It was an evening for showcasing accomplishments, and more than 800 supporters of the Essence of Ebony Pearls attended the debutante scholarship cotillion presented by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
The sixth cotillion (the event takes place every other year) featured 24 young women presented in the Coliseum in St. Petersburg.
The debs, their parents and their schools, are:
Tierra S. Bryant, daughter of Leroy and Elonda Sheely; Gibbs High School.
Cydney E. Davis, daughter of Herbert and Corliss Davis; Osceola High.
Briauna N. Edwards, daughter of Robert and Nikki Edwards; St. Petersburg Collegiate High.
Debriona George, daughter of Keith and Debbie George; Boca Ciega High.
Danielle J. Green, daughter of Daniel Green and Felicia Johnson; Gibbs.
Jaquanda R. Green, daughter of Theodoria Crawford and the late Frank Green III; Gibbs.
Lauren E.J. Hamilton, daughter of Lawrence W. Hamilton and the late Karen F. Hamilton; St. Petersburg Catholic High.
Shamarri M. Hartzog, daughter of Kevin and Michelle Hartzog; Lakewood High.
Kachira J.R. Irby, daughter of the Rev. Kenneth and Karen Irby; Lakewood.
Keyana O. Jenkins, daughter of Tommy and Debra Murry; St. Petersburg High.
Simone L. Long, daughter of Jimmy Long and Brian and Regina Bostick; St. Petersburg Catholic.
Keosha L. Matt, daughter of Christopher and Kimberly Matt; Boca Ciega.
Ka Andra J. Maxwell, daughter of Bobbie and Katitia Maxwell and Andre Richardson; Boca Ciega.
Naija Miller, daughter of Jeffery J. and Marlica Tomlinson; Lakewood High.
Gabrielle C. Montes, daughter of Luis and Cassandra Montes; St. Petersburg.
Danielle J. Price, daughter of David and Maria Price; Osceola.
Keyata Seymour, daughter of Sam and Jacqueline Seymour; Lakewood.
Shante Shedrick, daughter of Jason and Sheri Shedrick; Lakewood.
Aubrey Smith, daughter of Aundrey Smith and Cynthia Millhouse; Lakewood.
Reaia M. Thomas, daughter of Michelle Branton; Boca Ciega.
Rakaile D.S. Washington, daughter of James and Karletta Welton; Lakewood.
Keonna Welch, daughter of County Commissioner Kenneth T. and Donna Welch; Gibbs.
Tynequia S. Williams, daughter of Fred and Latitia Stephens; Boca Ciega.
Lorielle K. Wright, daughter of Pamela Wright; Gibbs.
Lauren Hamilton was named Miss Debutante 2011. First-place honors went to Simone Long, second-place honors to Keonna Welch and third-place honors to Kachira Irby. All will receive college scholarships.
Shamarri Hartzog was named Miss Congeniality; Danielle Price, Miss Scholar; Naija Miller, Miss Community Service; and Keonna Welch, Miss Supreme Spirit.
Michael J.L. and Janice Clarke were master and mistress of ceremonies, describing in detail each young woman's scholastic and leadership accomplishments, civic activity and community service. Deborah D. Figgs-Sanders chaired the event, with assistance from co-chairs Lena L. Wilfalk and Lisa Brody. Crystal Pruitt is president of the chapter.