The Eta Chi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented 16 debutantes at its 26th annual Winter Cotillion on Jan. 6 in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette.

The ball, “An Enchanted Evening of Elegance," was the pinnacle event after several months of activities including etiquette workshops, community service, dance rehearsals, a college tour and the Mother-Daughter Hat Luncheon.

The evening began with greetings from President Quintella T. Baskerville. Mistresses of Ceremonies were Tanya Provost Sias and Justice Henderson. Eleven high school juniors who are prospective debutantes served as tea girls.

The evening continued with the presentation of the debutantes, the debutantes’ dance with their fathers and the cotillion dance with escorts, which was choreographed by Chesteena Bishop. Karen Abernathy Haith led the evening’s toast, then each debutante was presented with a gift. Thailund Porter Green and Tracey Biagas-Hill, chairwomen of the debutante committee, closed out the presentation as the evening gave way to a formal dance.

Presented were: Troie Autumn Acker, the daughter of Franchesca and Dosreis Acker Sr., is a senior at Teurlings Catholic High School and plans to attend either the University of Louisiana at Lafayette or Louisiana Tech and major in chemical engineering.

Payton Madison Beaner, the daughter of Chris and Kisha Beaner, is a senior at Acadiana High School and plans to attend Southern University and major in biology.

Kennedy Anne Benjamin, the daughter of Kim and Dr. Louis C. Benjamin III, of Baton Rouge, is a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy and plans to attend Georgetown University and major in political science/international relations.

Madison Michelle Coulon is the daughter of Milton Joseph Coulon III and Deandra Johnson-Narcisse. She is a senior at Lafayette High School and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in political science.

Takiyah Ericiana Dupas, the daughter of Sonya Antoine, is a senior at Acadiana High School and plans to attend LSU and major in biology (pre-med).

Lindsay Danielle Green is the daughter of Thailund and Eric Green Sr., of New Iberia. She is a senior at Catholic High School and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and major in pre-pharmacy.

Cai Malanie Helaire, the daughter of Trevis and Carline Helaire, is a senior at Carencro High School and plans to attend LSU to major in kinesiology and minor in biology.

Dwan Makaela Jackson is the daughter of Dwalyn and Alfreda Jackson, of New Iberia. She is a senior at Westgate High School and plans to attend LSU and major in veterinary medicine.

Faith Ann Mayfield is the daughter of Brad and Grace Mayfield, of Opelousas. She is a senior at Opelousas Catholic High School and plans to attend Southern University and major in biology research.

Xaviera Paige McCray is the daughter of Terrance McCray and Sherelle Pickney. She is a senior at Northside High School and plans to attend Alabama State University on a full scholarship and major in history (pre-law).

Robbi Hasana Palmer is the daughter of Robert Palmer, and Chad and Fran Lemelle, of Eunice. She is a senior at Eunice High School and plans to major in business with a concentration in computer information systems at college.

Tylynn Alexis Richard is the daughter of Scotty and Ronnetta Richard, of Breaux Bridge. She is a senior at Breaux Bridge High School and plans to attend McNeese State University and major in education and business.

Alexis Oriana Sam, the daughter of Carleton and Linda Sam, is a senior at TM Landry College Prep and plans to attend George Washington University and major in applied mathematics with an emphasis on international business.

Courtlynn Elizabeth Thomas, the daughter of Quinn and Mary Simon, is a senior at David Thibodaux Stem Magnet Academy and plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in biomedical engineering.

Dawn Ashley Thomas, the daughter of Don Thomas and Chasity Hardy, is senior at Opelousas Senior High School and plans to attend Northwestern State University and major in nursing.

Kennedy Elizabeth Walker is the daughter of Joni and Dr. Edwin Walker Jr., of Baton Rouge. She is a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy and plans to attend Tulane University and major in biochemistry.