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Photos by Rob Roberts

May 12, 2012 - May 18, 2012, The Afro-American

The 55th Annual Debutante Cotillion, sponsored by The Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia (IFNV) on behalf of the lovely ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!®, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter was celebrated at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Va. on April 14. Olivia Anne Green was crowned Miss Cotillion by Stranjae’ Alexus-Dawn Ivory-Boynes, Miss Cotillion 2011 and a current pre-med student attending Spelman College. Other honorees included Darian Nadine Nichols, Miss Cotillion First Attendant; Hailey Terese, Miss Cotillion, Second Attendant; and Dominique Francine Elias, Miss Congeniality. Michelle M. Jones, president, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter delivered the welcome for this culmination of debutante activities that began last fall and Hazel Cameron, chairman, Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia, delivered the greeting and expressed gratitude to those gathered Miss Cotillion Second Attendant, Hailey in support of this IFNV-sponsored event. Former Prince George’s Terese May, Miss Cotillion 2012 Olivia Anne County Council member, Dorothy Bailey provided the Charge Green, Miss Cotillion First Attendant and and a moving message of encouragement to the group of eleven Miss Congeniality, Dominique Francine to set their sights on becoming professionals in their chosen fields. Elias Jones deemed the event “outstanding” and congratulated the event’s cochairmen Demaris Thompson, Carolyn Rowe, Gayle Jordan, Valerie Flournoy and the Directress Committee for a job well done. Miss Cotillion 2011, Stranjae’ IvoryBoynes crowned Miss Cotillion 2012, Olivia Ann Green.

The Debutantes: Standing - Dominique Francine Alias; Ashleigh Renee Benson; Hailey Terese May; Ralphfelle Jeanette Bruce; Colissa Rachael Huggins and Joran Ashley Youmans. Seated - Darian Nadine Nichols; Melanie Clarice Boykin; Nicole Ellyse Mobley; Olivia Ann Green and Jazana Monique Goolsby

Carolyn Rowe, Valerie Flournoy, Hazel Cameron, IFNV Chairman, Michelle Jones, President, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter, Demaris Thompson and Gayle Jordan

Father and daughter dancing the waltz.

The Fathers

Foundation and Chapter Officers along with Cotillion Planning Committee Members

The Mothers

Jackson State University Alumni members; Ted Fykes; Bobby Mason; Dr. Amel Anderson and Solomon Henderson

Erica Jeffers, Hazel Cameron, Dorothy Bailey, keynote speaker, Michelle Jones and Kendra Gillerpie

The leadership and planning committee for the TJAM Gala.

TJAM is a collaboration of Washington Metropolitan area’s finest Mississippi Universities: Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS;  Jackson State,  Jackson,  MS; Alcorn State, Lorman, MS;  and Mississippi Valley State, Itta Amina Gilyard, Miss Black DC USA; Sharon Bena, MS. They hosted a Gala dinner and dance Davis, President, Greater Washington JSU to raise scholarship funds for students from the Alumni Chapter; Edgar Brookins, JSU Alumni Greater Washington DC and Ebony Andrews, Miss Black MD USA area attending the four Mississippi Universities held at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center in Southeast, Washington, DC . Chapter Alumni Presidents are:  Tougaloo College, Kathy Mosley; Jackson Mississippi Valley State University Alumni and guests State University, Sharon Davis; Alcorn State University, Sam Washington, and Misssissippi Valley State University, Gredta Hubbard.  This collaborated event was held to raise awareness and funds to send students from the Greater Washington DC Area Tougaloo College Alumni Chapter members Washington DC area to the four Mississippi Universities. Special Guests attending included Miss Black DC USA, Amina Gilyard and Miss Black Maryland USA, Ebony Andrews.  Dancing music was provided by the DC Soul Patrol of Washington DC. Jackson State University Alumni Chapter Members and their guests Photos by Rob Roberts

participants;  acknowledgement of contributors to the 365 donation campaign, and to provide fellowship The annual meeting of the Montgomery County opportunities for the membership.  In (MD) Delta Alumnae Foundation (MCDAF) was held attendance were the Montgomery County to update members about Foundation programs; Executive, the honorable Isaiah Leggett, presentation of community grants to  501(C) 3 Dr. Judith Docca, member, Montgomery organizations/agencies;  presentation of the Chair County Board of Education, representing Recognition Award;  recognition of Science, Technology, Dr. Joshua Starr, MCPS Superintendent Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program of Schools; Dr. Darryl Williams, Community Superintendent and Mrs. Myra Smith, Community Superintendent; Dr. Donna Redmond-Jones, principal, Rosa Parks Middle School;  Christine Lewis, teacher, Neelsville Middle School, and Kimberly Johnson-Redder, science content specialist and STEM coordinator representing Dr. Edgar Malker, principal Montgomery Village Middle School; Dollye McClain, former principal, Neelsville Mya Smith, Dr. Darryl Williams Middle School;  STEM students from the and Dr. Sheila M. Dobbins three MCPS middle schools, their parents and members of MCDAF. The annual

Grant recipients: Donald Williams, Unity Christian Fellowship and Denise S. Fredericks, Stepping Stone Shelter

meeting was conducted by Dr. Sheila M. Dobbins, MCDAF chair. The fellowship included a sumptuous meal catered by and held at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dr. Sheila M. Dobbins and Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett

Chapter members and guest

Dollye V. McClain, Christina Lewis, Davien Benjamin and Dr. Lorriane Fleming, who spoke about the STEM Program.

Yaminah Leggett-Wells, Elizabeth Stroud and Miyarda Hanson

The 365 Club

66 Pearls of Peace Photos by Rob Roberts

On April 21, the Alexandria Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. held their 5th Annual Spring Luncheon at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington to celebrate the “Spirit of Sisterhood”, and highlight educational achievement in Northern Virginia.  The Nu Xi Zeta Chapter honored Tina Hone, former Fairfax County School Board member, as their 2012 Woman of the Year, and recognized the Wakefield High School United Minority Girls initiative for their work preparing girls for college.  The Chapter’s charitable foundation, the Nu Xi Zeta HAVE Foundation awarded a scholarship to Ayzha Ward, a 4.0 student at TC Williams High School. Emceed by Gigi Barnett, anchor of the Weekend Morning

Edition on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, the luncheon was supported by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), Alexandria Delegate Charniele Herring, Miss Black Virginia, Kimi Holloway, and several other community leaders. Courtesy Photos

Chapter President Krysta Jones and Luncheon Chair Jessica Bantom (l-r)

Past Nu Xi Zeta president Emmanuella DuPlessy Greene (R) and 2011-2012 Member of the Year, Kisha Dyson (L)

Nu Xi Zeta president Krysta Jones with Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Miss Black VA USA Kimi Holloway

2012 Nu Xi Zeta Woman of the Year,  Tina Hone(left), Mary Moran, and Alexandria Delegate Charniele Herring, 2009 Nu Xi Zeta Woman of the Year

Chapter President Krysta Jones with representatives from the Wakefield High School United Minority Girls initiative.

Nu Xi Zeta 2nd Vice President Rhonda Anderson and scholarship winner Ayzha Ward

2011-2012 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria/Springfield, VA.


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