The Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held its biennial "A Touch of Class" Cotillion on March 8. The theme was Exemplifying Excellence through Grace, Scholarship and Service. Eight young ladies who are juniors and seniors were presented to society at USC Aiken during the Cotillion ball. These young women represent various high schools in Aiken County.
Velice R. Cummings, president of Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter, greeted the more than 250 family and friends who gathered to share in this memorable occasion. The debutantes were introduced by Master of Ceremony Eugene White. After being formally introduced, the debutantes, their escorts and fathers performed a series of dance routines that were choreographed by Ms. Kristin Allen of Burns Dance Studio.
The debutantes included: Kayla Davis, a junior at Midland Valley High School and daughter of Deirdre Davis-Dicks and Frederick Dicks, was escorted by Colbi Sullivan; Venice Douglas, a junior at Midland Valley High School and daughter of Ettore C. and Demetras Herrington, was escorted by Malik Coates; Chloe Hammond, a junior at Aiken High School and daughter of Juan and Angie Hammond, was escorted by Brendon Frazier; Aiyana Holland, a senior at Aiken High School and daughter of Sharon Adams and Keith Holland, was escorted by Kenyon Ligons; Pamela Key, a junior at South Aiken High School and daughter of Rosalind Key and Harvey Key, was escorted by Ja’Kobe Bush; Rylee Knox, a senior at North Augusta High School and daughter of Robert and Machela Knox, was escorted by Collier Sullivan; Marlo Thornton, a senior at Mead Hall Episcopal School and daughter of Monroe and LaWanda Thornton, was escorted by Robert Morris; and Justise Wright, a senior at Midland Valley High School and daughter of Johnene Wright, was escorted by Frederick McCain.
Chloe Hammond was crowned Miss “A Touch of Class” 2019. First runner-up was Aiyana Holland, and second runner-up was Pamela Key. Aiyana Holland and Justise Wright were presented awards for the senior debutantes with the highest GPAs, and Pamela Key and Kayla Davis were presented awards for the junior debutantes with the highest GPA.
Following the ceremony a reception was held with entertainment provided by Yesterday’s Dream.
Patricia Langford served as chairman of the 2019 Cotillion Committee and Miriam W. Hicks served as co-chairman.