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Beautiful 2012 Cotillion Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Beautiful 2012 Cotillion

Welcome to the Thirty-First Biennial Charity Cotillion

Beautiful April 7, 2012 Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona

Table of Contents Table of Contents ...............................................................................................4 Greetings from the President ...............................................................................6 Greetings from the Cotillionette Co-Chairs ..........................................................7 Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Incorporated .....................................................8 The Program ....................................................................................................10 Mistress of Ceremonies — Caribe Devine ........................................................11 Choreographer — Gina Stephens .....................................................................11 Debutante Ayanna Akinyemi-Nicholes................................................12 Debutante Jacquelyn Grace Berry .........................................................20 Debutante Hasina Kaye Brooks...........................................................36 Debutante Christina Alyce Camoriano.................................................46 Debutante Marli Briana Crowe ...........................................................64 Debutante Whitney Copeland Fahnbulleh ............................................74 Debutante TaMara Farmer-Nicholes ...................................................82 Debutante Joi Elizabeth Fletcher ..........................................................90 Debutante Imia Dwanae Hawkins ....................................................104 Debutante Jewell Hereford ..................................................................114 Debutante Brittney Monique Johnson .................................................120 Debutante Brianna Therese Lee .........................................................124 Debutante Sierra Dianna Leverett .....................................................136 Debutante Sydney Alicia Sears ..........................................................152 Debutante Anissia Katae Woods .......................................................160 Patrons ..........................................................................................................178 Cotillion Committees.......................................................................................179 Escorts ..........................................................................................................180

Greetings from the President Good Evening: Beautiful is the theme of the 31st Biennial Charity Cotillion. Indeed the      

      society this evening beautifully.

Kay Lovelace Taylor, President

On behalf of the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, words cannot express how delighted our membership is to have this wonderful opportunity to be involved with each of the Debutantes over the last eight months. Under the direction of the Cotillion Chairperson, Dr. Michele Halyard-Robinson, members of the Phoenix Chapter have worked diligently to involve the girls in a variety of experiences designed to give them a deeper understanding of community service and to introduce them to people, seminars, and events that hopefully will have an impact on their lives for years to come. After weeks of rehearsals their involvement will culminate this evening in a spectacular presentation that will allow you to meet each Debutante; hear about her accomplishments socially and academically; meet her parents; and be enthralled as she and her sister Debutantes dance in the arms of their fathers or selected guardians. There is a saying that circulates from time to time, “Each One, Teach One,â€? meaning that if each person would reach out to another and teach them just a small piece of what they have learned, the world would be a better place. So it is with our parent organization The Links, Incorporated we join in this endeavor. Founded in 1946 The Links, Inc., is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations in the country. Our stellar organization is comprised of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Phoenix Chapter takes that commitment very seriously and we consider it our calling to reach out and teach our rich African and African American culture and history to everyone we encounter especially to the young ladies presented to you this evening. Across the 42 states of Linkdom, thousands of girls have had the opportunity to transform into a Link Debutante, one of the highest honors a young girl can achieve. We know that the Phoenix Chapter has impacted the lives of approximately 300 select young ladies since our         evening. Needless to say, we hope to continue to have this privilege for many more years to come. Please enjoy the evening as the 2012 Debutantes delight you with a Cotillion production that can only be described as “Beautiful.â€?

Dr. Kay Lovelace Taylor, President Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Greetings from the Cotillionette Co-Chairs

Michele Halyard Cotillion General Chair

Katrina CovingtonWhitmore Cotillion Co-Chair

When picking a theme for this year’s 2012 Debutante Cotillion, nothing    !  "   ladies who have graced us with their presence over these past few months. Beauty may only be skin deep for some, but those of us who have been around them for any length of time have come to appreciate not just the outer beauty of these Debutantes, but the inner beauty each and every one possesses and displays in abundance. They have  

      them at the initial introductory interview. Too often we hear of young people doing the wrong things, making the wrong choices, taking the inappropriate path. By contrast, the stellar accomplishments of these    

 #   $  all Chapter members. Each Debutante applies herself diligently to her

    %      &'     a special talent - dance, athletics, or some other creative activity. Each is a contributing member of society, giving back in so very many ways to make this world a better place. As co-chairs we have so many wonderful memories. We watched them bond from the kickoff slumber party, through the many activities, workshops, and events they attended as a group. We marveled at how

       #      time, could come together so quickly. We quickly saw that it was because they were willing to accept each other unconditionally, unquestioningly going out together, creating their own Facebook page, laughing and joking together, working tirelessly together to learn their dances from “Miss Gina.� We remember how beautiful they all looked in their hats at the Mother-Daughter tea; how sweet they were as they shared with us all what they liked most about their mothers. Each event, each week, has continued to show their inner beauty, not just to us, but to the community at large. A heartfelt “THANK YOU� goes out to the patient, supportive, parents for allowing us to have your daughters for so many weeks. We know making this commitment to the Cotillion and all that it entails is never easy. However, we thank you most for the beauty within your daughters, a beauty which exists within and without, which we will all have a chance to experience and enjoy tonight.

Michele Halyard Katrina Covington-Whitmore Rosalyn Keith

Rosalyn Keith Cotillion Co-Chair

Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


Kay Lovelace Taylor, President

Linda G. Walton, Treasurer

Thelma Lovette Morris, Vice President

Tonette Echols, Parliamentarian

Renee Scott, Recording Secretary

Marjorie Kyle, Corresponding Secretary

Lois Walker, Financial Secretary

Beatrice C. Olivier, Archivist

Margaret Baylor, Program Facet Coordinator

Jennifer J. Harper, Immediate Past President

Cotillion General Chair

Michele Halyard

NOT PICTURED Erica Toatley Barbra Watson-Riley Mary Wright

Cotillionette Co-Cotillion Chairs

Katrina CovingtonWhitmore

ALUMNAE MEMBERS Winstona Aldridge Juanita Clardy Clendolyn Corbin Gwendolyn Goodman Joan Kelley

Rosalyn Keith

Annette B. McHenry Norma Reagin Laura Rooks Juanita Scott Olgia Scott Ann H. Wade


Beverly Arrington

Lindell Collins

Joyce Daily-Buford

Mavis Edwards

Corenthel Greene

Judy Greene

Ann Hart

Ella Holland

Maria Humphries

Dana Jamison

Joy Johnson

Annye Nicholes

Angel Okrah

Cheryl Pete

Marian Rhodes

Carolyn Robinson

Joan M. Sherwood

Martha Stewart

Grace Strauther

Holly Underwood

Dene Wallace

Lovie West

Camilla Westenberg

The Program

Thirty-First Biennial Cotillion April 7, 2012 Greetings ..............................................................Link Kay Lovelace Taylor, President Link Michele Halyard, Cotillion General Chair Invocation ........................................................................................Link Rosalyn Keith Dinner Acknowledgement of Community Service Award ...................Link Kay Lovelace Taylor Introduction of Mistress of Ceremonies ...................Link Katrina Covington-Whitmore

“Beautiful” Mistress of Ceremonies....................................................................Mrs. Caribe Devine Presentation of 2012 Debutantes Tribute to Mothers Grand Entrance You Are So Beautiful ................................................................................... Debutantes Isn’t She Lovely ......................................................................... Debutantes and Fathers Ordinary People.........................................................................Debutantes and Escorts Contemporary Dance .................................................................Debutantes and Escorts Special Presentation ................................................ Heir-O-Link Christina Camoriano Escort David Burkholder Closing Remarks ........................................................................ Link Michele Halyard Dancing for Debutantes, Escorts, Parents, & Guests

Mistress of Ceremonies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caribe Devine Meteorologist Caribe Devine began her career at KPNX in Phoenix in )   *++    $      as live feature reports from community events all across the Valley. Before arriving in Phoenix, Mrs. Devine worked as a weather forecaster and general assignments reporter at KFOX-TV and KTSM in El Paso, Texas. Today, you can watch Caribe starting at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as one of the    '/!5 #"&  8  *& <#          && 10 p.m. newscasts. Born to an African-American father and Mexican mother, Mrs. Devine was born in Longview, Texas but spent most of her youth growing up in El Paso, Texas. She holds a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Elementary Education from the =   >? '@ #!  Q    Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Association of Black Journalists. Caribe, which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caribbeanâ&#x20AC;? in Spanish, is married to businessman Renard Johnson, and has a two-year-old daughter named Nevaeh.

Choreographer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gina Stephens A native of Arizona, Mrs. Gina Stephens has choreographed for the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Biennial Charity Cotillion for twenty six years. Mrs. Stephens has been taught styles and techniques of a wide range of choreographic artists, including Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Clay Taliaferro and Rudy Perez. Having chosen to reside in the Valley, she has received several awards and scholarships in her craft, established herself as a freelance choreographer, and has performed with a local dance company. Mrs. Stephens holds two degrees from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance (Performance and Choreography), a Master  ' \] ' ^  _   & Currently with Northern Arizona University, she served twenty successful years employed at Arizona State University and is the former Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services for the Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts. Mrs. Stephens is happily married to Derek J. Stephens, Sr. They have two lovely children Derek II, and Cydney.

Debutante Ayanna Akinyemi-Nicholes Daughter of Ms. May Akinyemi and Mr. and Mrs. Vince Nicholes Escorted by Kelvan Brewell Pilot Son of Mr. Adam and Mrs. Renee Pilot Ayan Ayanna nna n is a junior juni ju nior or at West Valley Valle lley Christian C ri Ch ristiian High Hiigh School in Chandler, Arizona, Arizo zona na, here she has has maintained maiinttaiinedd a 4.0 4 0 GPA. GPA GPA Out O t of all her classes, classes she h enjoys enjo enjjo s her where math and science classes the most. She has taken one dual credit course and plans to take many more her senior year. In the 9th and 10th grade, Ayanna was the youngest member of her school’s Academic Decathlon team and is now a member of the National Honors Society, Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill, and the NAACP. She has also been part of her school’s swim and track teams. She plans to attend college out of state, preferably at a Historically Black College or University, where she will study to become a pediatrician. Ayanna participates in many community service projects such as mission trips with her church as well as helping feed the homeless. She attends both Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix and Bethel Church in Chandler where she is active in the youth group and has participated in several mission trips. Ayanna is also very involved in the Children’s ministry where she is able to exhibit a love for children that she’s had ever since she, herself, was a child. Another favorite hobby of Ayanna’s is babysitting for family and friends whenever possible. Ayanna is very passionate about children, which is one of many reasons why she has decided to become a pediatrician. She feels a calling on her life to help children around the world dealing with disease and sickness. Along with her passion for children, she also has a passion for math and science. This also has played a role in her decision to become a pediatrician because she loves hands-on activities that challenge the mind. Another characteristic Ayanna displays is a love for people in general and their well-being. She loves to help out where help is needed and enjoys volunteering anywhere she can. Helping people is something she wants to do for the rest of her life and a dream of hers is to travel the world doing just that. That said, Ayanna is open to whatever God has planned for her life. One of her favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11; For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future. This has been a verse that Ayanna has lived by for years because it reminds her that no matter what she faces in life, God has a plan for her and will see her through.

“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14-15 12

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To Ayanna and TaMara

Two wonderful young ladies Congratulations!! We are so very proud of you and all that you have accomplished. Believe in yourself and nothing is impossibleâ&#x20AC;Ś Love Nana & Papa

Love Nana and Papa


TaMara & Ayanna Congrat's on becoming debutante's. Please remember to strive for excellence and keep God  - Dr. Kellie Warren

Congratulations Ayanna! We love you and are so very proud of you!

Cousins Sharon, Sarelle and Jenille


Debutante Ayanna We love you and wish you the very best

Keep up the great work!

Jason and Alexis Foster


Debutante Ayanna & TaMara Congratulations to TaMara and Ayanna Nicholes Kenny and Venice Harris Your Jack and Jill Family

Congratulation Ayanna and TaMara We give praise to God for both of you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Succeed in all you do!

Bishop & First Lady Thomas


TaMara & Ayanna We are so proud of you and the young ladies you are becoming we love and wish you the best! The Gladney/ Thompson Family


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Debutante Jacquelyn Grace Berry Daughter of Mr. Virgil Jackie and Judge Carol Berry Escorted by Cody Jerard Williams Son of Judge Cody and Police Chief Jeri Williams

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] ]  |       }&~ ~  GPA while taking AP and dual enrollment classes. Grace has won several   /  ]|&|   Valley Christian High School Book Jacket Contest, third place in the Valley Christian Science Fair and selected from 200 applicants to serve on the Valley Christian Yearbook. Grace has been a member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year and plans to graduate in 2013 with distinction. Grace loves children and plans to become a pediatrician. She has participated in many programs and classes to reach her goals. She was accepted into the Arizona State University Collegiate Scholars Program in her sophomore year where she has taken classes in pre-med and plans to take ASU classes in her senior year. She has also attended classes at the Barrows Neurological Institute at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital and was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in medicine at the University of California at Berkeley during the summer of 2011. Grace is a member of the Valley Christian Girls Basketball team. She was voted the Most Valuable Player her freshman year and the hardest-working player her sophomore year. Grace has also played volleyball and is currently a member of the Valley Christian High School Track Team. Grace currently serves as a Teen Volunteer at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Childrens Church and at Good Samaritan Hospital. She has also volunteered at the Arizona Science Center and City of Phoenix Pecos Park. Grace is forever grateful to her loving and supportive family members including Grandmother Doris Berry, Grandfather Warren Scott, Aunts Judy Berry and Ann Scott and Uncle Dennis Scott.

To our sweet daughter Grace, We love you so much. You are an answer to our prayers. We prayed for a beautiful child and God blessed us with you. We named you Grace because you are Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unmerited favor to us. There was nothing that we did or could do to deserve such a beautiful, sweet, kind, loving and intelligent daughter as you. Continue to give your all in all of your endeavors and God will continue to bless you. Remember you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Love, Mom and Dad


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Debutante Hasina Kaye Brooks Daughter of Ms. Valerie K. Brooks and Dr. George B. and Mrs. Angela R. Brooks Escorted by Jevin D. Hodges Son of Ms. Berdetta Hodge Hasiina is a 17-year-old Hasina 1177-y 7-y -yea ear-oldd seniorr at ea at South So outth Mountain Mounta t in High High School where whe here she she h iss enrolled in all Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She maintains a GPA of 3.44. Over the past four years Hasina has been active in a plethora of clubs and   &           ] School, she was a member of her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s S-Club (Service-Club), Art Club, Chess Team, Speech and Debate team, and Orchestra. When she transferred to South Mountain High School in Phoenix, she kept herself occupied by joining the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Step Team, which is number one in the state and in 2009 opened for recording artists: Soulja Boy and New Boyz. She also participates on South Mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academic Decathlon Team, which is currently number one in the district and region. Multi-talented, Hasina sings, plays instruments, dances, and acts. She was a

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&  summers she goes to Winslow, Arizona and volunteers at her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Center as a tutor so students are prepared for the next school year. With Southminster, she participates with the Season of Service, which is a partnership with its sister church Valley Presbyterian, to help better the community. Additionally, she is a youth leader with the church youth ministry. Hasina has been accepted to a number of universities including: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, and Florida International University. In the fall, she will be pursuing her BA in Psychology so that she can reach her ultimate goal of being an agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI.


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Congratulations Hasina K. Brooks

We wish you every happiness and strength to accomplish all that god has for you. Continue to walk faithfully with our Father and good success will be yours. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

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Congratulations, to our beautiful granddaughter Hasina K. Brooks. Keep striving forward!

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 To our loving Cousin Sina, You grew up happy but not carefree but you took life on day at a time and we admire you for that. We are so proud of who you are and what you are becoming.

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Debutante Christina Alyce Camoriano Daughter of Dr. Michele Halyard and Dr. John Camoriano Escorted by David Lee Jordan Burkholder Son of Mr. Vernon E. and Mrs. Shari M. Burkholder

Christina is a senior at Arcadia High School where she maintains a 3.9 GPA          

& Christina is involved in a variety of activities at her school. She is a member of the National Honors Society, the founder and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Arcadia chapter, treasurer of STAND for Darfur, and a member of Less than Three, another Christian club at her school. She has also participated in numerous volunteer activities such as serving as a camp counselor for Mesa Public Schools, a tutor at Tavan elementary school, and an ambassador at Mayo Clinic. During the summer of her junior year, Christina worked as an intern at the Translational Genomics Research Institute Helios Program, where she        ++      high school to graduate students. She hopes this experience will help her to achieve her goal of pursuing a career as a physician. Currently, she holds an after school job as a nanny. Christinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two main activities are playing volleyball and guitar. She has played      #    Â&#x201A;/ volleyball team her sophomore year. In addition, she has participated in guitar concerts where she plays acoustic guitar and sings. In addition to her two hobbies, Christina enjoys doing many outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, yoga, and camping. Her skills in organization, determination, and compassion have helped her succeed in all of her endeavors. Among her many college acceptances and academic scholarships, Christina has chosen to attend Santa Clara University in the fall with a major in Public Health. She was awarded the prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incentiveâ&#x20AC;? scholarship, which recognizes her academic and extracurricular excellence.


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Congratulations, to Heir-O-Link Christina Alyce Camoriano on your debut as a 2012 Phoenix Links Debutante! May you always have â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautifulâ&#x20AC;? Dreams of this experience. We wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.


Link Jennifer J. Harper and Connecting Link Orester J. Harper, Jr.

Christina, You are a gift, an inspiration, and a beacon of light to all who have the pleasure of knowing you. May God bless you and your choices as you travel through life. With love and admiration: Bette Dickey CRS Geoffrey H. Edmund Realty Scottsdale, Az 85251 Cell: 602-689-9493 Realtor- Scottsdale 32 years




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Congratulations & Best Wishes 


We are so proud of you and your achievements!

"Let Your Little Light Shine"


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Christina Enjoy your Debutante Ball

Congratulations Christina And Best Wishes! Link Isabelle & Connecting Link Bill Gillis Sausalito, Ca

W e are very excited for you!

Love, Your Tucson Family U ncle Curt and Aunt Denise


Congratulations, to a beautiful 2012 debutant,

Miss Christina Camoriano May you achieve all of your endeavors.


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Debutante Marli Briana Crowe Daughter of Mr. Jesse B. and Mrs. Cassandra D. Crowe Escorted by Ronald Horne, Jr. Son of Mr. Ronald Horne Sr. and Ms. Pamela Pete Horne An honor roll student throughout her high school tenure, Marli maintains a 3.8 GPA and is ranked in the top 30% of her class. Marli is active in AVID, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and is president of the African-American Studies Club. She is especially talented with Speech & Debate. In addition to being team co-captain, she has won several local and national competitions and is one of the top speech and debate competitors in the region. Throughout her high school matriculation, she participated in student government, the dance team, Future Career & Community Leaders of America and other student organizations. She has consistently held three part-time jobs while going to school, and is currently employed with Gelato 64. She is also an entrepreneur, having founded Marli&Stina Entertainment, a company that provides party planning services. In addition to her busy school and work schedule, Marli is an active volunteer, contributing more than 200 hours to the Miss Black Arizona scholarship program; Give Me Five reading program; Salvation Army; QCHS track team; and various other community events. Intelligent, energetic and independent, Marli’s zest for life extends to everything she does. She is an accomplished equestrian, pianist, dancer and actress having performed several roles with the East Valley Children’s Theatre (EVCT). She has won numerous competitions for her poetic interpretations in Speech and Debate. To add, she is also a proud alumna of the Life Paradigms Rites of Passage Program and has attended Camp Elevate every summer since 9th grade. When not busy at school, work or volunteering in the community, Marli enjoys Zumba, spending time with family and friends, shopping, dancing, movies, and all things “i” – iPad, iPhone, iPod. A recipient of several academic and community service scholarships, Marli received early acceptance to the honors program at Spelman College in Atlanta where she plans to major in Psychology and minor in Spanish. After undergrad, she plans to attend Stanford School of Law. After law school, she wants to prosecute homicide cases and ultimately host a Nancy Grace-style news show.

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. ~Author Unknown When mom and dad don’t understand, a sister always will. ~Author Unknown Marli, you continue to exceed our expectations and make us so very, very proud of you! - Mom, Dad & Jasmine 64

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Debutante Whitney Copeland Fahnbulleh Daughter of Mr. George Karmoh Fahnbulleh and Dr. Jerrelle M. Copeland Escorted by Mario Alphonso Gates, II Son of Mr. Mario Alphonso Gates and Mrs. Doris Evans-Gates

Whitney is an exceptional student with a passion for languages. A Mandarin 5   #   Q    #   learning to speak Japanese and Korean. Whitney is active in many school activities and clubs. She has been a member of the choir for four years. Whitneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong sense of fairness has inspired her participation in the Diversity Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Junior State of America, a high school civics education and leadership program, where she served as a delegate. As the president and founder of the Anime Club at PCDS, Whitney has attended many Anime and Comic-Con conventions. She enjoys designing costumes and is famous for her character Seychelles. Whitney has been a member of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for over 10 years and is currently the Historian for the Teen Group. She has attended several regional teen leadership conferences, and participated in a variety of community service activities. Whitney has been a volunteer for the Susan B. Komen Foundation, Race for the Cure. In addition, she is a volunteer at the Cultural Cup Free Medical Clinic, in Phoenix, working with medical students and physician volunteers from the community. An avid reader, Whitney has also exhibited exceptional talent in computer graphic design, video production and editing. She enjoys playing video games, cooking Asian foods, and preparing Bento box meals. Whitney plans to attend college on the East Coast to continue her study of languages, and has expressed an interest in medicine.


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Debutante TaMara Farmer-Nicholes Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Nicholes Escorted by Anthony Hakeem Cutright Son of Mr. Askia Muhammad and Mrs. Alisa Cutright-Thompson and Mr. Ralph Thompson, II

TaMara attends Veritas Preparatory Academy where she is a junior taking all honors classes; Physics, Calculus, Economics, Greek literature, and French. As a very active and outgoing person she is involved in Art, Drama, Concert Choir and the Events Committee. She has played varsity soccer for three consecutive years and golf for both First Tee and Desert Mashie Junior Golf Club. TaMara is involved with several organizations such as Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill, NAACP, and Delta GEMS. Amongst all of her organizations she has also enjoyed being a chosen participant of Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders program in Los Angeles, CA. Over the years, TaMara has acquired a talent for the arts. She has taken two years of music theory where she studied music history and learned to play the recorder. She participated in two years of art theory where she learned water and oil painting, scratch board, pastels, sketching, and art history. She also participated in Honors Choir and several vocal and instrumental concerts in the Phoenix area. TaMara attends Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where, like her parents, she developed her passion for children. She is a part of the Children’s Ministry with all of her family where she teaches in Children’s Church, volunteers as a counselor for Vacation Bible School and assists with other special events. She also lends her time to the Education Enrichment Ministry as an after school tutor. In 2011, she went on various outreach programs and mission trips including one to Puerto Rico where she co-hosted a youth camp and ministered to young girls. There, she also fed and gave clothes to those less fortunate and coordinated a fair for children who could not afford to go anywhere. TaMara has been interested in science since a very young age. She would walk up to people and tell them facts about the body at the age of four. She plans to pursue a career in Pediatrics, where she can combine her love of science and children. She desires to attend Howard University and major in Biomedical Engineering then go to Medical School. She hopes to one day have her own practice or become a Medical Director of a children’s hospital.


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Debutante TaMara Congratulations!! We love you very much. We are so proud of your achievements. Continue the great work that you are doing. Keep the faith in yourself and keep the faith in God. You are always in our hearts, in our thoughts, and in our prayers. With Love, Donnell Ralph Farmer Bethelehem T. Farmer Mary C. Farmer Seisaune R. J. Farmer Donnell Tensai Farmer


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Debutante Joi Elizabeth Fletcher Daughter of Mr. Jeffrey R. and Mrs. Karen E. Fletcher Escorted by LaRon Tarkington Son of Ms. Alyssa Tarkington and Mr. Frank Tarkington Joi Elizab Elizabeth bet eth h Fletcher Flet Fl etcher is the th he daughter daug da u ht h err off Jeffrey and Karen Fletcher. She iss l a senior i at Dobson D b Hi h School S h l in i Mesa, M Ai h been b currently High Arizona andd has           &|?      #     & Joi challenges herself by taking Honors courses while maintaining a 3.8 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, where she serves as the Historian. She is a mentoring in the Student Success mentoring program and is ranked in the top 10% of her high school class. She also participates in her high school choir, dance troupe and theatre group. In addition to her activities in school Joi is also actively involved in Delta Gems sponsored by the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Girl Scouts and is a member of Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church. Outside of school, public service is an essential part of Joiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. She is actively involved in her community. She has volunteered registering participants for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, visited Senior Centers at Christmas time, worked at the Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Bank, planted trees in neighborhoods to beautify the area, fed the homeless, has packed boxes for Haiti, cleaned schools in a disadvantage school district, was a personal shopper for disadvantage youth (for school supplies)and collected, packaged and delivered toiletries to the homeless. Joi is currently developing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surviving Bullying Programâ&#x20AC;? for elementary age students. Upon graduation from high school, Joi plan to attend Spelman College, where she will major in Theatre with a minor in Business.

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Debutante Imia Dwanae Hawkins Daughter of Mr. Demond and Mrs. Felicia Hawkins Escorted by DeAndre Norman Son of Mr. Aristide Norman and Mrs. Michelle Gerola

Imia is a 17-year-old junior at Desert Ridge High School where she maintains }&Â&#x2026;    ] Â&#x152; @  & Imiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to her education was evident even in elementary school. As for high school, she was ranked number one out of six hundred students in her freshman class, earned the Golden Scholar award both freshman and sophomore year, and will graduate in the top 10 of her class. She has been an active member in the college preparatory class, AVID all four years and the vice president for the past two years. Imia has wholeheartedly devoted her time to Desert Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater department. She started out student directing Princess Bride her freshman year and then went on to student direct Jekyll and Hyde and Rumors and also participated in the musical, Back to the Eighties. Throughout that time, she also claimed many roles in one act plays, including The Quiet Place which |    $|Â&#x152;)  Â?$    that Desert Ridge has won that award. These accomplishments were made simply by her absolute love for the stage. She has been a part of Rock Church International, in Tempe, since the age of three. As a member of the Rock Church family, she works in the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nursery, as an usher and greeter and organizes youth events. Her friends     ##  $# &| inspires others everywhere she goes and truly keeps an open mind. Imiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream is to continue her education at Pepperdine University, where

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Debutante Jewell Hereford Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Hereford, Jr. Escorted by Harrington Byron Autry, II Son of Mr. Byron Autry and Ms. Lori Bruggs

Jewell is a junior at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, where she maintains a 3.80 GPA. She takes honors and AP classes in math, English, chemistry and history along with sign language. Jewell was chosen by her peers as a Top 100 Teen in the Arizona magazine â&#x20AC;&#x153;azTeenâ&#x20AC;? in 2011. Jewell has a passion for helping others. She is President of Best Buddies International at Desert Ridge. Best Buddies is an organization that establishes a volunteer movement for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has worked tirelessly to raise money and help support the Best Buddies program. Due to her hard work and commitment it has not only created friendships for the children with disabilities but for everyone involved. Jewell has an assortment of artistic talents. She is a National Thespian Society member. She has received accolades for plays and performances every year. Her latest play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiet Placeâ&#x20AC;? was given the highest rankings in a state performance. She is a member of the Wind Ensemble band at Desert      %  & Jewell is planning to attend school overseas in Scotland where she will study marine biology. Her goal is to work with sharks in the area of research and behavior.

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Debutante Brianna Therese Lee Daughter of Mr. Thurston and Mrs. Ann-Marie Lee Escorted by Stephon Dale Wells Son of Mr. Rodger Wells and Mrs. Valerye Boyer-Wells

Brianna is a junior at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Gifted Student Program. Brianna earned a letter for academic achievement as a sophomore, takes Honors and Advanced Placement courses and currently maintains a weighted GPA of 4.3. Brianna is energetic and very excited to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. She played on the Corona Del Sol Freshman Tennis Team, graced the CDS Dance Team for two years, and is currently a very active member in the Aztec Marching Band Color Guard. Brianna was elected to the Band Leadership Council and is a Captain of the Color Guard. # %    % # $  ?  the piano. Brianna is an accomplished classical and contemporary pianist having taken private lessons since age six. Making a difference in the community is important to Brianna. In the summers Brianna has volunteered at the Tempe Public Library as a computer aide, she has also assisted Tempe youth with the reading program. Brianna has been an active member of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill for ten years, and is currently Vice President of the teen group. Through her involvement with Jack and Jill, she continues to be a community servant by working as a medical tent volunteer for the PF Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race, and supporting the Komen Race for the Cure. Brianna is a member of Delta Gems and Christ Life Church in Tempe. Brianna is still deciding on how best to use her God given talents but is considering studying engineering. To date, she has already earned 21 dual enrollment college credit hours, and plans to apply to engineering programs at Arizona State University, Texas A&M, and Purdue University.


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Debutante Brianna Lee Congratulations and Best Wishes! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched you grow into a fine and accomplished young woman. We are proud of your achievements. Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Ride. May your desire to learn and excel take you to new heights in the classroom of life. From Linda and Gary Scott 126


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Brianna Lee 2012 Debutante We are so proud of your accomplishments. Keep moving forward in a positive direction. Love, Your Aunt, Link Anna Cooke Jackson (TN) Chapter of the Links, Inc. & Cousin, Link Elsie Cooke Holmes Plano North Metroplex Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman


Congratulations and Best Wishes 

Brianna Lee Have a Wonderful Cotillion 2012 The Baileys Grady, Jeni, Trey and Jade


Brianna Therese Lee We are very proud of you and lvoe you very much! We are very thankful to God for giving us such a wonderful daughter. We encourage you to believe in yourself and in your ability to achieve your goals. Be courageous! Congratulations on your 2012 Cotillion. Love, Dad, Mom, and Alan

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Brianna We are so proud of you. You are "Beautiful", fun, intelligent, kind, talented and destined to achieve great things. Keep up the great work and let God continue to guide you to your dreams and aspirations! Wishing you continued success, your family from Indiana and Illinois. Mom, Uncle Odies, Auntie Annette, Uncle James, Auntie Etta, Uncle Fred, Auntie Diann, and Uncle Paul Cousins, Frecia, Jazmine, Ashley, Amanda, Paul, Paulette, Odies and Odiesha


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Brianna Lee You are beautiful inside and out, full of grace, kindness and love. Continue to walk in love. “Love is patient and kind.” "These three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these in love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4,13

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Our sincere congratulations on your achievements.

Debutante Brianna Lee Giving is rewarding. Continue to give and bless others. Happiness, success and love are in your very bright future.

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Debutante Sierra Dianna Leverett Daughter of Dr. Larry C. and Mrs. Denise Leverett Escorted by Terrell Jordan Harrison Son of Mr. Kerwin Danley and Mrs. Dana Brooks & Mr. Jerome and Mrs. Troylynn Harrison

Si SSierra is i a spirited, i i d 17-year-old ldd junior i at Xavier i College C ll Preparatory, where h she maintains a rigorous academic schedule and a 3.7 grade point average. Sierra is an active member of the Xavier community as demonstrated by her induction into the Regina Caeli Chapter of the National Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. She also participates in Key Club, Xavier’s environmental “Xero” club and Drama Club. As a true Thespian, Sierra found her calling in performing arts. She has devoted her time and talents to many Xavier and Brophy productions; most notably her roles in Fiddler on the Roof and as “Motormouth Maybelle” in Hairspray. Currently she is in rehearsal for the Brophy production of Princess and the Pea and the Valley Youth Theatre Summer production of The Wiz. She is madly committed to the performing arts and trains avidly in voice, piano and dance. Sierra is equally dedicated to community service. Over the last year she contributed more than 90 hours of her time to community service. She has given freely to St. Vincent DePaul, Komen Race for the Cure, Summit School of Ahwatukee, PF Chang’s Marathon and Black Family and Child Services. Sierra has been an active member of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for the past fourteen years and currently serves as Secretary of the teen group. As a member of Jack and Jill, Inc., she has devoted many hours to community projects and is most proud of her role as Mistress of Ceremony on the recently completed Living History Program, a celebration of Black History month. Sierra’s diverse academic excellence, her unparalleled community involvement and her passionate devotion to the performing arts will allow her a wide range of academic pursuits. She plans to major in Theatre and minor in English. Sierra is escorted by the charming Terrell Harrison, a talented, varsity football player at Basha High School.


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Sydney Alicia Sears Congratulations to our beautiful and talented daughter. You have grown into a lovely young lady. We are so proud of you. Wishing you the best in all your endeavors. The future is yours and we know that you will do great things.

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Sydney Alicia Sears Sydney, It has been a pleasure watching you blossom into the beautiful young lady you have become over the last few years. May God bless each of your steps as you pursue your dreams! Love,

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Anissia is a junior at Tempe High School where she maintains a 3.4 GPA, and is currently taking honor classes in Chemistry and Mathematics and participates in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) the college preparatory class. While at Tempe High, Anissia has been involved in athletics including basketball, step team, dance as a performer in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fizzical Xpressionâ&#x20AC;? Dance Company and as the manager of the track team. Anissia has been a member of the Tempe Boys and Girls club for 11 years where she has participated in various leadership programs including Keystone, Torch Club and Smart Girls and in several community service projects. Anissia is a member of the Canaan Missionary Baptist church where she is involved in the youth choir and dance ministry and has performed at various church events across the Valley, ministering to people of all ages. Dance is her passion and she gives it her all each and every time she performs. Anissia is a person with great determination, works to achieve her goals, is a selfstarter and the epitome of a natural born leader. In college Anissia wants to pursue a degree in Business Management.

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Congratulations to a remarkable young lady! The world is at your feet as you step into the next chapter of your life. It has been such a joy watching you grow into the beautiful intelligent young woman you have become. You have such a sweet spirit and we know there are so many great things in store for you.

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Continue to be true to yourself, hold fast to the teachings of our Lord and Savior as you are in guidance with your mother. Pursue your passion, and let your light shine! And remember-keep God first! We love you Have the time of your life on your big night.

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Congratulations Anissia From the moment you started talking, I knew there was something special in you. Now, almost 17 years later you have blossomed into a fine young lady who is headed down a pathway of success. I am very proud of you for going the “extra mile” to be the best you can be. Sometimes the road may seem rough but don’t give up because God will always be there for you as long as you keep him first. Continue to be loving and caring. I love you very much.

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Through the good times,  bad times, arguments and brawls / As Big brother I got your back! Whenever  you call/ /; be your  cane, crutch and brace for  if ever you fall/ together we;ll call on the Lord to  get through it all. Congratulations and Best Wishes in what \RXÂśUH doing and what you will continue to do!!! KEEP GOD FIRST Love your brother,

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Always remember, when God made you He did so with a purpose and a plan. He saw  all your days before you lived one of them and placed over you the covering of His protective love. He has allowed nothing to come into your life that has not first been screened through that love. Today you are in the exact place He wants you to be. You have a place in the world that's unique, a path to walk that's yours alone. You have so many dreams to seek, so many talents all your own, so many things to celebrate. Relax. Enjoy. Be Happy. This is your day shine like only you can.

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Your graceful beauty, intelligence, and loving hearts ensure that you will be successful in all you do. We truly wish you the best in your future endeavors. 


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Debutantes Whitney Fahnbulleh Brianna Lee Sierra Leverett The Jack and Jill of America, Phoenix Chapter Teens Congratulate and celebrate this wonderful evening with you Best Wishes, Camille Bolden Steven Bolden Douglass Jamison Michael Underwood Escort David Burkholder Escort Anthony Cutright Escort Terrell Harrison Escort Kelvan Pilot Escort Xavier Walker

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Sierra Leverett The Burkholder family

Hasina Brooks Opharitta Greene Doris Lewis

Sydney Sears Victor & Erika Sears Donald Anderson Richard and Annie Banks Virgie Fixico Meshelle Adeniyi Brenda Richards

Christina Alyce Camoriano The Baron Family Dick & Shirely Compton Gregory & Alyx Umphrey Joi Elizabeth Fletcher Dr. Deanna Muckerson Castle Ms. Rhoshawndra Carnes Mrs. Bobbi Reginato Mrs. Pamela Wells Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Booker Mrs. Sharon Goodwyn-Pines Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Baker Jr. Lauren Spaights Camille Coppock Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Baker Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Jennings Kendra Stowe Brittany Johnson Bonita Super

Anissia Katae Woods Lorna Barker Angela McClelland Lula Smith Corenthal Greene Dr. Ira King Ella Holland Afryea Y Holland Mansa E Holland Sia L Holland Benjamin K Richmond Annye Nichols Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bland Katrina Covington-Whitmore William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Billâ&#x20AC;? Covington


Cotillion Committees

General Chairperson Michele Halyard

Co-Chairpersons Katrina Covington-Whitmore Rosalyn Keith

Consultant Maria Humphries

Debutante/ Escort Party Lindell Collins, Chair Joyce Daily-Buford Mavis Edwards Ella Holland Bea Olivier Dene Wallace

Decorations Beverly Arrington, Chair Marion Rhodes Renee Scott Lois Walker

Escorts Cheryl Pete, Chair Marion Rhodes Holly Underwood

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Joy Johnson, Chair Jennifer Harper Maria Humphries Barbra Watson-Riley

Judy Greene, Chair Thelma Morris

Etiquette and Career workshop Ann Hart, Chair Martha Stewart, Co-Chair Tonette Echols Rosalyn Keith Dana Jamison Linda Walton Mary Wright

Service Project Camilla Westenberg Dene Wallace

Finance Tonette Echols Mavis Edwards Bea Olivier Lois Walker

Hostess/Invitations Joan Sherwood, Chair Corenthel Greene Ella Holland Cheryl Pete Martha Stewart

Publicity Camilla Westenberg, Chair Judy Greene

Awards Jennifer Harper, Chair Cheryl Pete Thelma Morris Mary Wright

Souvenir Journal Margaret Baylor Mavis Edwards Dana Jamison Carolyn Robinson Joan Sherwood Martha Stewart Lovie West

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Harrington Byron Autry, II

David Lee Jordan Burkholder

Brendan Norwood-Pearson

Kelvan Brewell Pilot

Anthony Hakeem Cutright

Mario Alphonso Gates, II

LaRon Tarkington

Xavier Walker

Terrell Jordan Harrison

Jevin D. Hodge

Stephon Dale Wells

Marquese James Whitehead

Ronald Horne

DeAndre Norman

Cody Jerard Williams


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Congratulations On Your Journey in Becoming Debutantes Ayanna & TaMara, You are both so amazing and we enjoy watching the wonderful ladies you are becoming! We are so proud to be your parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith is taking the first step, even when you do not see the whole staircaseâ&#x20AC;? Martin Luther King, Jr. Love Mom & Dad



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