicholson and Mr. Joey Coleman

Presenter: Mr. Joey Coleman, Father

Escort: Dailyon J. D. Jones

Debutante: Ciarra C. Collins

School: Eagles Landing High School

Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Collins II

Presenter: Dr. Kenneth R. Collins II, Father

Escort: Anthony R. Adams

Debutante: Ashanti T. Cooper

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Love, the Late Mrs. Clemertine Cole-Cooper and Mr. McConico Creggett

Presenter: Mr. McConico Creggett, Father

Escort: Cameron C. Blackwell

Debutante: Ja'Kieria J. Davis

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Tracey Rabun and the Late Mr. Jason Lawrence, Sr.

Presenter: Mr. Dexter K. Lee, Cousin

Escort: Jaylon M. Deshazier

Debutante: Elana Dillingham

School: Wilbur D. Mills High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Dillingham

Presenter: Mr. Oliver Dillingham, Father

Escort: Michael Williams

Debutante: DeAsia O. Epperson

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Parker

Presenter: Mr. Lynn Parker, Stepfather

Escort: Corveon S. Ganter

Debutante: Desiree E. Furlow

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Ms. Sandra Furlow

Presenter: Mr. Earnesto F. Ford, Godfather

Escort: Tre'veyon Shelton

Debutante: Ashlee N. Harris

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Harris Sr.

Presenter: Mr. Arthur Harris, Sr., Father

Escort: Taylor A. Pugh

Debutante: Moriah P. Houston

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mrs. Meegan Houston and Mr. Derric Bethune

Presenter: Mr. Derric Bethune, Father

Escort: Jordan M. Sims

Debutante: Jamie C. Jefferson

School: Arlington High School

Parents: Ms. Gwen Jefferson and Mr. Rodney Jefferson

Presenter: Mr. Rodney Jefferson, Father

Escort: Cameron B. Robertson

Debutante: Erin E. Johnson

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Temitope Ojofeitimi and Mr. Masco Johnson III

Presenter: Mr. Robert Butler, Uncle

Escort: Kyle A. Bearden

Debutante: Najallah M. Johnson

School: Watson Chapel High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. William Dunn and Mr. Jamie Johnson

Presenter: Mr. Clincy Trammell III, Grandfather

Escort: Kacy L. Higgin, Jr.

Debutante: Taylor T. Johnson

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Scotty Johnson

Presenter: Mr. Scotty Johnson, Father

Escort: Jalen Jamie Bass

Debutante: Alexandria S. Jones

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Aisha Madison and Mr. Anthony Jones, Sr.

Presenter: Mr. Anthony D. Jones, Sr., Father

Escort: Timmie T. Austin, Jr.

Debutante: Kayla M. Kirklin

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Ms. Becky Kirklin and Mr. Malcolm Howard

Presenter: Mr. Malcolm Howard, Father

Escort: Devontae J. Brown

Debutante: Meaghan D. Kolen

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Ms. Phyllis Childs and Mr. Royce Kolen

Presenter: Mr. Zachary Erkins

Escort: Demetris L. Johnson

Debutante: Na'Keia J. Love

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Onekia Freeman and the Late Mr. Mark Love

Presenter: Mr. David Hogan, Godfather

Escort: Javin L. Thompson

Debutante: Chandra J. Lusk

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Ms. Beverly Lusk and Mr. Freddie Strain

Presenter: Mr. Freddie Strain, Father

Escort: Markel T. Woolfolk

Debutante: Alexi S. Mack

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Rev. and Mrs. Christopher Mack, Sr.

Presenter: Rev. Christopher Mack, Sr., Father

Escort: Markeice J. Hopkins

Debutante: Rachele L. McArthur

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mrs. Evelyn McArthur and Mr. William McArthur

Presenter: Mr. Terrance Mitchner, Uncle

Escort: Braelin Hence

Debutante: Keyana M. Morehead

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Ms. Lovetta Morehead

Presenter: Mr. Samuel Gibson, Uncle

Escort: Jimmy R. Sanders

Debutante: Kimberley A. Moye'

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. Bearl and Mrs. Kimberly Cole-Bentley

Presenter: Lt. Michael Jenkins, Sr., Godfather

Escort: Evan R. Buckner

Debutante: Mikeia K. Ridgell

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ridgell

Presenter: Mr. Michael Ridgell, Father

Escort: Devonta A. Harkless

Debutante: Catherine E. Shorter

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Mrs. Ella Evans and Mr. Glen Langel

Presenter: Mr. Glen Langel, Father

Escort: Donta L. Clock

Debutante: Jamecia J. Shorter

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Ms. Shameka Craig and Mr. Solomon Shorter

Presenter: Mr. Solomon Shorter, Father

Escort: Brandon D. Thomas

Debutante: Ariana J. Sims

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Mr. O.B. and Mrs. Martha Frost-Owens and Mr. Donald Sims

Presenter: Mr. Donald Sims, Father

Escort: Trayveon T. Woods

Debutante: Genevia L. Sims

School: Dollarway High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Sims, Sr.

Presenter: Mr. Patrick Sims, Father

Escort: Rodney L. Tenzie, Jr.

Debutante: Julia M. Taylor

School: White Hall High School

Parents: Dr. Janet Curry and Mr. Lou Taylor

Presenter: Mr. Lou Taylor, Father

Escort: Tylan C. Johnson

Debutante: Destiny O. Thompson

School: Pine Bluff High School

Parents: Ms. Rhonda Jones and Mr. Eugene Thompson

Presenter: Mr. Eugene Thompson, Father

Escort: Eric D. Hall, Jr.

Debutante: Mya D. Ware

School: Watson Chapel High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ware

Presenter: Mr. Michael Ware, Father

Escort: Anthony Luckett, Jr.

Debutante: J'Tyra L. Wiley

School: Watson Chapel High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Steve Reeves

Presenter: Mr. Steve Reeves, Father

Escort: Mikal M. Johnson

Debutante: Chandler C. Wilson

School: Watson Chapel High School

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wilson

Presenter: Mr. Dennis Wilson, Father

Escort: Kylan D. Williams