The 59th Annual Debutante Ball, sponsored by the Beta Nu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, was March 26 at N.C. A&T’s Stallings Ballroom. Greensboro City Manager Rashad Young presented the 2011 debutantes, high school juniors and seniors, in the scholarship event.
Following their presentation, the eight young ladies and their escorts were given the challenge to excel by Zeta Phi Beta sorority member Andrea Michelle Bowen, author of “Church Folks” and “Second Sunday.”
In preparation for their presentation to society, the debutantes were involved in numerous activities, including participating in a bowling marathon to benefit the March of Dimes, attending two financial aid workshops, learning Facebook etiquette at the Leadership and Etiquette Workshop that convened at the Koury Convention Center, assisting elementary school age children at the Christmas Extravaganza at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Institute, touring the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, engaging in a Debutante Night Out at the Embassy Suite and honoring their mothers at the Mother-Daughter Tea at the Grandover Resort.
Kayla Jaye Smith was crowned Queen of the Debutante Ball, Kendra Nichelle Poole was first runner-up, and Rachel Kierah Nicole Bradshaw was the second runner-up.
The 2010-11 debutantes are Blessing Chioma Alagba, daughter of Anthony and Celestina Alagba; Kimberly Charese Boze, daughter of Sonia Renee Boze; Rachel Kierah Nicole Bradshaw, daughter of Keifer and Lillie Nichole Bradshaw; Dominique Meleena Graham, daughter of Fernando and Monette Harris; Kendra Poole, daughter of Anthony and Cynthia Poole; Kelsey Ana Rush, daughter of Keith Rush and Audrey Thomas; Kiara Shontae Scales, daughter of Michael Scales and Ramona Cannon and Keisha Sheffield and the late Corey Wilkerson; and Kayla Jaye Smith, daughter of Pearless and Cherie Speller and the late Stanley Smith.