The Xi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of Fredericksburg, Virginia will host its 18th bi-annual Cultured Pearls Cotillion. The event is set for Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 5pm at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.
This year’s Cotillion theme is “Pearls of Distinction.”
The first Cultured Pearls Cotillion was held on November 23, 1985. The Cotillion is a formal ball at which debutantes (young women making their first appearance in fashionable society) are presented. Since 1985, 97% of Cotillion participants have gone on to attend a four-year university, and the Cotillion has awarded a range of college scholarships up to $13,000.
Each year, the Cotillion is a culmination of several months of activities which promote scholarship, prepare social graces and cultural acumen among young women, and raise money for academic scholarships and community service in the areas of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline counties.
This year, 14 accomplished young ladies, who are current juniors and seniors from the greater Fredericksburg area, will be presented to society after six months of leadership, cultural experience, and community service activities.
The 2019 debutantes are: Miss Kyla Bayton, daughter of Mr. Nathan Bayton and Mrs. Robin Bayton, Miss Journey Cole, daughter of Mr. Ronald Cole and Ms. Nicole Cole, Miss Tyana Creekmore, daughter of Mr. Torreon Creekmore and Mrs. Kyana Creekmore, Miss Raynell Crook, daughter of Mr. Willie Crook and Mrs. Pam Crook, and Miss Lila Green, daughter of Mr. Gregory Green and Mrs. Donna Green.
Miss Kennedy Greene, daughter of Mr. Stephen Greene and Ms. Ashley Catlett-Greene, Miss Jillian Hood, daughter of Mr. Terrell Hood and Dr. Pamela Johnson-Hood, Miss Zamaria Hutchinson, daughter of Mr. Teren Hutchinson and Mrs. Shekela Hutchinson, Miss Micah Lee, daughter of Mr. Dwayne Robinson and Mrs. Markeeta Robinson, and Miss Janita Lyde, daughter of Mr. James Lyde and Mrs. Donita Lyde.
Miss Jacqueline Mariner, daughter of Mr. Robert Mariner, Sr. and Ms. Charita Mariner, Miss Jordan Morris, daughter of Mr. Carlos Morris and Mrs. Valerie Culp-Morris, Miss Samira Price, daughter of Mr. Guan Price and Mrs. Samantha Price, and Miss Makaila Veney, daughter of Mr. Tyrell Veney and Mrs. Chantel Roane.
The Cotillion Leadership for this year’s event includes Xi Upsilon Omega’s Chapter President Chantel Roane, Cotillion Chairman Andrea Duplechain, Cotillion Co-Chairman SJ Cordell-Robinson, and Cotillion Co-Chairman Debra Graham.