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The 2019 Crown goes to Victoria Smith, NAS Graduating Senior, 2019
Charmettes present 10 young women at Debutante Ball
Special to the ChroniclePublished 10:14 a.m. ET April 24, 2019
Victoria Smith, Miss Debutante 2019. (Photo: Jarmon Photography)
Ten bright and promising high school students were formerly presented to the community on March 30 during the 48th Annual Debutante Ball hosted by the Leon County Chapter of The Charmettes Inc.
The signature event shines a spotlight on young women who are compassionate leaders achieving academic excellence. During their Debutante process, they participate in a philanthropic journey of community service projects and are exposed to essential life skills and tools as they enter womanhood.
“For 48 years, Leon County Charmettes have presented more than 500 young ladies to society who excel in their academic studies, work hard in their communities and give back,” said Taylore Maxey, the Chapter’s president. “We are honored to be afforded this opportunity and proud of the contributions these Debutantes have made in their local communities.”
This year’s group of Debutantes are impressive. They represent the best of the best in our community through their involvement in extra-curricular activities, including student government, the arts and sports. Although they are young, these Debutantes are making a difference in their respective schools and throughout the Big Bend community that will have ripple effects for years to come.
The Master of Ceremonies was Darryl Jones, deputy director of the Minority Women and Small Business Enterprise Program within the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality. The Debutanes, dressed in elegant, white floor-length gowns, glided down the aisle of the banquet room at the University Center. Parents, family members, friends and esteemed guests beamed with pride as they captured the milestone moment with pictures that will be treasured for a lifetime.
At the end of the presentation, Victoria Smith was crowned the 2019 Miss Debutante and was given a sparkling tiara, red long-stemmed roses and a spotlight dance with her father, Sterling Smith.
Left to right: Marhee Green, Ariana Chandler, Taylor Stephens, Victoria Smith, Hanna Triplett, Taylor Lunningham, Tiffanee Moore, Adriyana Jackson, Janeen Meeks, and De'Asia Staten. (Photo: Jarmon Photography)
Here are this year’s Debutantes: • Ariana A’laya Chandler – a senior at Rickards High School. • Marhee Jenaí Green – a senior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Developmental Research School. • Adriyana Kannese Jackson – a senior at Chipley High School. • Taylor Janice Lorraine Lunningham – a senior at Colonial High School, Orlando. • Janeen McKenzie Meeks – a senior at Godby High School. • Tiffanee Marinda Moore – a senior at Christ Classical Academy. • Victoria Alexis Smith – a senior at Rickards High School. • DéAsia Paulette Staten – a senior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Developmental Research School. • Taylor Alexandra Stephens – a senior at Chiles High School. • Hanna Loraé Triplett – a senior at Rickards High School.
The Leon County Chapter also has junior debutantes, who begin their journey for their Debutante Ball beginning at age 16. If you are interested in becoming a 2019 Junior Debutante (10th grade and 11th grade) or a Debutante (11th grade, 12th grade and freshmen in college), please email your letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charmettes, Inc. is a civic organization founded in 1951 in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is a community conscious and action organization whose programs and activities provide assistance to needy individuals, promote health care awareness and provide scholarships to deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.leoncountycharmettes.org.