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Greetings Cotillion Guests: On behalf of the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our 10th Biennial “Emeralds of Excellence” Debutante Cotillion. Upsilon Omega Omega is comprised of a diverse group of women who are courageous, strong, and creative. We utilize our talents and resources to provide programs that address the many needs of the Irmo community including food and financial insecurity, and preparing our youth for success in an ever changing, global and complex society. We contribute countless volunteer hours dedicated to the principal of service to all mankind. The “Emeralds of Excellence” are young ladies who adhere to high scholastic and ethical standards. The yearlong program promotes unity and friendship, and provides an opportunity for participants to increase their knowledge of the social issues that impact everyone, but particularly girls and women in their communities. They are able to recognize their ability to be instrumental in facilitating meaningful changes in their environment. These young ladies exemplify poise, leadership and respect within their schools. It is our pleasure to share this debut moment with all of the families and friends attending today. The ladies of Upsilon Omega Omega proudly present and congratulate our future leaders, the 2016 “Emerald of Excellence”. Sincerely,

Theresa Counts-Davis

President, Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.




Greeting, On behalf of the members of the Emeralds of Excellence Scholarship Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter, it is a pleasure to congratulate the twenty four debutantes, eleven Ladies in Waiting and their parents who will be presented this evening at our tenth Emeralds of Excellence Debutante Cotillion & Gala. Hopefully, we have laid at least one brick in the foundation to building their future success in the communities in which they will impact and live.” The program is focused on enhancing the lives of participating young women while providing opportunities for the debutantes to earn scholarships for higher education. During the past nine months, the debutantes and ladies in waiting have participated in a variety of educational, cultural, community service and social activities designed to enhance their personal growth and development and to empower them to be successful during their transition from high school to college. We hope that this experience has been memorable, rewarding, and enriching and enjoyable and that the debutantes and Ladies in waiting have formed lasting bonds of friendship. The 2016 Emeralds of Excellence Debutantes will undoubtedly change the world. This group is comprised of future doctors, lawyers, athletes, educators, ballerinas, singers, just to name a few. It has been my honor and a pleasure to work with such an amazing group of young woman. My heart is over flowing with love and pride as I think of the influence my sisters and I have made in the lives of these young people, and more importantly the impact they’ve made in ours. Debutantes, on this evening as you make your debut, we salute and challenge you to embrace your future with open arms. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments, and we are confident that you will set yours goals high and realize your dreams. To the parents and guardians, we extend our sincere gratitude for your unselfish and untiring support of our debutantes and cotillion. We salute and congratulate you, as you also, will participate in the tenth Emeralds of Excellence Cotillion tonight. Debutantes and Ladies In Waiting, best wishes for life of happiness, fulfillment, success and love. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share a corner of your life. Yours very truly,

Jamesetta B. Lovett

Chairperson, Scholarship Committee

2015-2016 Scholarship & Debutante Cotillion






A History of Excellence

In 1999, the year after their chartering, the Upsilon Omega Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. created their scholarship and debutante program. The Emeralds of Excellence name was inherited from the interest group that chartered the chapter the year before, in 1998. At that time, the chapter consisted of less than 20 members, many of which had just graduated from college themselves. As we worked to define programs that would support and positively impact our communities, it became apparent that there was a deep desire to work with young women to help prepare them for successful college careers. Many of the members had been debutantes for various organizations as part of their introductions to society during their high school careers. Although the organizations may have been different, the experiences were much the same. (Countless debutante balls with over 100 young ladies, with scholarships only given to the top 2-3%.) Upsilon Omega Omega vowed to be different and they have been, every since the 19992000 season. That first season, there were only four (4) debutantes, but that didn’t stop the chapter from creating a full season of programs. They had money workshops to teach them how to avoid the pitfalls of poor money management and credit cards. They participated in community service projects, to instill the importance of serving the community. We hosted activities with the debutantes and their mothers and separate activities for the debutantes and their dads – all to reinforce the ties that bind. They had etiquette classes and ballroom dance lessons, all which culminated with a debutante ball. That May, four debutantes were awarded a total $4,000, and the Upsilon Omega Omega signature program was established. Through the years, the Emeralds of Excellence Scholarship Program has continued to grow and be refined, but the principles that it was founded on will always remain the same. Provide young women with the tools needed to be the leaders of the next generation, keep the number of Emeralds small enough that they can develop meaningful, lasting relationships with members of Alpha Kappa Alpha and each other, and award scholarships to each girl that earns it through her excellence throughout the year, not just on her individual ability to fundraise. May 14, 2016 culminates the 10th season of Emeralds of Excellence. To date, we have created 131 “Shimmering Emeralds” who have received approximately $136,500 in scholarships, and we are just getting started.

1999 - 2014 EMERALDS OF EXCLLENCE DEBUANTES 1999 Robyn Davis Watson - Chairperson

Joni Covington Candace Doby Celena James Karen Alexis Joy Rashana Singleton Courtney Young

2000 Robyn Davis Watson - Chairperson

Desireè Finch Shonteè Goldsboro Candice Jones 2002 Brenda Ishamael - Chairperson

Tiffany Boles Shanetra Davis Keisha Dyer LaKeshia Gleaton Dominique Grey

2002 - Continued

Leah Glover Sina Holloway Chane’l Jenkins Courtney Martin Darlene Morejo’n Rolanda Scott Melonie Stewart Tasia Wilson Kimberly Vinson Brittany Yarborough



A History of Excellence  

1999 - 2014 EMERALDS OF EXCLLENCE DEBUANTES 2004 Catrena Britton - Chairperson Tonya Anderson Kertisha Dixon Lebrandi Gardner Kimberly Guest Raelyn Jackson Amberley Lake Angel Lovett Aishya Myers Lauren Taylor Nicole Wigfall Tiffany Washington 2006 Dr. Joann Thompson - Chairperson Ashley Boyd Brittany Ellison Lydia Richardson Danielle Willie 2008 Dr. Joann Thompson - Chairperson Charma Anderson Candance Darby Casey Dike Saade Dukes Uzziah Goodwin Taylor Jackson Krystal LaBrew Amber Lewis Jazmin Moses Katelyn Price Faith Thompson Deninè White Michelle Yarborough

2010 Kimberly Butler Willis - Chairperson Ashley Adams Deris Alston Corie-Ann Barker Seepersaud Takiyah Collins Christine Counts - Davis Alysia Daniels Cara Leigh Davis Timbra Dye Ashlye Knowlin Ashley Lake LaRonda McCray Cheriè Murray Mya Praileau Taylor Reese Ebony Reeves Portia Salvant Daa’iyah White Sierra Youngblood 2012 Kimberly Butler Willis - Chairperson Shaamel Bates Shalise Bowens Kimberly Boyles Jasmine Brooks Jasmine Bruce Paige Cooper Adrienne Drake Eboni Drake S hanice Garner Arabia Gilliam Chelsea Glover Madison Jeter

2012 - Continued Kimberly Legette Laquana Lewis Jade McNair Alana Rabb Corina Samuel Sierra Small Courtney Thompson Anayshia Threatt A’lonna Tillman Hatara Tyson 2014 Jamesetta B. Lovett Chairperson Lyric Armon Tiara Banks Chelsee Barker - Seepersaud CiRae Bourke Jourdon Brooks Mikayla Brown Sydney Bryson Makayla Butler Lyric Chaplin Damaris Collier Danielle Conyers Janay Crosland Jaiah Dash Hannah Davis Tia Dye Shacoriya Eaves Whitney Evans - Whipple Chandyln Ferguson Felicia Finney Nicole Gillard

2014 - Continued Jocelyn Grace Jamelia Graham Jzalynn Green Brianna Harmon Carmen Jones Sydney Marsh Alexis McCoullough DeAntonte McMillian Aaliyah Moore Naomi Moore Alexis Muller Michaela Nelson Aravia Patterson Moesha Pauling Joycelyn Price Lacey Robinson Rayfany Scott Oshia Smalls

Congratulations to the 2016

Emeralds of Excellence!    


Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908 to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be supreme in service to all mankind. The sorority is composed of ten regions, including the international region. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is dedicated to improving our communities through various programs targeting the needs of the community. The Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered on May 9, 1998 and is headquartered in Irmo, South Carolina. The foresight of Upsilon Omega Omega began with the vision of her three insightful charter members, Malicia Sherman, Audria Pendergrass and Emily McCants, and evolved into an interest group of sixteen (16) young women known as the Emeralds of Excellence. The Emeralds of Excellence persevered many months and worked hard in the community until the reality of Upsilon Omega Omega was established. Upsilon Omega Omega continues to be supreme in service through a multitude of programs. Some of our programs include The Cinderella Project, a partnership with the SC Bar Association Young Lawyers Division to provide gently worn prom dresses and accessories free of charge to high school students; the Still Standing Survivors’ Luncheon, where we honor members of the community who have survived various health and personal crises such as HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and postpartum depression; the Women to Work Economic Empowerment Seminars, which provides insightful information to undergraduates and young adults about interviewing and work etiquette; seeking, maintaining and advancing in employment, and financial literacy. We sponsor voter education drives to register voters and educate the community about the voting process. Upsilon Omega Omega’s Girls of Promise and Boys of Purpose Mentoring Program provides to fifth grade girls and boys age appropriate information on a variety of topics ranging from peer pressure and bullying to online safety. Upsilon Omega Omega is a firm supporter of health initiatives such as the Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life, the American Cancer Society, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness and Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Programs. We also provide annual assistance to senior citizens residing at a local residential facility; collaborate with religious organizations to provide essential services to the homeless population, and youth aging out of the foster care system. Our annual Jazz & Art fundraiser provides funding for many of our chapter programs.

2016 - 2017 OFFICERS President - Theresa Counts - Davis Vice President - Deanna Boyd Recording Secretary - Latoya Kearns Assistant Secretary - Tiffany Simpson Correspondence Secretary - Shelia McNeal Treasurer - Kimberly Hunter Assistant Treasurer - Tawanda Webb Ivy Leaf Reporter - Javana Lovett

Financial Secretary - Christina Brimfield Assistant Financial Secretary - Trynee Thomas Chaplain - Vivian Coaxum Historian - Jessica Myles Hostess - Christina Wildy Keeper of the Door - Sonya Dunn - Brailsford Membership Chairperson - Rosalind Cook - Hillian 9




Tera Adams Roslyn Bellinger Carla Brabham Catrena Britton * Anita Broomfield-Byers Tara Brown Patrice Caldwell Stephanie Calloway Lakenya Campbell Britanna Canty-Wilson Allison Carroll Brittney Chalmers Dawn Chambers-Lynch Melisa Childs Vivian Coaxum Brittany Cole Rosalind Cook-Davis Tiffany Douglas Kimberly Drake Sonya Dunn-Brailsford Lil Eaves Latonya Edwards Nicole Edwards

Cherisha Floyd Lasasha Garrett Tia Geiger Ruby Gentry-Edwards Shanolta Glover Kimberly Grace Robin Grace Kaci Greene Ashley Harris Tameka Harris Ciandrea Hemingway Shakina Hicks Ebony Hilton Tara Houston-Taylor Kimberly Hunter Taylor Jackson Mary A. Jenkins Rosalind Johnson Erica Jones Kadijah Jones LaToya Kearns Shalonya Knotts-Holiday Erica Lake James

Emily Lanham * Deon Legette Breana Lipscomb Jamesetta Lovett Javana Lovett Torya Mathes-Evans Beverly McCullough Shelia McMillian Sheila McNeal Pamela Miller * Henretta Milton Jaleesa Moody Jacqueline Moss-Williams Abreian Myers Jessica Myles Dwiyana Owens-Hill Jennifer Patterson Fabrienne Payne * Lakisha Z. Phillips Joy Price Teffeny Prince Sandra Randolph Latasha Rivens

Anika Robinson Tiffany Simpson Sharee Carter Smith Shameka Stephney Christina Strickland-Wildy SeRina Suber-Brown Sharonda Sutton Deanna Taylor Trynee Thomas Faith Thompson Joann Thompson Mignon Lee Thompson Sheila Tyson Michelle Walker Deitra Watson Robyn Watson * Tawanda Webb Kimberly Wicker Latarsa Williams S. LaToya Williams Alexandra S. Witherspoon Ashley Young


Scholarship COMMITTEE

Jamesetta Lovett, Chair

Ruby Gentry-Edwards

Joy Price

Latoya Williams, Co Chair

Kim Grace, LIW Co Chair

Sandra Randolph

Deanna Boyd

Robin Grace

Sharee Smith

Catrena Britton, LIW Co Chair

Shakina Hicks

Michelle Walker

Vivian Coaxum

Shalonya Knotts-Holiday

Robyn Watson

Rosalind Cook-Hillian

Erica James-Lake

Christina Wildy

Theresa Counts—Davis

Emily Lanham

Ashley Young

Lil Eaves

Beverly McCullough

Cherisha Flyod

Jennifer Patterson


Master & Mistress OF CEREMONY

Meet Len Kiese

Len Kiese wakes up dark and early to bring people in the Midlands the news of the

day on WIS News Ten Sunrise alongside Mary King. He comes to the Palmetto State from Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked for two years as an anchor and reporter. He also spent several years in Albany, Georgia, where he got his start in the news business. Home for Len is Baltimore, Md. where he was born, raised and eventually graduated from Towson University. After graduating, he immediately jumped into broadcast journalism, a dream of his for as long as he can remember.

Meet Von Gaskins I am a meteorologist with an extensive background in severe weather tracking and radar interpretation. Currently, I am a meteorologist at WIS TV in Columbia SC, before that I was a meteorologist at WNCT TV in Greenville, NC. There I tracked tornadoes and severe thunderstorms using Baron's Viper Radar. I have also been a meteorologist at WWAY in Wilmington, NC and WPDE in Myrtle Beach, SC. Educationally; I have a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. I also hold a Master's of Science in Geosciences and Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. I am well known by teachers across the Midlands of SC as a source for weather knowledge. I am often invited into classrooms to share my weather knowledge with students. I am frequently called upon to emcee or judge local events and speak to young students and church groups about turning dreams into realities through hard work and perseverance. My volunteerism did not start when I returned to the Midlands. I have traveled to the Island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic/ Haiti) as a missionary, while there I helped to build a church and assisted at an orphanage. In the US, I have served as a volunteer with CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) helping women and children to rebuild their lives after being victims of domestic violence. Personally, I am an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am married to my soul mate J. Anthony Gaskin and we are the proud parents of three handsome little boys!



Jevettra is a talented dancer and choreographer born and raised in Georgetown, South Carolina. She has served as the choreographer for the Upsilon Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Cotillion for the past 8 years. Jevettra received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Howard University, Washington, DC where she studied Graham, Horton, Dunham, Ballet, Traditional West African and Yoga. While at Howard she was able to work with numerous national and international choreographers, such as Ronald K. Brown, Hope Boykins, Debbie Allen, and Kevin Iega Jeff. During her Junior Year at Howard, she served as the Personal Assistant to Mr. Louis Johnson, choreographer of the movie “The Wiz”, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In 2010, she graduated from the University of South Carolina’s, Arnold School of Public Health with a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health. Upon completion of her degree, she worked as an Epidemiologist for the United States Military for three years and currently works for the South Carolina Disability and Health Project as their Program Manager. For six years, Jevettra was a Principal Dancer with Vibrations Dance Company and served as the company’s rehearsal director for two seasons. Lastly, Jevettra is the Boss Lady and Creative Force behind Avila Dawn Events (ADE), a boutique wedding and event planning + design company based in Columbia, South Carolina focused on luxe design and styling, coupled with expert planning and coordination. We love mixing southern traditions with modern glam. The ADE Team has fun working with you and putting together all the little details as we cater specifically to your personality, style and preferences. Each wedding and event is custom and unique because it is truly styled as a reflection of the client(s). We LOVE to think bold and incorporate a wow factor. At ADE, we don’t just plan events, we create experiences!!





Musical Prelude - Resonance Quartet Welcome - Mrs. Theresa Counts-Davis President, Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter Invocation - Mrs. Vivian Coaxum Chaplin Purpose of Emeralds of Excellence Mrs. Emily Lanham Recognition of Special Guests Mrs. Erica Lake Introduction of Master & Mistress of Ceremony Mrs. Deanna Boyd

Presentation of 2015-2016 Emeralds of Excellence Mr. Len Keise, Master of Ceremony Mrs. Von Gaskin, Mistress of Ceremony Ladies in Waiting Debutantes

Dinner Musical Interlude - Resonance Quartet Presentation of 2015-2016 Emeralds of Excellence Scholarships & Awards

Ladies in Waiting– Mrs. Catrena Britton, Ms. Kimberly Grace Debutante - Mrs. Jamesetta Lovett, Mrs. LaToya Williams Closing Remarks - Jamesetta Lovett

Photographer A.C. Jackson invites all family and friends to the foyer for additional pictures




Nia Simone Berry Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Eric (Nicole) Watson Berry 6th Grade, St. Andrews Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Ballet, dancing, reading, shopping and spending time with my family

School & Community Work

President’s Award for Educational Excellence, Citizenship Award (2015), Girls of Promise (H.B. Rhame), Brookland Baptist Girls Growing in Grace, Youth and Teens Day Choir Usher (2015), Deacon’s Honor Roll (2015/2016); A Honor Roll, Drama Club and Mock Trial Member (St. Andrews Middle School), AKA Playground Mobilization Day Community Service Project

Favorite Quote

“I am thankful that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not programmed to fail. I must always do my best and be my best.”

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season

My most memorable activity was learning how to make chicken quesadillas in our cooking class. I used the recipe we were given and added more healthy ingredients and made the quesadillas for dinner for my entire family.

Tea Rose Ms. Marvell Mendenhall Pediatric Associates, PA Sandra Grant Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Butler Millicent Mitchell Sheila Hanley* De’borah Young


Sponsorships Pearl

Tanya * & Sierra Youngblood Joan C. Huell Lake Murray Pediatric Dentistry, PA Jametta A. Hodges-Stewart Stephanie & Patricia Gold Jermaine & Catrena Britton* Veronica Isaac

Williams-Harrison Family Ivadella Walters* Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt Berry Kevin & Suber Paulette Edwards Constance Wright Judy Wright

Sheryl Dunning Mazi Lunn Jamelia Corbitt


Rev. & Mrs. Michael E. Addison


Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bowen Senator John W. Matthews


Jasmine Alexander Coleman Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kinnie (Tawanna) Coleman * 8th Grade, Longleaf Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Reading, volleyball, soccer, vice president of student council, girls empowerment, zoobot magnet program, AHEC

School & Community Work

Unihealth Post-Acute Volunteer, Gear Up Tutor (Longleaf Middle School)

Favorite Quote

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season

My most memorable activity was the Lady Gamecocks game vs. Arkansas because I got to spend time alone with my dad.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Mr. & Mrs. Harold Alexander

Pearl Coleman Family Harvey Family Owens Family Ms. Jefferson Ms. Boyd

Emerald Mr. & Mrs. Kinnie Coleman *


Kourtney Yvette Dunlap Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ken (Tanika) Dunlap * 8th Grade, Irmo Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Cheering, jogging, drawing, watching TV and shopping

School & Community Work

Exceptional Performance Award (Irmo Middle School), Irmo High School Varsity Cheer Competition Team, Honors Orchestra (Irmo Middle School), Most Spirited Cheerleader (Irmo C Team), Irmo Middle School Beta Club, and Volunteer with Lexington County Library

Favorite Quote

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse� - Walt Disney

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season

My most memorable activity was the Mind, Body, & Soul Forum. I was able to connect with other LIWs at this event and I learned the importance of good healthy relationships.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Leroy & Willie Bell Collins Robert & Lillie Carter Oscar & Nathleen Jones

Pearl Robyn Watson *


Kenneth & Tanika Dunlap


McKayla Jackeè Kenner Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dexter (Natalie) Kenner 8th Grade, Blythewood Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies All Star Cheerleading Travel Competition Team (International Champions - CAO), competitive swimming, singing, acting, modeling, and dancing

School & Community Work

Volunteers at Harvest Hope Food Bank

Favorite Quote

“Fake friends are like leaves in the fall, scattered everywhere! Real friends are like diamonds, precious and rare!”

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season My most memorable activity was attending the Lady Gamecocks Basketball game. It was fun and exciting to cheer them on to victory.

Sponsorships Ivy Mr. & Mrs. Steve Smith

Pearl Mr. & Mrs. Walter Shuler Robyn Watson *


Mr. & Mrs. Dexter Kenner


Zoë Alysia Lyles Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Calvin (Alicia) Lyles 6th Grade, Irmo Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Gymnastics, reading, journaling, drawing, and spending time with her family and friends

School & Community Work

Irmo Middle School Recycling Team, Gardening Club

Favorite Quote “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season

My most memorable activity with the Emeralds of Excellence this season was attending the Mother Daughter Tea. I enjoyed the variety of fashionable hats and spending quality time with my mother.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Lillian Potter– Arnold Betty Scriven Natalie J. Faust

Ivy The Parker Family Mrs. Lillian R. Potter Arnold Monica Peterson Marlee & Maddex Cleckley

Pearl Dawn & Tyler Duke Jarvis & Kameka Wright Debra & Eddie Evans

Centennial Debra Y. Gleaton Angelia Friday Exotic Creations by S.C.


Mr. & Mrs. Jacquerice Porter Vivian T. Coaxum * Dee, Curtis, & McFarland Murph


Chandler Hennysarah McIntosh Daughter of Attorney & Mrs. Carl (Sonja) McIntosh * 7th Grade, Cardinal Newman

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Cheerleading, singing, playing the piano

School & Community Work

Receipt of Gold Key Award, 2015 Citizenship Award (St. Peter’s Catholic School), Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., 2011-2013 Miss Fashionetta (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Nu Omega Chapter), Bishop Honor Roll (A’s all three semester’s) at Cardinal Newman

Favorite Quote 23rd Psalm

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season

My most memorable activity from the Emeralds of Excellence Season was when my father and I attended the first University of South Carolina Women’s basketball game at the Colonial Life Arena and attending the Mother Daughter Tea with my mother.

Sponsorships Centennial

Attorney & Mrs. Carl (Sonja) McIntosh Hilda Wannamaker Hennie Blackman Chris & Forrest Scarborough James & Eileen McIntosh Terry & Charmayne Belcher John & Hilda Morrison Raleigh & Hobia Blackman Henry & Jacquetta Larrymore

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Ari Renay McNeal Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert (Sheila) McNeal* 7th Grade, Dutch Fork Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Level 8 Gymnast, violinist

School & Community Work

Dutch Fork Middle School: Honors student, Orchestra Violinist, Student Council Representative; Crossroads Middle School: A/B Honor Roll, Orchestra Violinist; Irmo Elementary: A/B Honor Roll, Student Council Secretary, I am Gold Leadership Club, Yearbook Club; Lake Murray Gymnastics: 2016 State Vault Champion, Regional Qualifier

Favorite Quote

“A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.”

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season All of the activities were memorable but my favorite was the Mother Daughter Tea because I had the opportunity to do something I had never done before with my role model, my Mom.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Anna Hunter Celestine Pough * Janis Gary

Ivy Vanessa Lebby * Christina Brimfield *

Pearl Margo Williams *

Emerald Katrina Wilson


Sydni Alexandra Moore Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Troy (Shawna) Moore 7th Grade, Dent Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies SC Midlands Volleyball league, mountains to Midlands Girl Scouts of America Troop 1134 (Cadet), drawing, reading, playing piano, attending church

School & Community Work

Magnet Student, A and A/B Honor Roll, Chorus (Dent Middle School), Kitchen and Food Ministry Aide (James Chapel Baptist Church)

Favorite Quote

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 Motto: “Good better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and better is best!

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season My most memorable activity was Girls Night out - painting and the Mother Daughter Tea

Sponsorships Tea Rose Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Hill Betty & Jaden Parker Mr. & Mrs. Michael Leonard

Ivy Mr. & Mrs. Lorenzo Edwards

Pearl Mr. & Mrs. Troy Allen Moore Mr. & Mrs. Fred Adams Mr. & Mrs. William I. Moore, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. William I. Moore Jr.


Alle’na Chrislyn Norton Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George (Dr. Linda) Norton 6th Grade, Crossroads Intermediate School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Gymnastics (Advanced Level), St. Peter Baptist Church Drill team performer, playing viola, and volunteering in the community

School & Community Work

Meals on Wheels, Student Council, Reading Buddy, School Crossing Guard, Reader at South Kilbourne Elementary, Student Government, Girls on the Run Team

Favorite Quote

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - Dr. Seuss

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season My most memorable activity was the Mother Daughter Tea because it gave me an opportunity to bond with my mom.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Betty Scriven

Ivy Wendy A. Fanning Monica Carter-Owens Lillian R. Potter Arnold Williams R. Coaxum Delores Gilliard Charles Delaughter Shana Garrick Peggy Grant

Pearl CSM Harry & Inger Ferguson Jennifer Pinckney K9-IFIND


Carrie Norton Vivian T. Coaxum *


George & Linda Norton


Jolie Clarina Thompson Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Willie (Dr. Joann) Thompson * 6th Grade, St. Peters Catholic School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Level 9 Gymnast - Carolina Gymnastics Center, Girl Scouts (Junior Scout), Volunteer Assistant at Carolina Gymnastic Center, First Nazareth Baptist Church, Jack and Jill of Columbia

School & Community Work

School Ambassador, Honor Guard - St. Peters Catholic School, SC Statehouse Student Program, Honor Roll

Favorite Quote

“Today should always be better than yesterday. Never quit, never give up. When you have a little trouble here and there, just keep fighting. In the end, it will pay off.” - Gabrielle Douglass

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season My most memorable activity was the golf lesson, painting and getting to know some of the other young ladies.

Sponsorships Ivy Christina Brimfield * Robyn Watson *


Courtney Thompson Zikee Thompson Jasmine Thompson George Wheeler Faith Thompson *

Your loving parents, Willie & Joann Thompson *


Mikayla Chyann Turner Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Elbert (Barbara) Turner III 8th Grade, Summit Parkway Middle School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Jump Start Athletics (Sprint Runner); Right Direction Church International Bridge Ministry, babysitting, skating, going to the movies, and hanging with friends

School & Community Work

Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine Magnet Program, Harvest Hope food bank volunteer, Spring Valley High School girls track and field

Favorite Quote

“Never quit, never give up”

Most Memorable Activity / Event from the Emeralds of Excellence Season My most memorable activity was the Girls Day Out Paint Party at Wine & Design.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Beverly McCullough *

Centennial Elbert Turner III & Barbara Turner Elbert Turner IV & Barbara Sprouse



Autumn Joi Calhoun Daughter of Mrs. Nyva Joi Clarke Senior, Richland Northeast High School Presented by Mr. Alphonzo Broughton (Father figure)

Escorted by JayQuon Myers Son of Ms. Kamisha Myers Midlands Technical College

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards National Honors Society, Teacher Cadet, Scholarship from Claflin University


Singing, helping others, chemistry

Favorite Quote

“You never regret doing the right thing”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Claflin University, major in Chemistry. I aspire to become a Forensic Chemist or Detective.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite part of the cotillion was being able to do things that have helped prepare me for college in the fall, and giving me chances to give back to the community.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Stan & Penny Caughman  R.W. Eleazer                          Barbara Dixon                              Marcella Forrest                          Valerie Robinson                         Joyce Grant                                 Marilyn Keenan 


Ivy Regina B. Crump                        Lizzie Reeves Leonard &  Maeward Belk                                      Anonymous 

Doris McNair                             Ollie Benners                       Jacqueline Peppers                  Carol Singletary                         Elizabeth Thomas 



Maurice & LaTonya Derrick & Daughters                               Nancy Bradshaw                                             William & Ashley Gaskins                                                             Lee,Eadon, Isge , Popwell, & Owens, P.A.  Ida Wideman  Jean B. Weston                                                               Linda Kennedy                                                                   Norman L. Caldwell                                                    Mieke Perez                                                                        Jennifer Johnson Pa erson                                           Nyva Joi Clarke                                                                 Francis Burns UMC 


Indirah Maria Canzater Daughter of Mr. Randy & Ms. Sonia Canzater* Senior, Spring Valley High School

Escorted by Patrick Fox Son of Ms. Jacqueline Fox Dreher High School, Class of 2015

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards Captain of the varsity girls lacrosse team at Spring Valley High School, member of the Science National Honor Society at Spring Valley High School, member of the Club lacrosse team, Midlands Makos, tutor at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School, participates in the Explorations magnet program at Spring Valley High School


Reading, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, eating

Favorite Quote “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” ~Mulan

Future College & Major Career Aspiration I will be attending the University of Maryland­College Park and majoring in Chemistry. My career aspiration is to be a Forensic Chemist for the FBI.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite part of the cotillion was the sleepover that we had near the beginning of the season. All of the debutantes were able to meet each other officially and get to know each other. It was also fun having the lip-sync battle and seeing everyone dancing around and just enjoying themselves!


Sponsorships Tea Rose Jermaine & Catrena* Britton Laishon Gatson Yashikra Branch Tyanisa Davis Jeanette Green Petrina McFarlane* Kim Butler Willis* Michelle Freeman* Bola Oyedijo Keith Smith

Emerald Andrew, Monique, Sydney, Skylar Chase, & Chandler Grinage Remah Thomas Jayelemn Arrieta


Ivy Raul Fonseca Annika Huell* Phylicia Woods* Margaret & Arthur Shaw Kaleena Simmons* Mary Siplon Lisa Ward* Mechelle Taylor*


The Males Family Amberley & Ashley Lake Chamarlyn Canzater Mia Eaddy Tinika Chaney* Monifa Emmanuel Jacqueline Fox & Scott Schmidt Darrick Fuller Faruq Mujahid Keri Norris* Bridget Sanders* Eunika Simons* Shira Thornton Federico, Xeneida & Kimberly Smith Karen Dean April Elliott

Camelia Atkinson* Monica Butler Ayana Clark The Shabazz Family Van Johnson Randy & Gwendolyn Canzater Steven, Marti, Antonio, & Carlos Dean The Taliaferro Family The Ridgeway Family Lewis Hutchison Sharee Smith* Lawrence and Vilma Males


Jaylen Ford Benjamin Daughter of Mrs. Crystal Benjamin Senior, Dutch Fork High School Presented by her uncle, Mr. Shawn Christopher Benjamin

Escorted by KeAndre Jones Son of Mr. Wille and Mrs. Tylea Jones-Mayes Junior, Spring Valley High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards Varsity Cheerleader, Varsity Track 2013 & 2015 Region Champ Discus, 2015 Field events MVP


Traveling and meeting new people

Favorite Quote “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration South Carolina State University majoring in Biology, I aspire to be a Geneticist

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite part of the cotillion was making new friends, being exposed to new things and being excited about what’s to come.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Latosha Capers-Croffie Anitra Green Cephus & Helen Hilliard Ms. Patrice Mitchell Rev. & Mrs. Waymon Mumford

Emerald Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Coleman

Ivy Vera Crayton-Gipson Mr. & Mrs. Jason Harrison Ms. Lisa Craig

Pearl Able's Auto Sales, LLC Mr. Marlon Brown Ms. Amy Cue

Centennial Ms. Karan J. Sorensen Better Business Bureau Ms. Torey Futch Mrs. Shalimar Humes Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant RVP Stephanie Scales, Primerica Crystal Benjamin Benjamin & Mitchell Painting


Chandlar Alexis Glover Daughter of Mr. Darastus L. Glover, Jr. and Dr. Sandra B. Glover * Junior, High School for Health Professions

Escorted by Jqwan Malik Williams Son of Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Keasha Williams Senior, High School for Health Professions

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Palmetto Girls State, Competitive Cheerleader, Health Occupations Students of America (former president), AGAPE Hospice and The Regional Medical Center Volunteer, Member of Student Government Association (SGA) and Les Charms Club (LCC), Honors and Advanced Placement Program, Principal’s List, Honor Roll, Dean’s list for Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Middle College Program (Class Ranked 10%),Vice-President of Orangeburg Teen Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Former President of the Helen Sheffield Federated Girls Club Participant in the following community service events/projects( Democratic Campaign, Relay for Life, Kidney Walk, Diabetes Walk, March of Dimes, Pennies for Patients, A Taste of Orangeburg, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Toys for Tots, The Angel Tree Foundation, Read Across America, Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drive, Morningside and Jolly Acres Retirement Home, Safe Kids Super Saturday, Soup kitchen at Greater Faith Baptist Church, Member of Trinity United Methodist Church)


I enjoy competitive cheering and I enjoy shopping, swimming, and traveling. My favorite past time is spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite Quote

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that

most frightens us.” We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Future College & Major Career Aspiration University of South Carolina and major in Biochemistry. I would like to become a Pediatrician.


Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season My favorite part of the Cotillion season was working with the various Service projects. I enjoyed working with the Feeding Children Everywhere service project at Irmo High School. We were able to package meals for 65,000 students in the Columbia area. That really had a profound impact on how much we can do for our communities in need.

Sponsorships Ivy Mrs. Linda W. Foster* Mrs. Dyisha R. Taylor* Mr. & Mrs. Joe (Karla) Glover Ms. Sheila A. Stuckey* Mrs. Sheila Glover Tyson* Mrs. Yvonne Myrick Crum* Mr. & Mrs. Athaniel (Linda*) Badger Mrs. Andrea Jamison* Miss Daa'iyah A. White* Miss Denin'e A. White Mr. & Mrs. Troy (LaKeisha*) Lawrence Ms. Latosha C. Legree*Mrs. Lillie Dunning* Mrs. Annette Bookhart & Jordan Mrs. Stephanie E. Felks* Mrs. Charletha Heyward-King* & Charisse Mrs. Sheryl Gray* & Qwashema Miss Jaela Marlynda Tyler Mr. & Mrs. Kevin (Denise*) Crosby Mr. & Mrs. Michael (Melissa) Smalls Ms. Monique Hicks* Mr. & Mrs. Melvin (Angel) Malone Al's Professional Barbershop & Salon Mrs. Judy J. Capehart Mr. & Mrs. Thomas (Johnnie) Williams & Family Dr. & Mrs. Richard (Monica) Johnson & Family Mrs. Arlene Gidron Mrs. Jacqueline S. Speight* Mrs. Irene W. McCollom* and Ms. Janice McCollom* Rev. & Mrs. Douglas (Ronda) Simmons & Tyra Ms. Blanch V. Johnson

Mr. Travis Wilson, Jakiah & Indya Ms. Tatanisha Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas (Ione*) Saxon Mr. & Mrs. Gerald (Valerie*) Harrison Mrs. Geneva B. Finney Mrs. Cynthia Bonnett Middleton* Mr. & Mrs. George (Gloria) Dean Ms. Tawana L. Nash* Mr. & Mrs. Moses (Gwendolyn*) Brown Mrs. Sara A. Waymer* Mr. & Mrs. Robert (Dannie*) Mays Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Joe F. (Evelyn*) Singleton & Armoni Ms. Betty L. Polite Mr. & Mrs. Frank (Rowena**) Loadholt Mr. & Mrs. Anthony (Monica) Harley & family Mrs. Ella M. Felder Mrs. Jeannette McDonald & Wayne Mr. & Mrs. Ulysses (Dorothy*) Jarvis E. Michelle Thomas Nimmons* Shirley T. Jones Jennings Ms. Cheryl D. McMichael* Mrs. Barbara L. Danner* Mr. & Mrs. Donnie (Pamela) Shuler Mr. & Mrs. Donald (Sadie) Jarvis Mr. & Mrs. Eric (Angela*) Ham & Family Mr. & Mrs. Damon (Courtney*) Howard Mrs. Wanda Grimes Mrs. Christine McClam Frazier Mrs. Debbie C. Gideon* & Kai Mr. & Mrs. Corey (Shonta*) Crosby & Family Mrs. Linda Rushton


Sponsorships Pearl Mrs. Hope Smalls* & Lauren Mr. & Mrs. Cleveland (Karen) Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. "Buddy" (Josie*) Pough, III Mr. & Mrs. Steven (Connie) Palmer & Merilyn Mr. & Mrs. Wilfred (Sharon) Pace Dr. & Mrs. Kevin (ClaySandra*) Ray Mrs. Wanda Harmon* Ms. Charity Simmons Dr. Audrey Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Howard (Pamela) Free Mr. & Mrs. Maurice (Janelle*) Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Terry (Audrey) Irick & Family Dr. & Mrs. Dwight (Adrienne) McMillan Leslie & (Jamesetta B.*) Lovett

Emerald Mrs. Debra Watson Norman* & Ms. Taylor Simone Norman* Mr. & Mrs. Thomas (Lana*) Williams Ms. Shelley D. Davis* Ms. Linda Perri Ms. Natalie Glover* Rev. & Dr. Adolphus (Kemeka) Johnson & Family Mrs. Linda Holman Dr. Mark Jamison Glover's Funeral Home Classy Steps, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Franklin (Clay Sandra*) Dash Rev. & Dr. Samuel (Saundra*) Glover Mrs. Betty J. Mack & Trena L. Crosby MACKCRETE, Inc. (The Mack's) Mrs. Diana B. Fersner* Mr. James R. Blassingame

Centennial Mr. & Mrs. Jerryl (Kellie*) Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Tony (Debra) Felder Mrs. Vanester Seabrooks-Ravenell Ms. Chelsea Alexandra Glover* Mr. Ernest Burgess Mr. & Dr. Darastus L. (Sandra B.*) Glover, II Drs. Stephen & Angela Peters Mrs. Robyn Russell-White* Mr. & Mrs. James E. (Dianne S.*) Campbell & Family Mr. & Mrs. Bede (Rudeen*) Ramcharan Mr. & Mrs. Walter (Candyce) Owens & Family Mrs. Vera M. Glover* Mr. & Mrs. Reginald (Candace) Vaughn Mr. Clifford Murph, Jr. & Family Mr. & Mrs. Henry (Aisha) Graham Mr. & Mrs. Willie (Julia) Bamberg

Mr. & Mrs. Michael (Carmen) Charley & Micayla Rep. & Mrs. Jerry (Wanda*) Govan & Gabrielle Ms. Latoya Adams* & Mrs. Scharmeine Berry Mrs. Carolyn M. Davis* Ms. Cassandra A. Jenkins* TPSI, LLC (The Wingfields) We Care Transit Services, LLC (The Wingfields) Mr. K. Tion Mattox Mrs. Mae B. Glover Mr. & Mrs. Daniel (Ernestine) Flint, III Mrs. Cassandra Newsome* Ttz Treatz, LLC (The Wingfields) 36

Asia Monet Haskins Daughter of Mr. Zachary and Mrs. Artrese Smith and Ms. Asa Haskins Junior, White Knoll High School Presented by Mr. Anthony Spencer, Grandfather

Escorted by Dante Alonzo Singleton Son of Mr. Nathaniel & Mrs. Latarisha Singleton Senior, Airport High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards Playing soccer, praise dancing, singing, honor roll student, member of the Fan I am club working with special needs students, Junior Class Representative for the Upward Trio program, volunteer at Lexington Extended Care


Baking and making desserts

Favorite Quote “There is nothing impossible; the word itself says I’m possible”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration Lander University majoring in Exercise Science with a career goal to be a Physical Therapist.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite part of being a debutante was participating in the Project Ready at Richland Memorial Hospital.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Debra Washington Avis Void & Family Linda, Cynthia, & Angel Lachantz Colter, Essie Ashley Marilyn Spencer Ms. Dena Senn Edwina Jackson* LeTondria Duffie Shirley A. Huiett Norlica Finkley Zakiya Anderson* Nicole Davis*

Ivy Morgan Mett Straws Michelle Muldrow, Chene Hunt Andrew Cook Debbie Brandt, Darla Kraus Lev Isakov Anna Danko, Corinne Coaxum Michael & Trish Wilson Paula S. Lott

Pearl Kevin & Bonnie Kendrick, Aleathia, & Joseph Johnya Dowling, Charmaine Lewis, Adriene Jeter, Jason Conyers, Teroniee Howell

Centennial The Bennett Family Tamika Nash & Family Mary L. Bennett Michael & Betty Haskins Zachary & Artrese Smith Candice Felder & Ruby Mack Cynthia Nelson & The Gaither Family Dr. Tawana L. Nash* LSJ Counseling and Clinical Services Asa, Laysa, & Aiden Haskins Antoine & LaToya* Williams


Kenyatta Envelyn Jeffcoat Daughter of Mr. Grover & Mrs. Yvette Bostic Senior, W.J. Keenan High School

Escorted by Jalon Wilson Son of Ms. Vondra Wilson Senior, W.J. Keenan High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Varsity Cheerleader (Captain), National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Senior Class President, Students in Action, Teacher Cadet, Brookland Baptist Church member of Ladies and Waiting, Teens and Praise, H.I.S. Praise Team, Youth Teens Day Committee and Unity Princesses


Giving back in the community and hanging out with family and friends

Favorite Quote

"Whatever you do strive to do it so well that no man living, no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better"

Future College & Major Career Aspiration Winston Salem State University, Nursing, Career Aspiration: Nurse Practitioner

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

Overall, this year has been amazing, my favorite event would have to be at Wine and Design and the sleepover. Learning about one another and actually taking the time to bond was amazing. . 39


Sponsorships Tea Rose



Sally Major Mrs. Jenkins Dance Academy Mr. Phil & Mattie Felder Damon Stroman Jasmine Gray-Joyner Grovette Sease, Jalisa Jeffcoat Herbert & Rudine S. Williams Toni Jeffcoat Jamesetta B. Lovett* Rev. & Mrs. Curtis (Beverly) Belton Rosalind, Bryan, & ZaMaria Jacobs Mary Elam Deidra, Regiee, & Jordan Pompey Chrystal Finney & Family Jackie Rogers Lisa & Chasity Blume Mrs. Andreane Grant Tonia & Meagan Young Ruth Simmons Deirdre Hutson Reverend Ronald & Sandra Best Shayla Schofield Mr. & Mrs. Micheal & Sharon Wade Gardenia S. Coleman James Keith Marie & Kingston Best Linda D. Segars George Wheeler & Faith Thompson* Shannon Robinson* Thaddeus & Alexandria Williams Daemon Franklin & Family Marvin, Valencia* & Coleman Jeffcoat Pearson's Funeral Home Tyrone Jeffcoat & Carla Blandon Alethea N. Barnes Stephanie McFadden Henderson Tammy Banks* McCollom-Myers Mortuary, LLC Milton, Audra, Andrea, & Amanda Kimpson Your loving Godsister, Emma Sutton Jolie Clarina Thompson Harriett Hammond Your Loving Godparents, Elaine Simmons Willie & Joann Thompson* Mr. & Mrs. Willie & Genova Smith A Brighter Smile, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Mr. & Mrs. Ricky & Marilyn Pinckney Mr. & Mrs. Grover & Yvette Bostic, Jamaree Jeffcoat "We Love You" 40 Patricia Scott Daphne Halter Timothy Weston Geneva J. McIntosh Stanley & Annette Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Sarah Washington Josephine F. Tobin Bridgette Gaines Mrs. Donna Thomas Jacquie Stewart Kim Butler Willis*



Kairah Askani Lee Daughter of Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Deitra Mechelle Watson * Senior, Dreher High School

Escorted by Charles James Hutchinson Son of Charles and Annie Hutchinson Junior, Hammond School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

A/B Honor Roll (2012-Present), Richland One Academic All Star (2016), National Technical Honor Society (2015), HOSA District Competition - Job Seeking Skills 2nd place (2015), HOSA State Competition-Job Seeking Skills 3rd place (2015), Young and Gifted in Academics by the Columbia Urban League (2016) recognized as having the 4th highest GPA among African American students attending Dreher High School (2016)


In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, going to the movies, hanging out with my friends and playing with my little sister.

Favorite Quote

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

In the Fall I will be attending Clemson University to major in Animal and Veterinary Science. My aspiration is to own a veterinary practice that serves as an asset to my community.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

I have had such an amazing time with the Emeralds of Excellence program. However, my favorite event of the cotillion season was the Mother-Daughter Tea. It was nice seeing everyone dressed up and looking beautiful with our big hats, white gloves, and colorful dresses on. It was my first time attending a tea party, so I was grateful for experiencing 41 such a wonderful event.

Sponsorships Tea Rose



April Ware* Dwiyana Hill* Tara E. Smalls* Trynee Thomas* Twanda Addison* Christine* & Theresa* Counts-Davis LaCrisha A. Moore Dr. Julie A. Hartwell* Mushell Delafield-Hogg Adrion Washington New Covenant Missionary Baptist Diedra W. Hightower* Veronne N. Davis* Church Women's Ministry Granny Rosa Reese LaTonya Busby New Covenant Missionary Baptist Dr. Nicole Edwards* Vivian Coaxum* Church Senior Ministry Betty Broom Beverly McCullough* Meredith Miriam Talford* Levi & Kaci W.* Greene Dr. Rena P. Dixon* Jermaine & Catrena Britton Kimberly S. Hunter* Henretta Milton* Denise Reese Jaguar Picture and Sound Photography Jamesetta B. Lovett* Cyrille Goodwin* Cassonda Jacobs Christopher Lee Ervin Wesley & Avis Washington Lora A. Savage* Nays Early Learning Sharonda Sutton* Dr. Alexandra Witherspoon* Dr. Kadijah Jones* Wesley Janitorial Service LLC Teresa Goins Tammy Banks* Vince & Patricia Ford Granny Gran Marcella Lee Kenneth & Shirley Watson Minerva Small/ Carol Thames, DeLand, FL Family* Andrew Reese Ramonia & Tiona Lee Kenneth & Deitra* Watson LaToya Kearns* Center for Learning, Inc. 42 Aunt Rhonda & Uncle Freddie HillRobin Grace*



Kara Bryonne Love Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Kelvin (Karen*) Love Senior, Cardinal Newman High School

Escorted by Daniel Matthew Harper Finney Freshman, A.C. Flora High School Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Adolphus (Tammy*) Finney, III

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon, the De La Salle program for 4 year olds, Volunteer for the Friendship Ambassador Club, Junior and Senior Drama Club, the Environmental Club, Prom Committee chair person, Key Club member, Youth Ministry with the Prolife Club and Retreat Team and Women Campus Ministry, Ballerina with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance for 15 years, Jr. Camp Counselor and Youth Sitter for the YMCA, Counselor in Training and Activities Coordinator for the Riverbanks Zoo Camp, Counselor in Training EdVenture Children’s Museum, Student Volunteer at Dorm VA Medical Center, Candy Striper at Baptist Hospital, Girl Scout member for six years and has received the Bronze and Silver Award, First Place talent winner at Cardinal Newman Talent Show, awarded the Community Service Silver Award for service

Hobbies Dance performances with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance, Performing in school dramas and Choreography

Favorite Quote "Pray First…Aim High…Stay Focused…Trust God"

Future College & Major Career Aspiration I will be attending Lander University and majoring in Nursing to become a Pediatric Nurse at a children’s research hospital.


Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season My highlights for the debutante season include volunteering with the Cinderella Project when after a long evening of hard work all the debs sat on the floor for pizza and talked about their evening; as well as her volunteer work with the Upsilon Omega Omega chapter at the Regional Convention packing bags for registered attending members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Sponsorships Tea Rose Marnette P. McKinney Henrietta Gadson* Jeanette Gilchrist, RPh Kathryn Cooper Mary Miler McClellan* Col. (Ret) & Mrs. Lewis J. Wallace Diann Price Williams* Leroy Blake, Jr. Cherry Blake Carrie Woodard Myoner Holmes Pastor Jimmy Brockington Betty Brown Marie Brown Karla Joe Sandra Golden Brown Bea Stephens Carrie Hunter Art Whisnart Carl & Gloria Edwards

Ivy Helen Robinson Patricia Owens Lola Cooper Nathaniel Salters Mae Wells* Carlotta Porterfield Robert Lee & Maria Dozier Jeanetta W. Salters Barbara Brown Elijah Williams Celeste Moore* The Argoe Family Read My Lips Book Club Sophia Babridge* Komalether Young Annie Washington Donna Thomas* Wanda Luckey* Neomia Covert Dr. Shannon R. Reid

Richelynn C. Douglas** Cavanna Murphy** Marilyn G. Butler** Cynthia Hall** Mr. & Mrs. Marvin L. Ragin, Sr. Christina Brimfield** Iva Nesmith Charlie & Lainie Wyder Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Jaqueline Cherry, Jr. Davetta & Jazmen Knight Oscar & LaJuana Love Roland & Carol Shaw Javis Tax Service Geraldine Conyers Jacques Blake Henrietta Blake Mary Gore Eureka** & Aria** Robertson Cheryl Caution-Parker Odelle Dozier Bartelle


Sponsorships Pearl Gerald & Donette* Isreal Rainbow Rose Dr. Rebecca W. Dargan Garnett Jenkins* Ivadella Walters* Amazing Cuts & Styling Salon Billie Thompson Lillie James* Tracy* & Timothy Dye Odessa Washington* Inger Ferguson* & Harry Ferguson Vivian Dowdy* Tammy Radcliff John & Kathy Hedley Ernest "Chip" & Tammy** Finney LaToya Kearns* Pam Davis*

Emerald Calvin & Mary* Elam Family Shirley King Mary E. Bowden* Dorothy S. Walker** & Michelle J. Walker* Wilhelmina Kimpson* Mrs. Felecia M. Wright* Richard & Thelma Walters Mrs. Vonzella Oliver Duane, Tracy*, & Madison Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Johney Williams Charles & Valencia* Williams Rosaland & Bobby Williams Jean E. Gray* Caldwell Family Reunion-Columbus Chapter Louis Blake & Family Sharon G. Scott*

Centennial Mr. & Mrs. Clifford L. Bourke Jr. Byron & Karen* Love Grand Dad Oscar Love Pheshe' & Caitlin Johnson Grandmother Bettie Gene Orr Bobby & Donna* Gilbert Myrtle Strother* Mema Stella W. Dozier Gwen & Gerald Reynolds Capital City Cowboys Fan Club Avon by Lorraine Jennings Darlene Holmes Primerica Agency, Lee & Margo Williams


Vinez Lyde Daughter of Mr. Vincent Lyde and Mrs. Shawna Martin-Lyde Junior, Dreher High School

Escorted by Braxon MuDuffie Senior, Irmo High School Son of Terry McDuffie and Mrs. Letra McDuffie

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Columbia Swimming USA Swim Team, Maxcy Gregg Swim Team, the South Carolina Swimming Diversity & Inclusion Committee , a two-time SC representative for Southern Zone Diversity & Inclusion Select Camp the team representative for South Carolina USA Swimming Association, Athlete at Large Member of the Board of Directors for South Carolina Swimming, Team Captain and MVP of the Dreher High School Varsity Swim Team; past 2 years, Dreher Dance Company, Dreher Math Team, Dreher Key Club, National Honor Society , Dreher High School Student Council, Dreher High School Varsity Track & Field Team; Received all district, all region and allstate honors. Senior Class Secretary for the 2016-2017 School term, Member of Brookland Baptist Church, she participates in Girl Scouts, Junior Usher board, Teens & Praise Choir, member of the Praise Dancers Ministry, Leading Ladies, and Youth & Teens Day Committee.


Playing the piano, and reading

Favorite Quote

My favorite motto is "Quitters never win and winners never quit".

Future College & Major Career Aspiration Career aspiration is to attend Georgia Tech on a swimming scholarship and major in Chemical Engineering .

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season Favorite part of the Cotillion season was the debutant sleepover and the college/career workshop. Â


Sponsorships Pearl

Ivy April Ware * Odessa Martin Deirdre Blunt * Timothy & Tabatha McAllister Jermaine & Catrena Britton *

Robert & Valerie Rhinehart Troy, Terri & Tessa Sheppard Dr. Vicki Young Christine* & Theresa Counts-Davis *

Emerald Tammy Banks * Brantley Jr, Crystal * Brantley III Evans Ms. Pamela Jones * Mr. & Mrs. Tommie Lyde Jr. Sharon A. Morgan, Val Lyde, & Valerie McClellan

Centennial Elam Financial Group (Mary Elam *) Vincent Lyde Deedra O. Wright * Bill & Sandra Randolph Vincent A. Lyde & Shawna D. Martin-Lyde Gladyn M. Herndon Darrell & Alicia Manigault Rodney & Elena Seibles & Family Mr. & Mrs. Dan E. Mobley Jr.


Synee Matthews Daughter of Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Ebere Cornelius Senior, Dutch Fork High School

Escorted by Jaylin Davis Junior, Westwood High School Son of Mrs. Shauna Davis

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Dutch Fork Varsity cheerleading, Teacher Cadet Program , ASCEND Enrichment program, District Creative Writing Award


Cheerleading, working with children

Favorite Quote “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."

Future College & Major Career Aspiration I plan on attending Winthrop University and majoring in early childhood education. After earning my degree, I would like to become a first grade teacher.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"My favorite part of the cotillion season was the sleepover we had with all of the girls. We had a lot of fun and we all got to bond and get to know each other better."


Sponsorships Tea Rose India Davis Tarah R. Davis Ivey Addison Mayo, Sarah Poole Marilyn Doucet James Johnson Christina A. Cobb-Freeman Diana Huffman Ramona Suber Clarence Black Georgia Gibson Karlicha Gunter-Best

Emerald Ashley Harris* The Alford Family Ambyr Sailor Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Miles

Ivy The Leslie Family-Reginald, Bridget, Tiffany, & Eliza Machelle J. Gantt Christina Brimfield* Mrs. O'Dell David Jones Kelsey & Erica* Jones Kisha Washington Debra Massey** Keenan's Guidance Department Lanier & Maxcine Bowman Antionette Kelly-Campbell Marlon & Terra Williams

Pearl Theresa Williams Sheila Glover Tyson* Ms. Yolanda Harrison Jermaine & Cherry Walker Kenneth Chandler

Centennial Mr. Robert & Mrs. Kimberly* Drake Thomas & LaTarsa* Williams Breslin & Tinika Steverson LaTeasa Reed* Brandon & Ebere Corneilus


Ki’Yona Symone McClary Daughter of Ms. Pamela McClary Senior, Ridge View High School Presented by Mr. Timothy Davis

Escorted by La’Juante Sumpter Son of Mrs. Melisa Mosley* and Mr. Jarrod Sumter Sophomore, Midlands Technical College

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards National Society of High School Scholars, Ridge View Magnet Program, Scholars Academy, Ridge View Student Council, Community services projects with Harvest Hope, Stop Hunger Now, and other organizations that work to eradicate world hunger and childhood illness, Top 20 percent of senior class

Hobbies Reading, volunteering, cooking, exercising

Favorite Quote ““Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Gandhi

Future College & Major Career Aspiration North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Awarded the Aggie Merit Scholarship and major in Information Technology.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"My favorite part of the cotillion season was the sleepover and hanging out with all the other girls.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Keith Skinner Henry Wigfall Jr. Muriel & William Wallace

Ivy US Army Corps of Engineers-Charleston Jermaine & Catrena Britton*

Centennial Sam & Alfa Tisdale Devin Lemon Sandra & Aaliyah Harrell Auntie Melisa* & Osby Whitney, Noel, & Lola Timothy Davis Mom & Tim Grandparents Harry & Geraldine Harvin Auntie Drea, Jonavan, and Julian Banks Auntie Akisha and Will Auntie Tanicka, Aaron, Aariyana and Aa'Zaria Aunite Ashley, Timmie, Caiden and Chloe Her brother Na'keem Brown Tim & Mom


Faith Dominique McKie Daughter of Mr. Stacy and Mrs. Amelia McKie * Senior, Ridge View High School

Escorted by Cameron McLeod Butler Son of Mr. Brian Butler and The Honorable Mia. S. McLeod * Junior, Ridge View High School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies

BioHealth Sciences Magnet Program at Ridge View High School, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Beta Club, Ridge View High School cheerleading squad ( Captain and co-captain of the varsity squad, 2-time MVP and Coach's Award of Distinction Recipient Ridge View High School varsity girls' track team ( 2 time state record breaking 4 x 400 meter relay team; Nationally Ranked in Track, RVHS Scholar Athlete and Coach's Award Recipient, RVHS Homecoming Queen Spanish tutor for Rice Creek Elementary School, Co-chair of the Ridge View High School's Giving Bowl Member of First Northeast Baptist Church ( Junior Usher; Anointed Praise Dance ministry, Children's Church, Assistant Volunteer; Youth Leadership Council), Columbia Urban League Young and Gifted Honoree Sparkleberry Country Fair Scholarship Recipient


Relaxing and spending time with family in her spare time.

Favorite Quote

“To whom much is given, much is required.�

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

I will be attending Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College at Claflin University (Claflin Panthers' Women's Track and Field team). I plan to major in Biology, earn a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina as a part of Claflin University's 4+1 program and ultimately complete medical school to become an obstetrician.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite event of the Cotillion Season has been the sleepover where the girls really got to know one another.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Mr. Darrell & Emily** Lanham

Ivy Sierra Youngblood & Tanya Youngblood* Christina Brimfield* Paige Fennell* Gail Jabber* Mr. & Mrs. Jacob (Deborah) Jones Tamiko McKie (Aunt Tami) Gail James* Diana Lynch*

Pearl The Parkers Jacqueline Stephenson*

Centennial Grandmother Rose Butler* The Hopkins Family-Uncle David, Aunt Tricia, Stephanie, & Erin* Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth* Mr. & Mrs. Stacy (Amelia*) McKie, Christian McKie, Mr. & Mrs. Albert (Violet) McKie Aunt Jeri & Uncle Melvin McKie Terri Johnson*


Kaci Marie Merriwether-Hawkins Daughter of Mr. James and Dr. (Sonja) Merriwether-Hawkins * Senior, Ridge View High School

Escorted by Raoul Jenkins Son of Mr. & Mrs. Raoul (Karen) Jenkins I Senior, Ridge View High School

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies Blazer Varsity Cheer Captain, Blazer Varsity Lacrosse Captain the Bio-Allied Health Sciences Magnet Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Yearbook Staff , Teacher Cadets, National Beta Club School Ambassador, National Beta Club, Bio-Allied Health Sciences Magnet Student of the Month Honor Roll, Senior Superlative award for Best Dressed, Cheer Leadership Award, First Northeast Baptist Church Youth Ushers, Children’s Church Assistant, Youth Praise Dancers, Getting Involved to Grow Spiritually (GIGS) Teen Group, Columbia League of Junior Cotillions Senior Assistant Midland Makos Lacrosse Club


In my free time I enjoy participating in summer Lacrosse club camps, church outreach events, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping with my sister Kennedi, and participating in internships.

Favorite Quote

-”It Always Seems Impossible, Until It’s Done”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Tuskegee University, Animal Science; Career Aspiration: Veterinarian

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite event this season was the breast cancer walk. As a young woman, I take pride in participating in community events that shed light on issues that affect women’s health and well-being.


Sponsorships Ivy

Tea Rose Kay Cotton Allen Robinson Mr. Jeffrey McMicken Rosetta Ledyard Tee Joyce Collins Barbara Harvest Ms. Diane Melton Avis & Halo Washington Caroline D. Neely*Â

Mr. & Mrs. James Gosha Sandra A. Jamison Moses & Dorothy C. Carter Cathey H. Hendricks Renell Washington Thelma Johnson, Montgomery, AL Ashanti Keitt Casandra M. Lockett Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth Mary McBride Sierra Youngblood & Tanya* Youngblood Paige Fennell Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Richardson Mary A. Harmon Zavier, Leslie, Zeke Washington Aaron Brown & Family Harvey Sr. & Carla Kettles-Clayton

Pearl Dr. & Mrs. Roger Theodore The Littlejohns Mable J. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Dewitt Donald Jr. Jeri Moon & Nakema Weathers The Betts Family Sean & Tammie Roach Dr. Veronica Scott Beaulah Jowers Tara Bennett Carmen Julious * W.J. Maye Jr. Angelique S. Camp *

Emerald Gilbert E. Baldwin Greater Columbia Junior Cotillion Patricia Powell Primerica-Ivan & Sharon Earle Allen & Erika Jowers (Aunt & Uncle) B. Dennis Carter & Family Uncle Tyrone Hawkins McLeod Family Rosalind Cook-Hillian*


Sponsorships Centennial Rosena Brown (Great Grandmother-Deceased) & Uncle Harry Christian Callie P. Walls (Great Aunt) The Ladies of Essence Civic Organization Virginetta Ptomey Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Wilson Leon Matthews (Grandfather) Mary Merriwether (Grandmother) Aunt Bonita Cook, Mason Alexander Stallworth & Addison Camille Stallworth Kathie Greer Marion M. Sumter & Gabrielle Merriwether-Sumter(Aunt & Uncle) Wayne Jones Lindsey Private Tutoring Mr. & Mrs. General Washington Jr. Thomas & Cheryl Brown III & Family Shujuan, Tracey, & Brandon Littlejohn Drs. Noble & Traci Young Cooper Platinum Limousine & Sedan Service Lillian Herrington Dad, Mom, & Kennedi Kelvin Staggers & Patricia Faircloth Mr. Virgil C. Studdard & Ms. Regina Long Aunt Victoria Strappy, Jacquelyn & Dominique Strappy, Jackie Strappy & Family, & Uncle Vincent

Ashlee Prince Daughter of Reverend Herman and Mrs.Teffeny Prince* Senior, Orangeburg Wilkinson High School  

Escorted by Khalil Franklin Senior, Edisto High School    

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies

Cheerleader, Working at Bi-Lo, A-B Honor Roll Student    


Shopping,Hanging out with friends, Love to Laugh, making people smile  

Favorite Quote

“Life isn't about how many breathes you take but it is about the moments that take your breathe away”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

North Carolina A&T and major in Criminal Justice. I aspire to becoming an Attorney.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

My favorite part of the of the Cotillion are the Cotillion Dance Practices


Sponsorships Tea Rose Jennifer T. Murph* Andrew Bradshaw Donald & Lori Harmon John & Carthenia Harvey Ms. Mary A. Jenkins* Benjamin Cohen Christina Robinson Elizabeth Lee

Ivy Jessie Goode Jacqueline Buskey Harriet Stephens Dr. Tawana L. Nash* Above & Beyond Wellness Day S Earl Coleman Ms. Stacy Ransaw Kayla Disher

Pearl Dr. and Mrs. Kevin (Clay Sandra)* Ray Joe & Evelyn* Singleton Bessie Abraham* Mr. & Mrs. Smalls

Latrina M. Holmes Priscilla Felder

Emerald Melvin Lee Nathaniel & Marian Busby H. Miundrae Prince Mr. & Mrs. Leonard (Felicia) Lawrence John Fine John H. Prince George & Lisa Riley Bridgette Sprinkle & Eartha Govan

Centennial Willie & Johnnie Holman Richard McKnight Jr. Mr & Mrs. Herman & Elizabeth Walker Mr. & Mrs. Stephon & Ruby** Edwards Sheila Glover Tyson** Jeanette H. Gadsden Earl & Brenda Wilson Barbara J. Gadsden Dr. Stephen G. Peters


Victoria Elise Randolph Daughter of Mr. Bill and Mrs. Sandra Randolph* Junior, Lexington High School

Escorted by Tyrone Mack Son of Mr. Tyrone and Mrs. Donna Mack Senior, W.J. Keenan High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

National Honor Society , four (4) time varsity letter recipient for the Wildcat swim team, member of the USA swim team, Columbia Swimming, certified life guard and swim instructor, Lexington Technology Center's HOSA, Lexington Technology Center's DECA, recently elected Vice President of Career Development for South Carolina DECA and placed 1st in competitive category in DECA, Active member of Brookland Baptist Church, Member of the Leading Ladies Ministry Advisory Board, Junior Usher Ministry, Youth Orchestra, VIBE Teen Church, Lead assistant secretary for the Christian Education Department, volunteers for the Soup Kitchen, Ten year member of Girl Scouts of America; earned the bronze and silver awards, has been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary's Palmetto Girls State in June.


Swimming and traveling

Favorite Quote

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou  

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Vanderbilt University, Clemson University, and Spelman College are my colleges of interest. I plan to major in Psychology and minor in Biology with the plans of becoming a Child Psychiatrist and Entrepreneur.   58 During this debutante season, I have enjoyed meeting new people and growing as an individual.  

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

Sponsorships Ivy

Tea Rose

Foster Family

Darrell & Emily* Lanham Deacon Mark, Synaya, & Noelle* Jones James & Leslie Owens Mr. & Mrs. Jessie Wilson Deacon & Mrs. Donald Turner Sr. Gladys M. Herndon James & Marilyn Jamison Jermaine & Catrena* Britton Kim Gilmore

Gabrielle Morgan

Tracy & Patricia Miller

Lenell & Marcia Geter

Acy & Ethel** Suber Jr.

Rapid Tax Service LLC

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Welch, Jr.

Twanda Addison*

Christina Brimfield*

Brenda Green

George & Cynthia Holmes

Gary & Roberta Carroway

Mike Ferguson

Noble P. Cooper, DDS

Thomas, Cassandra, & Amanda Rush

Clerical Staff @ Anderson DSS

The Brooks Family-Marilyn, Earl, & Alexandra

Eugene & Linda Harrell Malcolm & Urethia Woods Coy & Sheila Watts Celeste Osterberg

The Bassfields Essie Glymph Jerry Young James & Sheila Myers Cheryl P. Harper* Shannon Johnson Leona Blanding Rev. Betty H . Brown Nathaniel & Jacquie Stewart Jamesetta B. Lovett* Kim Butler Willis*

Watkins Family

Pearl Robert & Valerie** Rhinehart Winidfred Percell-Kearney Deacon Van W. Johnson Fred & Louise Taylor Frank & Terri Bell John Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund James B. Adams Senior Citizen Center

Mary Elam*

Carl & Tracy Dunn

Greenview Dolphin Swim Team

Larry & Betty Gray

Ida Mae Randolph

Eddie L. & Sandra G. Jones

Karl & Harriet Boston

Willie & Lela Leathers

Sinthia Willis

Thomas T. Carr, IV & Family

Shauna Randolph & Justin Watts

Wanda K. Anderson

Donald Wood Jhane Thomas

Reginald & Sheila* Gaymon

Beverly McCullough*

JoAnn M. Brown

Carolyn M. Green

Kimberly Morris & Daniel Morris

Rev. Cartrell & Mrs. Lisa Blume

Willie Mae Moses**

Lisa Willingham

Janie Randolph

Rodney & Elena Seibles & Family

Darrell & Alicia Manigault

Angela D. Moore

Sammie & Sandra Grant

Kimico & Michelle Myers

Jamie & Meco Suber

Rev. & Mrs. Gary Coates, Sr.


Sponsorships Emerald


Leslie Jerome Bracey & The Bracey Family

Phyllis Bryant-Mobley, MD

Sheral & William Bowman Jr.

Arthur C. & Nevora B. Anderson

Elder James & Kymberlye* Worthey

Chi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Corinthian Masonic Lodge #11 PHA

Joshua Knights Templar Commandery #10, PHA

Lemeul & Daisy** Stephens

Agape Counseling and Training Services, Inc.

The Poole Family

Dr. Jake & Mrs. Annette* Sello

The Daltons-Reggie, Donna*, & Jalen

Men Unified in Christ

Dale & Denise Collier

Dillard & Dorothy Menchan

Wanda D. Barr

RSB Foods LLC/ Rodney & Ann McKnight

Deacon Leverette & Marie Williams

Sonya B. Stephens *

Brenda K. Martin

Robin Grace*

Alphonso Barr & Wanda Canty

Eugene & Inez Jones

George & Syliva Barr Michael & Azalee Gibson

Rev. Dr. & Mrs. William S. Randolph-Pastor & First Lady Emeritus of First Baptist Missionary Church of Sumter, SC

Brookland Baptist Children's Worship Staff

Andre' & Queen Lewis

Tyrone & Norma Brown

Ashley* & Stonewall Randolph III Mr. & Mrs. George Bryan & Family Wanda* & Harry Smith The Star in the East Chapter #268 OES Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Howell & Family Mr. & Mrs. Dan E. Mobley, Jr. Communication Dynasty (Maurice & Elizabeth Oliver) Shalonya Knotts-Holiday*



Meghan Makailyn Rivers Daughter of Mr. Randy Coleman & Mrs. Stephanie Rivers Coleman* Junior, High School for Health Professions

Escorted by Robert Sumpter Son of Mr. Robert Lee Sr. & Ms. Ellen Sumpter Junior, Westwood High School    

Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies

Softball Player for North High School, Active Member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of North, S.C., Youth Choir, Youth Department Participant, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Participant in South Carolina Business Week 2015 at Presbyterian College, and Junior Project 2015 at College of Charleston


Listening to music, Singing, visiting new places and meeting new people, playing softball

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is “A vision without a plan is hallucination” by the amazing Will Rogers.

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Presbyterian College, major undecided Career Aspiration: Medical (Prenatal Nurse or Dental Hygienist) and Business (Entrepreneur)

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

Being a part of the Emeralds of Excellence has been a positive impact for me both personally and educationally. I have met other debutantes of various backgrounds. All of the events leading up to the cotillion were helpful, fun, memorable and most of all creating a bond with a group of girls I knew nothing about. My goal of meeting friends and creating new friendships has been met. There are two events that I think I enjoyed the most. The painting at Wine and Design followed by the sleepover was definitely a bonding experience. We made our vision boards and competed in dancing. The service project of Childhood Hunger Impact Day was another event that brought different people together for the same goal. I still remember our first event, it was so quiet like 61 you could almost hear the sound of the crickets. Now it’s hard to keep us quiet.

Sponsorships Ivy

Tea Rose Stanley Huffman

Erica J. Brown

Raymond O. Singleton

Lakesha Fields

Andrea Kendrick

Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Rivers

Linda Benjamin

Michelle Davis

Mrs. Rowena G. Loadholt*

Kai Brailey

Tatanshia Johnson

Amanda Jones

Margaret Reid

The Flower Station Florist

Latoya Livingston

Ronnie Jeffcoat

Awanda Livingston

Patrice L. Witt

Lindsey Stenson & Trina Ruff

Tanisha Perkins*

Blondell Colter

The Pink Ladies

Kristina Fulton Thomas*

Stacy Jackson

Geneise Huffman

Mr. & Mrs. Quincy Toland

Sharon Forman*

Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union

Linda English

Ervin Jefferson, Sr.

Stephanie Bell

Toha Jeffcoat

Shalonya Knotts-Holiday*

Virginia Bell*

Brenda Seabrook*

Keanna Tarrance*

Carol Lewis

Charles Manley Realtor Exit Real Estate Solutions

Claretha Johnson

State Farm-Russ Hewitt

Keisha Perry

Deedra Wright*

David Currence

Tiffany McMichael

Ively Bartley

Mr. & Mrs. Willie James Callaham Sr.

LaKisha Pou

Devita Dames Hampton & Family

Yolanda Walker

Demetria Shivers Stephanie Rivers-Klutz Carrie Johnson* Eddie & Emma Johnson Stanley Owens Wakesha Evans*

Antoine & LaToya* Willaims Nathan Ramage Angel Malone Charlene Wise Gloria Williams Mr. & Mrs. Julius Taylor Elizabeth Ritter Ruth Belin Dannett Golden


Sponsorships Pearl



Pam Goff

Ms. Alice A. Haynes

Pough, Batie, Mitchell Family

Mrs. Diana J. Currence*

Brian S. Coulter

Atlantic Coast Logistics, LLC

Jocelyn Kennerly

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Brown

Fred & Carolyn Beiers

Lynndell Adair-Clifton

Pastor Charcey Priester

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

Charles & Linda Felder,

W.B. Crumel Funeral Home-

Davis & Dingle Family Dentistry

Larry Washington

Wallette Crumel Hudson

Felder's Used Cars

Janie Odom, Cheryl Brown

Jerald & Verdia Sanders

Brittney Jackson & Freddie Martino Ya'serwa Williams Mrs. Howard* Deidra James Tonia Smith VonGretchen Pough, Beverly Jones, Rebecca George*, Norvia Frazier, Ms. Ammonds Mr. & Mrs. Lasenberry* The Law Office of Steve C. Davis



Cadra Nicole Salley Daughter of Mr. Carlton and Mrs. Patricia Salley Senior, High School for Health Professions Presented by Mr. Shawn Christopher Benjamin 

Escorted by Tomarius Green Son of Mr. Carlos and Mrs. Angela Green Junior, Orangeburg Wilkinson High School  

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Drum Major - Orangeburg Wilkinson Orange Pride band, Spirit Singers (UM State Choir), Soloist for the HSHP Knights of the Sound Table band, 2016 Queen of Roses, won best talent for 2016 Queen of Roses Pageant


Singing, playing the flute and piccolo, dancing and hanging out with her family and friends

Favorite Quote

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

South Carolina State University majoring in Music She aspires to become an Entertainer, performing on a world stage

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

The Mother Daughter Tea was the favorite event. Meeting all the young ladies and having this opportunity was great. Showing her talent at the Tea was also an awesome experience. 64

Sponsorships Ivy

Tea Rose



Cassandra Paden

Mac Arthur Lewis

Ivadella Walters**

Demier Z. Richardson

Larry Butler

Beverly D. Stroman

Ann Palmer-Owens

Wallette Crumel-Hudson

Ashley Elliott

Carol E. Franklin

Roosevelt &

Henry & Aisha Graham

Sarah Footman

Racquel Carter

Cammie Berry

Todd & Sandy Graham

Jeanna J. Reynolds

Carolyn G. Johnson

Willie B. Owens

Adriene McMillan

Linda B. Rushton

Maurice Middleton

Harold Young

James H. Salley

Angela P. Jackson

Janet Argrow

Angela Burroughs

Ben Thomas

Cherisha Floyd**

Uncle Barry Spells

Judith D. Salley

Ruthie F. Sharperson

Steve Jarvis

Emma S. Walker

Danny Davis

Dhaya Garvin & Daughters

Justine Livingston

Darryl Williams

Christopher Curry

Aurora Smalls

Willie J. Bell

Kim Anderson Jennings

Christie Vickers

Mary Frazier Charles Artis Marion Lloyd Valerie Jennings Mary Brown

Centennial Jeffries Law Firm LLC Brothers Detective Agency Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Bourke Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Earlin A. Humes Rev. & Mrs. Ellis White Joseph Bradenburg & Betty Boatwright



Jasmere Mia Skylar Sanders Daughter of Mr. Ronnie G. Hopkins and Ms. Dionne S. Sanders Senior, Dreher High School

Escorted by Roshawn Scott Son of Mr. Colie Scott III & Ms. Yolanda Stevenson Junior, Lower Richland High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Member of The Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupational Students of America( Current President), Student Council, The National Technical Honor Society ( Vice President), Show Choir, Chinese Club


Shopping and creating things such as blankets and scarves.

Favorite Quote

“We weren’t born to be perfect we were born to be real.”- Unknown

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Jasmere plans to continue her education at either Claflin or Winthrop University where she has been enthusiastically accepted. Her concentration will be in the area of biology, and upon completion of her bachelors she will further her education in the medical field. One day Jasmere will obtain her ultimate goal of becoming a Pediatric Physician or a Psychiatrist.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

Jasmere’s encounter with the Emeralds of Excellence has provided her with exposure to several experiences she may have otherwise never had. She particularly enjoyed shopping for the cotillion experience, as well as many of the community service projects she had the pleasure of participating in, such Feeding America, the Cinderella project, and walk for life. Jasmere also credits the strengthening of preexisting friendships and the creation of new friendships to the 66 Emeralds of Excellence.

Sponsorships Ivy

Tea Rose Helen Gordon

Valerie Moses




Berthella S. Ellis

Wilbert & Vikki Singleton & Family

Charla Brooks Jr.

The Hallman Family

Marshall Brooks, Jr

Franklin & Lousie Pugh Jordan

Centennial Raymond, Sarah, RaShana, & Raina Singleton Mr. & Mrs. James R. Davis Willie & Emma Singleton Robin Grace* & Kim Grace*



Keoanna Sherrice Thompson Daughter of Ms. Sherri A. Thompson and Mr. Lonnie B. Stripling Junior, Fairfield Central High School

Escorted by Khari Troye Suber Son of Ms. Kimberly L. Suber Senior, Chapin High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Fairfield Central JROTC, Fairfield Central Beta Club, A/B Honor Roll, Fairfield Central Volleyball, Fairfield Central Softball, Fairfield Central Junior Achievement Volunteer, Carolina Aggies Travelling Softball Team, Presbyterian College Business Week Participant (2015/2016), Upper Hope Station Missionary Baptist Church Usher, Praise Dancer, Junior Choir, Junior Missionary and Assistant Sunday School Secretary, Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer


Sports, swimming, shopping, travelling, attending church and spending time with family and friends

Favorite Quote

If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen. Richard DeVos  

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Coastal Carolina or Clemson University and Air Force Reserves Accounting-Finance Career Aspiration: Financial Planner

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

Socializing with the Debs, talking about their personal experiences at home and school and participating in the different activities planned for us.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Lillian Thompson Trason, Shakarri, & Kylin J.C. Burkett Frances Porter Tenetha Hall & Family Yvonne Jones Judy Wasieczko Kyan, Ashanti, & Tyson Cheri Ellis Walter English Rev. Ulysess Young Annie Maye Renee Melvin & Family Kenneth Harrel Kimberly, Khari, and Kyan Suber Jasmin Lawrence Jasmine Brooks* & Jourdan Brooks Leonardo O'Neal Melvin Copeland Antione Woodard & Family R. O'Banion Teresa Stone Willingham Landscaping & Asphalt Enterprise Robert Summer & Family The Alton Family Tony Yarborough Sheila English Hampton Grant & Family Woody Hayes Brenda Pearson & Family Virgil Cunningham & Family Patrick Toland, Melvin Thompson, Kenneth Hampton Mr. & Mrs. James Free Harold Sease

Hampton Grant & Family Woody Hayes Brenda Pearson & Family Virgil Cunningham & Family Patrick Toland, Melvin Thompson, Kenneth Hampton Mr. & Mrs. James Free Harold Sease Deanna Robinson Mike Proctor Corbin Hall Sherri Mathis & Daughters Jackie Washington Timothy & Debbie Robinson Sandra T. Conyers* Rose J. Douglas Norman & Erica Pete Mary & Ebony Hemphill Craig Wise Ray Rose

Ivy Mrs. Tawanna R. Davis Brothers United Charles & Loresia Davis Vincent & Veronica Goree Jessie & Kim Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Albert Harris Mr Carlos Roberts Mr. & Mrs. Cleveland Williams & Family Thomas F. McCullough Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Pearson & Family Tony Maurice Plair

Johnny & Lucille Peoples Veronica Wilson Rabb* & Alana Charnice Rabb Newberry Dental Care Stephanie H. Brown Mrs. Lugenia Wilson Carolyn Taylor & Family Lawana Thompson Virginia C. Armstrong Mr. & Mrs. George Fogle & Son Tracey Riley Ricky Williams Doris E. Jones West End Tire Kimbili Simpkins Nicholle R. Turnipseed Dr. Chandra Bell Ashley N. Graham Mrs. Nadine Alexander Tyeshia Hardin Mr. Amos Feaster Raquel & Rachel Mrs. Ethel Halsey


Sponsorships Pearl Edward & Teresa Davis & Family Phyllis Powell & Family Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Perez Mr. & Mrs. James Greene Russell McConnell Joy Price* Paul Hughes Momma D's-Tamika Paul Rabb Family The Jo-Nathan Foundation LeeOna & Frank Blair Margaret Williamson & Family The Pete Family Party Time Store Roy & Mary Hooker Johnie & Brunell Gray Mr. & Mrs. Joe Thompson Annie E. McDaniel Charletta Thompson Mr. & Mrs. John Worthy & Family John Lovett Jr.

Emerald Earnest Gillens Tom Gibson Jonathan & Vanessa Maye Paulette Ledbetter Davis Body Shop Franklin Thompson Doug & Joy Moore Harvey & Vickie Feaster Monticello Mart

Centennial Willie L. Thompson Stefan & Marguerite Glasgow Fannie & Troy Suber Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Moorer & Family Mr. & Mrs. Willie P. Coleman Upper Hope Station Missionary Baptist Church Ned Coleman Jeff & Leslie Archie Moses J. Caldwell, Jr. King's Funeral Home McArthur, Judy, & Clemant Camack & Vincent Brooks Colonel(Retired) Gerald L. Gladney, Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Greg & Marilyn* Butler, Melvin & Frances Goree In Memory of Bobby White & Family Patrick Smith Mr. & Mrs. Greg Pearson & Family Chad Glasgow & Family Clarence & Evenny Lyles Wallace Booker Beverly, Charletta, Quaterious, & Deja Johnnie & Jack Beach Pastor & Mrs. Alonzo Gregory Mr. Lonnie Stripling (Father) Mrs. Retha Sims (Grandmother) Mr. Charlie Thompson Charlene Coleman & Family Lamecia Thompson & Family Daisy & The Late Charlie Thompson Miss Sherri Thompson (Mother) 70


Mezarean On’Raye Toland Daughter of Mr. Rodney Ontario Mack and Olivia Louise Toland* Senior, Swansea High School

Escorted by Rodterius Malik Ontario Mack Ms. Letesha Smith & Mr. Rodney Mack Senior, Irmo High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

President of Swansea High School’s Local HOSA Chapter, Lexington Medical Center Partners Scholarship Award 2015, Member of National Society of High School Scholars, Columbia Urban League Certificate of Achievement in Academics & CATE, 2016 Outstanding HOSA Member


Spending time with family, shopping, cooking

Favorite Quote

“No one is you and that is your power”

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Attending Georgia State University in the Fall of 2016 with a major in Nursing. Career aspirations consist of acquiring a bachelor's degree in Nursing and pursuing a medical career as a Nurse Anesthetist.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"My favorite part of the Cotillion Season was the sleepover. I felt like that was really good bonding time and I enjoyed that entire weekend with my debutante sisters." . 71

Sponsorships Tea Rose



Lakisha M. Pou

Tecoya Brantley

Shaun Jacques

Courtney Dash

Komo Komoroski

Alie and Angela Brown

Briante Hilliard

Michael K. Williams

Thomas & Brittany Rowe


Amanda Jones

Jerusalem Baptist Church

Mr. Gerald Hemingway

Awanda Livingston

Toland Barbershop

Yolanda Bacon


Marvin Brooks


LaToya Livingston

Kwame, Rockuera

Courtney Brown

Shenelle Bibbins

Ka'Mira Sims

Angela Wells

Shanquetta R. Toland

Christine Livingston


Barbara and Willie Williams

Sha Davis Lamar Islar Deacon David Gibson Deidre James Rodo Freeman Ebony Stack Tara Tatum

Emerald Antoine & LaToya Williams * Sharaine Brooks

Centennial Olivia L. Toland Yvonne Millner Morris Mack



Terri Alexandria Washington Daughter of Mrs. Tekethia Burrell and Mr. Terry Washington Senior, Richland Northeast High School

Escorted by Makkah Armon' Alexander Son of Mr. Michael Nesbitt and Ms. Jasmin Alexander Senior, Richland Northeast High School  

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Since becoming an Emerald of Excellence, I have flourished as a person. I have won multiple awards at The Southern Interscholastic Press Association to include; Honorable mention for an environmental portrait, Best of Show for Academic Photography, Senior member of the Richland Northeast High School Magnet, Convergence Media art editor for the 20152016 school year, member of Richland Northeast High School Teacher Cadet Program



Favorite Quote

When in need of a word of encouragement, I turn to my bible, where I read my favorite passage and gain my strength. “God is within her, she will NOT fall.” Psalm 46:5.

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Plans to attend the College of Charleston this coming fall, and major in Secondary Education. I hope to one day become a high school history teacher, preferably at my own Alma mater, Richland Northeast.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"During the cotillion season, I most enjoyed the Deb sleepover; it was a fantastic night, full of bonding and joy. It brought all the debutantes closer as a group and made this season that much more enjoyable." 73

Sponsorships Tea Rose Terry Moore-Rowson Franqui Campbell-Provo



C. M. Gilbert Mrs. Lisa H. Cooper

Angela & Horace Moore Tawanna T. Zeigler

Your Sisters Jess & Jazz

Casey Giraudy

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Moses

Barbara Black

Mr. & Mrs. Eric(Karla**) Hawkins Beverly Mason Mills** Robin D. Brown

Emerald James & Tekethia Burrell

Centennial Dr. Shawanda Ratchford Matthews

Dietrich & Erica Lake** and Family Nontombe Brown



Tylar Danyelle Watson Daughter of Mr. Terry and Mrs. Robyn Davis Watson* Junior, Spring Valley High School  

Escorted by Roshawn Scott Breon Richardson Son of Mr. Rahsaan and Mrs. Kem Richardson Junior, Blythewood High School

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Honor student in the Discovery Math and Science magnet program, member of the Varsity Golf team, Gary L. Allen Award (Spring 2016), USC Science and Engineering Fair for research project on water filtration using tree branches, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta - Math National Honor Society, Member in Ablaze (school literary magazine); International Club, Girl Scout (Ambassador level) currently pursuing the Gold Award, the highest award available to Girl Scout, Vice President of the Columbia chapter of Keen Teens of Jack and Jill of America.


In spare time, enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, watching Netflix, sketching and trying new foods.

Favorite Quote

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” —J.M. Barrie

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

I aspire to attend the University of Pennsylvania, double major in international business and computer science, and then go on to work in the fashion industry.

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"My favorite event of the cotillion season was the sleepover. We were really able to get to know each other better."


Sponsorships Tea Rose Darrell & Emily* Lanham Antoine & LaToya* Williams Vernetta Mack Felicia Smith Lori Cromwell Twanda & Julius Mickle Kim Butler Willis* Jamesetta B. Lovett*

Ivy Sierra Youngblood & Tanya Youngblood* Jermaine & Catrena* Britton Tiffanney Conrad Sharee Carter SeRina Suber-Brown*

Pearl Lonetta B. Brawley Edmund Reese Christopher Fulwood Donald & Tiffany Miller Brenerman Davis Erika Oates DeAndrea, Steve, Bethany, & Jordan Benjamin Adrienne Johnson Sheila Glover Tyson* Vicki Young The Flemmings Allen & Tara Martin Toshia Coulter Carla C. Whitlock & Richard Moncrief The Mazyck Family Charnee Brown The Jones Family-Harold, Tonia, TaKara, & Trey Christie & Barron Jefferson Tonya Green & Family Carla Gatling Marco Hines Jr.

Emerald Primerica-Ivan & Sharon Earle, SNSD Dwiyana Hill* The Gibson Family Robin Grace* Geonard & Eileen Price Mr. & Mrs. David (Deanna*) Taylor Jr. Walker Family-Shontese, Tony, AJ, Matthew & Ava Tony & Kenisha Johnson Aunt Yolanda, & Jayden Moore Auntie Candi Cylar Monique Springer Cynthia Finch & Family Jolanda Hardy The Blocker Family


Sponsorships Centennial Julie & Patrick Clemente Chris & Lori Havik Robyn & Pat Deposito Mr. & Mrs. Cuttion The Serati Family Goodwin Family-James, Demetria, Jayla & Alex Camelia Atkinson* Dr. Jacquetta Mace Chatman* The Pendergrass Family David & Jennifer Patterson* Reginald Howell & Family Ms. Brenda Cook & Marcia Purday Warren Brown Aunt Tanika, Uncle Kenny, Jazmin, & Kourtney Terry Dylan Watson Glee & Derrick Clyburn Chad McKnight & Family Kosha & Mike Adams Michael Fortune & Family Latausha Hopper & Family Great Aunt- Edna Ward The Varnado's Cheya, Bernard, Isaiah, & Zachary Dunlap Law Office of Kelly A. Seabrook Tracy & Eric Williams Ken & Dawn Evans Mr. & Mrs. Densel Fleming The Williams Family, Christa,Todd, & TJ The Lowmans-Deven, Trina, Deven Jr, & Kennedy Ernest & Christy Haynes Mr. Terry & Mrs. Robyn Watson Grandma Bessie Watson Allie Davis Jr.

The Ellis Family: Tyrone, Jamelle, Jaelyn, Justin & Jameson Robert Capers- State Farm Insurance Craig, Angie, & Chase Smith Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Bourke Jr. Ken & Pam Carlson Steve & Donna Thompson A Brighter Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry The Turner Family



Ronteona Nykole Willis Daughter of Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Delicia Willis Senior, Ridge View High School

Escorted by Herbert Louis Churn, III Son of Mr. Herbert Churn, Sr. Senior, Blythewood High School  

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

Youth Leader Assistant at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Youth Choir Member, Hospitality member, Praise Dancer, Top 10% of Senior Class, Member of the NAACP, All-Region Setter (Volleyball), Student of the Month, National Honors Society, National Beta Club, School Ambassador


Shopping, listening to music, bowling, and playing volleyball  

Favorite Quote

When you know better you do better! I thank God for my strong support system: My family, my Church, My Village, Close Teachers and friends. My next journey will include much prayer and hard work; closing the door on impossible and opening the flood gates for Possible.  

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

Coastal University, Business/Accounting Career Aspiration: Accountant and Future Model  

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

The debutante sleepover was my favorite part of this season. We got to get to know each other and have fellowship at the same time. I also enjoyed the mother daughter tea in which I got to spend time with my mother and learn etiquette.


Sponsorships Tea Rose Vickie Hunter & Shayla Hunter The Squire Family Mr. & Mrs. James Glenn & Family Jeffrey & Elizabeth McMicken Spencer & Gladys Heath Carolyn Hill Victor Bankhead Jessie Gilmore Curtis & Susie Harrison Osborne Family Patsy Eaddy Harold & Rosa West Mr. & Mrs. Rayvon Henderson Ms. Betty Ruff Attorney Sheila McMillan* Gloria Jenkins Karen Walker Brown Lille A. Moss Rachel Dupree Pamela & Kayla Welch Ms. Doris Bell Mrs. Lois Carr & Family Devoria B. Peele Sharon Duncan & Family Kenneth & Vida Havner Laverne Harrison, Joy Pankallen& Family Quinton Bankhead Ms. Annie Davis Sheila Hanley Deacon James & Lois Lyons

Ivy Charlene & Charnelle Swift Rev. Loretta Able John & Dorothy Brown Charles & Jennifer Montgomery Regina Hanson Tee Niecy & The Hall Family Suze Johnson Phillip & Patricia Harris Troy & Anita McCarthy The Jones Family Mr. Curtis Hall The Parmely Family The Genis Family Sandra Vincent Darrell & Emily** Lanham Dorothy J. Bright Carlton, Mary & Maya K. Adams Brenda Gadson & Tia Humphries Chaundra Carolina Mingo, Cedric Mingo,&Morgan Carolina Frank Harrison & Beulah Harrison Jenell Harvey Mary McClellan, Monica Butler, & Miller Williams Charles Manley Realtor Jell E. Ford Priester Leroy & Thelma Holiday Mrs. Annie M. Ishmael-Jamison Robin Varner Clifford & Priscilla Dansby & Family 79

Sponsorships Pearl Shirley & Paul Bethea Jr. Joseph, Van, Vashayla, & Jasmine Frinks Ms. Marie C. Watkins Johnny & Diann Glymph Jr. Angela Hollis & Family Kent & Sharon Soles The Alexander & Willis Family John, Sherry, & Jonathan Burrell Cass & Jeanine Wiliams & Family Dennis & Sharonda Hill Jessie McDonald Recota Samuel & Family Deacon Ryan & Rev. Mattie Branch James & Latrecia Green Evelyn Muldrow

Centennial Ms. Maggie Williams Mr. & Mrs. George A. Partlow Sr. James E. Lewis Jr. & Loma G. Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Arnold B. Hilton Teresa Hartley US Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson Mr. & Dr. Corey Willis & Family We love you Ronteona! Mom, Dad, Dasia & Granny Larry Dillard, MD LLE Construction Group, LLC-Lasenta Lewis-Ellis Vivian T. Coaxum* William R. Coaxum We Love You Lil' Sis-Ronald Willis Jr. & Ronnisha Willis Charles Walker & Family

Emerald Mr. & Mrs. Otis Outing Nyamekyer Badu Halbert Swift The Cobb Family Mrs. Brenda Johnson LeAnn's of NorthDr. Ivory & Dr. Martia Thigpen & Family The Gainey Family: Romeo, Makonya, Jayla, Erin, & Amari Lineal, Della, & LaNaya Martin 80


NaeTosha Tytrece Young Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan (Ashley) Young* and Ms. Minnie Wideman Junior, Blythewood High School

Escorted by Leverette Alexander Williams III Son of Mr. Leverette Williams II and Mrs. Latonya Williams Junior, Richland Northeast High School  

Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards

National Spanish Honors Society, Honors Forum, Varsity member of the Track Team (7th Grade-Present), Junior Usher at Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast Campus, Teen Leadership Development Program at Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast Campus


Writing, Reading, Running, and Listening to music

Favorite Quote

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi

Future College & Major Career Aspiration

College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, Howard University, or Converse College Career Aspiration: Medicine (OB-GYN or Nursing) or Journalism (Writer)

Favorite memory of the Cotillion Season

"My favorite part of the cotillion season was the sleepover at Tylar’s house. The sleepover was fun because the adults made us put our phones away and forced us to socialize. I liked this part a lot because I actually got to get to know the girls I would be around for the next couple of months. I believed the socializing was also important because we all got to share common views and comfortably bounce ideas off of each other when talking about the service project and I believe that’s what sisterhood should be about - support, love, respect, and cooperation. " 81

Sponsorships Tea Rose


Cynthia Wideman Santna Delano Freeman Dwiyana Hill* David Wideman Alicia Griffin Mimie Holmes The Singleton Family Ferg's Florist Antonio Young Joyce Matson Nancy L. Anthony Debbie Moore Laura J. Finley* Mary E. Brown Mary Wideman Jennifer Johnson Patterson* Jermaine & Catrena Britton* Beverly Boyd Lora H. Jacinda White Karen Peterson Eva Calhoun Regina Wharton Tara Taylor* Summer Morrel Minister Cynthia Thomas & Rock Buffalo Church Ashley Watts Michelle Summers Shijuana Obi Rev. Samuel A. Etheredge


Pearl John T. Jackson Andrew Bell Bambi Parks Brittany Moze Linda Jackson Liana Guillen

Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast Ambyr Sailor Carolyn Brown & Family

Centennial Rev. Rinzee & Pamela Stansberry The ENIGMA Foundation Ronnie & Cynthia Worthy Dewitt & Lucy Young Brandon & Bobbie Sinner Deniece Williams & Family North Springs Dentistry Darrell & Emily* Lanham AMYoung Consulting Delesia Crumblin Renita Berry Nathan Young Calandra Young Sylvester Lucas Pastor Doris N. Power Michelle Trapp St. Peters AME Church


Charter Members




Emily McCants *

Kadada Ervin

Stacey Maricheau Christa Touche’ Sires

Audria Pendergrass *

Deirdre Hancock

Yolanda McLeod

Tammy Skeete

Malicia Sherman *

Catrena Jones

Pamela Miller

Kedra Sullivan

Robyn Davis

Ursula Kelly

Fabrienne Payne

La’Toya Thomas



Congratulations to Upsilon Omega Omega on the presentation of your 10th Biennial Emeralds of Excellence Debutante Cotillion





A.C. Jackson Photography and Video Kappa Alpha Psi Perfect Printing Columbia High School




Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Chain of Events


(803) 447-6348




Men's Warehouse

Jevettra Devlin



Resonance Spring Quartet

Ms. Bridget Suber*, Owner

Audrey W. Harris DJ Kold Fuzion Duane Herbert FLORIST/DECORATIONS Eleven 6 Events Javana Lovett*, Owner DeLoache Florist

Perfect Printing Mr. Jabari Wade, Owner

Emeralds of Excellence Debutante Cotillion 2016