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April 28, 2013

Thirteen to make debut to society at 2013 Debutante Ball

MERIDIAN —     Thirteen local high school young ladies will make their formal debut into society at the 29th Annual Debutante Ball.

    Sponsored by Meridian Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the ball will be the culmination of several months of preparation – including giving back through community service projects and participation in workshops on self-esteem and awareness, etiquette, career and goal setting, physical fitness and teen dating violence.  

    "The goal of this experience is not only to provide scholarships to our youth, but to also empower positive change in young ladies to believe and achieve their goals and to recognize that opportunities do exist because of whose they are," said Gwendolyn Graham, a sorority spokesperson.

    The debutantes were selected based on academic achievement, school and community activities and high moral conduct/behavior. The ball will culminate several months of projects and activities.  

    Following are brief bios of the 2013 Delta Debutantes"

• Sha’kenya Blanks

Grade/School: 12th Grade, Southeast Lauderdale High School

Parents: Sharon Blanks and Habib Ruffin

Career Goal: Pediatrician

• Jozlyn Clark

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Priscilla Pack and Ardonaus Clark

Career Goal: Medical Laboratory Scientist

• Alliejah Echols

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Holly Smith and Watson Echols

Career Goal: Sports Medicine

• Katie Glenn

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Alonzo and Linda Glenn

Career Goal: Pediatrician

• Diana Gordon

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Anthony and Tiffany Gordon

Career Goal: Pediatrician

• Octavia Antionette Hearn

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Tammie and Harold Burrage

Career Goal: U.S. Army

• Tabitha Shabryl Hopson

Grade/School: 12th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Angelia Hopson/Johnnie M. Hopson and Joseph Lee

Career Goal:  Registered Nurse

• Jasmine Key

Grade/School: 11th Grade, Meridian High School

Parents: Rochelle and Jimmie Burge

Career Goal: Family Physician

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