Four young ladies introduced to society

submitted to dorchester banner/alpha kappa alpha sorority “It’s Your Time” local high school students make their debut at sorority’s cotillion. Participants included from left: Sean Cornish, Nyaja Jackson, Ka’Ron Raikes, Kalyn Hopkins, Axavier Spencer, Za’Kyla Kane, Ivory Buck, IV, and Miss Cotillion, Amira King.

submitted to dorchester banner/alpha kappa alpha sorority
“It’s Your Time” local high school students make their debut at sorority’s cotillion. Participants included from left: Sean Cornish, Nyaja Jackson, Ka’Ron Raikes, Kalyn Hopkins, Axavier Spencer, Za’Kyla Kane, Ivory Buck, IV, and Miss Cotillion, Amira King.

EASTON — On June 2, four young ladies of the Mid-Shore area donned beautiful white gowns and bright smiles as they were introduced to society during the second Pearls of the Eastern Shore Debutante Cotillion sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Theta Omega chapter.

• Kalyn Marie Hopkins, a 2018 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School was escorted by Ka’Ron Raikes.

• Nyaja Dabreia Jackson, currently a junior at Easton High School, was escorted by Sean Cornish.

• Za’Kyla Edvionne Kane, a 2018 graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, was escorted by Axavier Spencer.

• Amira Noell King, a 2018 graduate of St. Michaels Middle High School, was escorted by Ivory M. Buck IV.

The debutantes spent several months together participating in cultural, social and educational workshops designed to assist in their academic and personal growth and development. The culminating event was a presentation to the community during an evening of elegance and pageantry at Milestone Event Center in Easton. Following their introduction the debutantes and their escorts performed a choreographed waltz and a freestyle dance routine, as well as performing a minuet with their fathers.

The keynote speaker, Deborah Short, executive director of BAAM, Inc., and co-pastor of Tri Life Christian Center, engaged participants and attendees alike with her empowering address to the debutantes entitled “It’s Your Time” — a message of perseverance and confidence for the newly-introduced debutantes.

Each debutante received a Certificate of Completion, a placement sash (1st, 2nd and 3rd Runner-ups), a gift and monetary award. Amira King was crowned Miss Cotillion 2018 by Miss Janel Gibson, Miss Cotillion 2017.

AKA is an international community service organization with chapters around the world. It’s enduring mission is to provide “Service to All Mankind.” KTO chapter, established in Easton, in 1985, has continued to live that mission by facilitating a number of community service projects and events on the Mid-Shore, serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Proceeds from the cotillion will support future service efforts, including the chapter’s scholarship program.

The current president of KTO is long-time Talbot County educator, Charlene Caldwell DeShields. The debutante program chairman is Talbot County native, Mary Taylor-Acree. The next Pearls of the Eastern Shore Debutante Cotillion is anticipated to occur in 2020.

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