KILLEEN — Today, a young woman’s success is measured by her character, upstanding qualities, her discrimination and taste. She creates her own sense of social worth by her intelligence, refinement and actions.

Several graduating seniors were presented to society Saturday during the Killeen Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s 26th annual Debutante Cotillion at the Courtyard by Marriott in Killeen.

“During this process I learned a lot about myself and what community service actually does,” said Taylor Smith. “I made some new friends and how to carry myself as a grown young lady.”

Smith will attend either Texas State University or Sam Houston University, where she will study nursing.

The cotillion is the culmination of one of the chapter’s most prestigious youth events.

“Our mission is to successfully mentor young ladies as they transition to college and areas in various aspects of adult life,” said Schicasulyn “Renee” McFarland, event chairwoman. “Our vision is to present a balanced, well-rounded group of young ladies who are confident, independent, respected, poised and prepared to reach their goals in our community and world.”

Kennedy White said being a debutante gave her more self-confidence.

“I’m normally a pretty shy person, and this definitely made me come out of my comfort zone,” she said adding that she plans to study interior design at the University of North Texas in the fall.

Graduating high school seniors from the Killeen and Copperas Cove independent school districts applied and were selected to participate in various activities that enriched their knowledge and appreciation of leadership, scholarship, volunteerism and education, as well as expanding their cultural and social horizons.

“Over the last few months, the ladies have bonded as they participated in educational, social and public service activities,” said LaQuita Clark, chapter president. “Utilizing our theme of ‘Once Upon a Time I Dared to Imagine, Initiate and Inspire,’ we dared these young ladies to record their visions for their future and think about the short- and long-term goals they must execute to get them to the end successfully.”

During the ball, the ladies changed into white gowns, representing purity, performed a waltz with their escorts and were formally presented to the community.

More than $8,000 in college scholarships was awarded.


Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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