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[January 03, 2009]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Helen Pauly column: Milwaukee-area debutantes celebrate in style

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 3--Nearly 60 young women recently participated in debutante balls that honored their commitment to community service and scholarship.

On Nov. 28, 12 high school seniors participated in the 28th annual Christian Business and Professional Alliance Debutante Cotillion, which was held at the Milwaukee Hilton.

Those participants were Lowrysha Cheatham, Neisha Clark, Shamara Davis, Kahla Pace-Dotson, Diamonique Felder, Mariah Galarza, Kayla Jackson, Kara Macon, Ebony Maxwell, Nnenna Obiora, Danielle Patterson and Valecia Patton.

Jackson was selected as Miss Debutante 2008. She is a senior at Rufus King High School and plans to attend Spelman College and major in sports medicine.

Nov. 29 saw two more balls, one hosted by the Service Club of Milwaukee and the other by the Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

The sorority's 35th annual Debutante Cotillion was held at the Pfister Hotel, where 17 young women made their debut. They were: Ria Chin-You, Alexis Stanley, Shilaine Nelson, Sharone Witter, Briani Franklin, Raven Washington, Shawn Avery, Jasmine Carter, Ryanna Fore, Megan Harmon, Sable Harris, Shaqueda Jenkins, Brittney Payne, Carissa Peters, Porschae Smith, Ravien Trimble and Brittany White. Chin-You, who is a senior at Brookfield East High School, was named Miss Debutante 2008.

Over at the Midwest Airlines Center, 27 college freshmen were honored at the Service Club of Milwaukee's 85th annual Charity Ball for their service work and fund-raising efforts that benefit myriad local charities. The young ladies participating in that event were: Kelly Ambrookian, Caroline Bal, Olivia Bedran, Stephanie Black, Katie Diederich, Christine Ebinger, Katie Eisenbrown, Missy Elliott, Laura Flatley, Catie Gehl, Grace Hauske, Mary Krings, Stewart Long, Betsy Lucas, Christina Malliet, Melissa Mayfield, Leah Mortensen, Kathleen Nash, Hayley Opgenorth, Nina Prestigiacomo, Caitlin Quinlevan, Lauren Salaymeh, Charlotte Sivanich, Melissa Speaker, Nicole Trau, Alexandra Tynion and Sarah VandenBerg.

Hauske recorded a first for the organization by being the only young woman in the club's history to be both the leader of the ball, for her hours of volunteer service, and the fund-raising leader of the ball for selling the most ads in the ball's program. Hauske, who attends Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., is a University School graduate. She volunteered with the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation and St. Francis Children's Center.

Helen Pauly's column appears every other week. Contact her by e-mail at or by phone at (414) 224-2183.

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