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Shaneka Nicole Adkins

Sorority presents seven seniors

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Seven high school seniors will be presented to society on March 21 at a debutante cotillion held by the Beta Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

The cotillion begins at 8 p.m. in Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.

Over the last 65 years, the chapter has presented scholarships and awards worth more than $700,000 to 1,754 young women. The goals of the year-round cotillion program include the promotion of high moral character; development of personality, talent, dignity and pride; and provision of scholarships.

“These young ladies have been working very hard since October 2013 during many hours of rehearsals and participation,” Evelyn Shaw Wilson, a co-chairwoman of the event, said in the release. “They are all extremely intelligent and talented young ladies, and no matter who is selected queen to represent the sorority, they are all winners.”

Also serving as cotillion co-chairwomen are Genotre Penny-Boone, Stephanie Thorne and Shawnita Harper. The event’s honorary co-chairwomen are Fannie Costen and Jackie Dickens.

Pamela Daniels is the chapter’s basileus.

The debutantes and their assistant marshals will conduct a ribbon-based traditional cartwheel with the cotillion’s queen positioned in the center, the first- second- and third-place runners-up and the assistant marshals forming an inner circle and the other debutantes and assistant marshals in an outer circle.

Bobbie Jones, Mayor of Princeville, will welcome the debutantes into society, the release says. Music will be provided by James W. Moore of Wilson.

This year’s debutantes and their parents and high schools are:

  • Shaneka Nicole Adkins, the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Alton J. Adkins, Tarboro High School.
  • Kaitlyn Christine Bryant-Jacobs, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Bryant III, Rocky Mount High School.
  • Kenya Janae Dickens, the daughter of Quincy W. Dickens Sr. and Jacqueline Dickens, Rocky Mount High School.
  • DéNazha Dyrekah Dozier, the daughter of Chester Lyons and Jetta Dozier, SouthWest Edgecombe High School.
  • Latisha Reneé Edwards, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Edwards, Northern Nash High School.
  • Jasmine Renée Jenkins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Izel Jenkins Jr., Ralph Fike High School.
  • Tinisha Reneé Taylor, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Taylor Jr. Nash Central High School.

The queen and honor court will be selected on the basis of the highest amount of scholarship funds raised.