By Angela Grier Heard

The radiance of seven lovely young ladies was revealed to over 250 guests gathered at the Pensacola Beach Hilton on Saturday, January 22.

The event was the 47th annual Debutante Cotillion hosted by the Pensacola Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, in partnership with the Pensacola Delta Enrichment Center Foundation.

After greetings by Cotillion Co-Chair Linda Green and Chapter President Dr. Fernaundra Ferguson, the evening began with a Grand Promenade of sorority chapter members entering the ballroom.

This was followed by Co-Chairs Regina Davis and Christine Nixon presenting and introducing each of the seven high school seniors:  Diamond Douglas, Chelsea Edler,  Kierra Helton, Jericka Hunter, Takeya Oliver, Jasmine Richburg, and Daja Thomas.  These young ladies were escorted by Adrian Carmack, Jamarius Hunter, Rashan Johnson, Lawrence Lee, Jr.,  Nathaniel McKinstry, Benjamin Petrose III,  and Xavier White.

The evening affair included several cotillion dances choreographed by Sandra Robinson and Angela Heard that were performed superbly by the debutantes and their escorts.

The presentation grand finale dance which included the debutantes, escorts, and the debutantes’ mothers and presenters,  was performed to the song “A Kiss From A Rose”, and culminated with red rose petals flowing from the ceiling as the debutantes took their final curtsy.

Following the presentation, the debutantes and guests dined and danced to the music of One Accord Band.

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