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Friday, May 20, 2016

Blazers Presented at "Emeralds of Excellence" Debutante Cotillion

Debs & Escorts (L-R): Faith McKie & Cameron Butler,
Kaci Merriwether Hawkins & Raoul Jenkins,
KiYona McClary & La'Juante Sumpter, and
Ronteona Willis & Herbert Churn
On May 14th, the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Irmo, SC) hosted its’ 10th biennial Debutante Cotillion at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Ridge View seniors KiYona McClary, Faith McKie, Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins, and Ronteona Willis were among the 24 debutantes presented during this grand affair. The cotillion marked the end of an eventful eight month season filled with various community service and volunteer events, bonding activities, and self-help and informational workshops. Highlights of the night included a dance by the “debs” and their dads, and another by the “debs” and their escorts, followed by a delicious dinner and an assortment of rich desserts.  The grande finale was the organization’s awarding of over $60,000 in scholarships to the 24 participating debutantes. In addition, Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins was awarded the “Emerald of Service” award for her participation in and commitment to the volunteer and service events during the debutante season. Our Blazers continue to shine in our community and beyond!