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Delta Sigma Theta sorority introduces seven to society

Posted: June 12, 2013 9:15 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Camden’s local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. hosted its Fourth Annual Debutante Cotillion, Radiant Rubies: Refined and Ready to Conquer the World, on Saturday, May 18, at the Shrine Club in Camden.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.

This year, the national sorority and its more than 250,000 initiated members, representing more than 900 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is proud to celebrate 100 years of public service; academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes.

The Radiant Rubies Debutante Cotillion was the culminating event of months of dedication from the participating young women, parents and sorority members.

The young women attended several months of self-enrichment workshops and events to learn personal development, poise and etiquette training.

They also assisted the chapter with various service programs while continuing to fulfill their own public service commitments.

Seven high school seniors made their debut at the cotillion.

Highlights of the evening included the Debutantes performing a flawless routine dedicated to their mothers to "Because You Love Me" by Celine Dione; debutantes swirling sedately with their fathers to "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole.

Lastly, debonair escorts in their tuxedoes waltzing with the debutantes as their beautiful white gowns swayed in motion in the center of the ballroom floor.

Camden Alumnae Chapter thanks the community sponsors and volunteers that helped to support this program and event.

The following young ladies were presented to society:

Anisha Juana Adams is the daughter of John and Ora Adams of Camden. She was escorted by Christopher Rashawn Pate, son of Christopher and Desi Pate. Anisha attended North Central High School (NCHS).

She will be attending Coastal Carolina University majoring in Early Childhood Development.

Jazzmine Shawnell Devlin is the daughter of Shawn Devlin of Kansas City, Louis, Missouri, Jacobia Adamson and Dion Massey of Camden. She was escorted by Trenton Grant-Kirkland, son of James and Sharon Kirkland. Jazzmine attended Camden High School (CHS). She will be attending Pfeiffer University majoring in Exercise Science.

Diamond Brooke Hunter is the daughter of Anthony and Sandra Hunter of Camden. Theodore Simon served as her lead escort.

She was escorted by Joseph Tirado, son of Iiuminado Barber. Diamond attended Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS). She will be attending Francis Marion University majoring in Mass Communications.

Ca’Resha Diamonay Pollard is the daughter of Clarence and Kellie Pollard of Camden. She was escorted by Jonathan Gary Oritz, son of Matilda Valentine. Ca’Resha attended CHS.

She will be attending Claflin University majoring in Mass Communications.

DeNeshia Bryanna Reid is the daughter of Allen China and Monica Reid of Camden. She was escorted by Lamar DeWayne Thomas, son of Darryl and Misty Thomas. DeNeshia attended CHS.

She will be attending Johnson C. Smith University majoring in Business Management.

Stephany Paige Robinson is the daughter of Pat and Rosa Robinson of Camden. She was escorted by Jontae McDlain, son of Johnny McClain and Shonda Patterson. Stephany attended CHS.

She will be attending Winthrop University majoring in Biology, Pre-Med.

Jade Elizabeth Sowell is the daughter of Denise Sowell of McBee. Reverend Anthony Miller served as her lead escort.

She was escorted by Preston Perkins, son of Russell and Presphonia Perkins. Jade attended McBee High School.

She will be attending Alabama State University majoring in Visual and Performing Arts: Theater concentration.

During the cotillion occasion, the chapter also ended its May Week celebration -- a national initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for which one week in the month of May the importance of higher education is highlighted and academic and professional achievement is emphasized.

During this time, the chapter gave scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors.

The scholarship awardees were: Diamond Hunter of L-EHS, Stephany Robinson of CHS and Karissa Tolliver of L-EHS. Shirley Halley of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees received the Five Points of Purpose Award for her pursuit of change and awareness in our community. Shenise Johnson received the Soror of the Year Award for her dedication to service and the sisterhood.

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