Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and Kappa Beta Omega Chapter hosted their 42nd Fashionetta Debutante Ball entitled “Precious Pearls: Striving for Excellence in Leadership and Service” on Nov.23 with a court of 14 seniors from Bay Area high schools.
“We are extremely pleased to offer this successful program to so many deserving young ladies in our community,” said chapter President Sandra D. Stowes. “Workshops and community service opportunities provided them with important skills and information that prepare them for success in academic pursuits and future career aspirations.”
After completing 60 hours of community service, attending workshops, activities, and learning a complicated series of professionally choreographed performances over the past eight months, the competition culminated with the presentation of awards to several debutantes.
Benicia senior Draemoni Harmon was crowned “Miss Fashionetta.” Other awards were presented to Rodriguez High School senior Maya Caldwell, First Runner-Up; Kayla Moore, Second Runner-Up; and to Bryelle Fuller, Miss Congeniality. The banquet was attended by more than 400 family members and their guests.
Other debutantes included Kenya Carson, Mare Island Technology Academy; Khalieghya Dandie-Evans, Oakland Military Academy; Anessa Lanigan, Imani Lockwood, and Najat McDonald, Jesse Bethel High School; Princess McKey, St. Patrick-St.Vincent High School; Daejza Robinson and Jayln Robinson, Will C. Wood High School; Ayendica Sandeford, Realm Charter School; and Kayla Pope, from Vanden High School.
Debutante escorts also attended workshops and activities. Several escorts received awards, including “Escort of The Year,” Derrick Robinson; First Runner-Up, Deven Ward; and Second Runner-Up, Allen Lake, III. Jaymes Hart received the Vernon M. James Memorial Escort Award. Other escorts included Derrick Connor, Omari Daniel, Michael Denham, Kenneth Ferguson, II, Myles Hall, Clarence Martin, Quincy Patrick, Jordan Preston, James Rivers, MeKai Sams, Alonzo Smith, and Jonathan Wallace.
Solano Community College Board Vice President A. Marie Young was named “Soror of the Year” and has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha for 60 years, earning her the distinction as a Golden Soror. Alameda Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson was the keynote speaker and is also a sorority member.
The Debutante Ball, the chapter’s signature fundraiser, supports the sorority’s mission to award scholarships to deserving students who have chosen to attend a college or university. This year the chapter awarded a total of $5,000 to Jesse M. Bethel high school graduates Jada Dudley, Jhon Charlie King, Alisha Legras and LePaula Parker.
Angela Jones is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Beta Omega Chapter.