Events for the younger crowd took over this week's column
Ten young women were presented by the Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at its annual debutante cotillion April 8 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium.
Welcoming guests to "An Elegant Array of Precious Pearls" were chapter President Jacqueline Nash Grant. Junior League of Baton Rouge President Kathy Fletcher Victorian served as emcee for the evening.
Crowned as cotillion queen was Joy Gustavia Trusclair, daughter of Joyce F. and Donald Trusclair. She was escorted by Raymond Vincent. Third Princess Taylor Danielle Fields, daughter of Brigitte Fields and John Fields, was named 2017 Miss Amity. She was escorted by Kendall Boults.
Also reigning as princesses were First Princess Caché Marchell Brown, daughter of Calaundra and Raymond Clarke and the late Marlon Brown, escorted by Darius Washington; Second Princess Peyton Lauryn Matthew, daughter of Veronica Matthew and Torin Matthew, escorted by Taylor Matthew; Fourth Princess Sondra Alexis Williams, daughter of Carla and Robert Williams, escorted by Alvin McCrory III; Fifth Princess Desireé Nicole Jones, daughter of Jennifer and Ervin Jones, escorted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Honored cotillion maids were Victoria Lauryn Clark, daughter of Sonceree Clark and Darren Clark, escorted by Clayton Hunter; Mia Geneice Gaines, daughter of Melissa and Telfry Gaines, escorted by Preston Gaines; Shania Darnay Stewart, daughter of Chastity Sanders and Shondel Stewart, escorted by Devonte Landry; and Nia Simone Ross, daughter of India and Ike Ross, escorted by Keilen Ross.
Ball captains for the event were Nicholas Cloyd, Tristan Matthew, Derick Rheams Jr. and Carter Tucker.
Errin W. Gaines served as general debutante chairwoman, while Brandy Johnson, Kimberly McCants and Danielle Staten served as her co-chairwomen. Also assisting were chapter Vice President Velena Johnson, Carla Harmon, Toyia Charles-Comminey, Joycelyn Green, Mary Alice Darby, Ellen McKnight and Brittnei Shelling.
Sheldon Shannon showed why he won this year's Woman's Club Scholarship as he entertained members and guests with toe-tapping performances on the marimba and drum at the group's April 6 coffee. The LSU music education major is the first percussionist to receive the scholarship.
He was followed by Renée Chatelain, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, who gave an update on current projects. "Every part of our lives involves art," said Chatelain. "Arts and culture is who we are, who we are as a city, what we celebrate as humans."
Kelsey Livingston, an art liaison for the Arts Council, was April's cameo artist. Club member George Ann Brown was the lucky winner of an Easter lily.
Angie Inzerella was in charge of the morning's program. Rosemary Lane was in charge of the food. Carolyn Chaney and Mary Ladner greeted everyone as they arrived.
'Jewels of the Nile'
The Tri Parish Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority introduced its six debutantes at a Presentation Tea on March 19. The debs will be presented at the sorority's June cotillion.
This year's "Jewels of the Nile" include Angelique Jack, daughter of Schandelita Allen and Avery Jack, and a senior at MSA West Academy in Plaquemine; Kennedy Whitfield, daughter of Shaurona Brown and Ronel Whitfield, and a junior at Port Allen High School; Lauryn Lathan, daughter of Daronda and Freddie Lathan, and a junior at Christian Life Academy; Joy'Da Spurlock, daughter of Vernita Benton-Spurlock and Henry Spurlock, and a sophomore at Livonia High School; Marissa Ramsey, daughter of Dr. Keith and Debra Ramsey, and a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches; and Aliana Jackson, daughter of Cynthia and Alicary Jackson, and a senior at Port Allen High School.