Local Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter presents biennial Debutante Cotillion
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tristen Johnson, daughter of Rufus and Teresa Johnson, was crowned Miss Cotillion during the biennial Debutante Cotillion sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Mu Omega chapter.
Eight young ladies were presented to society during the event June 21 at the Shores Resort and Spa before an audience of more than 125 family and community members.
Besides Johnson, who is a rising senior at Calvary Christian Academy, other participants were Bri’elle Black, a 2014 graduate of Spruce Creek High, who was escorted by Markale Ford; Mainland High School 2014 graduates Jazmine Logan and Tamera Wiggins, who were escorted by Marcus Edwards and Sean Hyacinth, respectively.
The following rising seniors, all students at Mainland High, also were presented: Antoniette Chapman, escorted by Chayce Wesley Hamilton; Kemari Thomas, escorted by Bobby Antwon Brown, and Alexia Scarbrough, escorted by Daquan Kyleef Horton. Katrinka Strickland, a rising senior at Spruce Creek High, was escorted by Garrett Wilson. Arthur Wesley was the escort for Tristen Johnson.
Johnson and Wiggins were each the recipients of scholarships handed out by the sorority for the event. Besides the scholarships, several young ladies were recognized for leadership, most accomplished and the chairman’s award.
Miss Bud Deb winner
In addition to the debutantes, the event also served as the culminating event for Miss Bud Deb, a program for girls ages 5 to 8 years. The winner this year was Athena McWiliams, daughter of Shalani Ray McWilliams.
Other participants were Kaila Ayana Bellamy, daughter of Ashley Ritchie and Kevin Bellamy; Tori S. Burns, daughter of Eddie and Leticia Burns; Jade Madison Long and Jayla McKenzie Long, both daughters of Kristie Long and Jaime Long; Amina McGee, daughter of Trinese Hester and Roy McGee; Jazia Honey Miller, daughter of Iesha Simmons and Julian Miller and granddaughter of Julia Jamerson; and Terriahna Williams, daughter Tori Culver and Heith Williams.
Major sponsors for this year’s presentation were Daytona State College, Bethune-Cookman University, restaurateur Michele Carter Scott and Florida Hospital Memorial, as well as Daytona Beach Commissioners Patrick Henry, Paula Reed and Carl Lentz.