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.

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.”

Ja’Tyrah Miche Joseph, a senior at Killeen High School, fulfilled a family tradition, following in her aunt and grandmother’s Delta footsteps.

“I met a group of girls I will be friends with for a long time,” she said, adding that she will attend Texas State University after graduation and study pediatric dentistry.

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, 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, and were formally presented to the community.

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

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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