The Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented 13 young women to society on June 23 at its biennial Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Gala held at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.
During the gala, the young women and their escorts performed traditional cotillion dances and were recognized for their academic achievements as well as their participation in the debutante program.
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to debutantes Dymond Anthony, daughter of Joan Anthony of New Smyrna Beach and Nathaniel T. Anthony; and Jade McCrary, daughter of Earl and Dr. Sharon McCrary of South Daytona.
Other award winners
Economic Incentive Award winners were Dymond Anthony (first place); Jordan Pride, daughter of Wanda and Johnnie Pride of Port Orange (second place); and Jade McCrary (third place).
The Chairman’s Award went to Cherell and Sherlyn Davis, twin daughters of Sharon and Earnest Davis of Daytona Beach. Ashley Daniels, daughter of Linda Jenkins and James A. Jenkins Sr. of Deltona, was named Most Congenial. The Scholar-Athlete Award went to Shar’Quayla Baker, the great-granddaughter of Carol Baker of New Smyrna Beach and daughter of Sakenia Lewis of Jacksonville.
The Bud Debutante Economic Incentive Award Economic went to (Nadia Hamilton, daughter of Salina and Sean Hamilton of Daytona Beach (first place); Jade Long, daughter of Kristie Long and Jaime Ashley (second place); and Janiyah Giddens, daughter of Regina and Joseph Giddens (third place).
Goal of program
The goal of the debutante program is to provide activities that will enhance the development of outstanding young women in the Greater Daytona Beach Area.
Girls selected to participate have taken part in community service projects and attended workshops covering a variety of topics including social etiquette, health and personal finance.
The 13 debutantes are seniors and recent graduates of Volusia and Flagler high schools.
They include: (Atlantic High School) Cherell Davis, Sherlyn Davis, and Shantazia Howard; (Flagler-Palm Coast High School) Lynona McKinzie; (Mainland High School) Ashley Daniels, Kydea Leonard and Destinie Willis; (Spruce Creek High School) Dymond Anthony, Jade McCrary, Jordan Pride and Jessica Spencer; and (New Smyrna Beach High School) Shar’Qualya and Shar’Quan Baker.
This year’s Bud Debutantes included: Ta’Kylee Bostick; Faith Edgerton; Janiyah Giddens; Nadia Hamilton, Vashti Jackson, Jade Long and Kamya Walker.