Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents debutantes

Published 9:57 am Monday, May 1, 2017

The Lambda Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will present 12 young ladies to society at their Bi-Annual Ball on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m., at the auditorium of Southampton High School in Courtland.

This year’s debutantes are: Jesikah Rena Benton (Lakeland High); Tionna Latoria Boone (Southampton High); Niara Ford (Southampton High); Layla Tatyana Freeman (Southampton High); Nachelae Denise Harper (Franklin High); Shemia Vinisha Jarrett (Southampton High); Nyasia Love Jones (Southampton High); Amari Teree Long (Southampton High); Keyana Yvonne Cason Rose (Great Bridge High); Destynie Sebrell (Franklin High); Precious Junicqua Stephens (Franklin High); and Kaitlyn Holland Whitehead (Southampton High).

The debutantes participated in a year-long enrichment activities that included: a dress for success day; college tours; Christmas parade; Trooper Hill Toy Drive; public speaking presentations; the premiere of the movie, Hidden Figures; formal dining at The Backporch Grill of the Village at Woods Edge; Broadway play, “The Wiz;” a ballroom dancing workshop from a Williamsburg studio; a financial literacy workshop; a scrapbook of a debutante’s journey; a Power in Skirts Seminar; a homeownership seminar; and a Black History program by James McGee.

A photo shoot was done by Gwen Wilson Photography inside the edifice of Fellowship Around The Word Church in Franklin.

The debutantes created and participated in several fundraisers for the sorority. All young ladies selected have met the challenges placed before them and they display high scholastic achievement, tenacity, commitment and good character.

The public is invited to join the debutantes, their parents and members of Lambda Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. on Saturday, June 3. The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of Miss Cotillion 2017.

Attire for the evening is Sunday Finery.

Alfreda Talton-Harris and Sitrina Brown- Bynum are Cotillion Committee chairmen. Rhonda Chambliss is Publicity Committee designee. Dr. Cynthia Nicholson is the president of the chapter.

Admission by invitation can be obtained from the debutantes and chapter members.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1908. It is the oldest Greek lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 983 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the world. For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit