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People & Places Sunday, May 22

Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi sponsored its 66th annual Debutante presentation.

2016 Queen of the Annual Debutante Ball: Adrianna Me’Chelle Kelsey.

2016 Queen of the Annual Debutante Ball: Adrianna Me’Chelle Kelsey.

The Salisbury Elks #699

The Salisbury Elks 699 participated in a Veterans stand down at the VA Medical Center on Friday, May 13. The event was held to provide homeless veterans with information, medical/dental help and basic necessities. The Elks provided our vets with caps, socks, underwear, undershirts, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste and brush along with a variety of other personal care items, as well as snacks.

The need is there for our homeless heroes and as long as there are Veterans, the Elks will never forget them. This is a motto with the Elks Grand Lodge which helps support events such as these across the country.

Rowan Redbuds Garden Club

The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club will meet Thursday, May 26, at 1 p.m. in the Stanback Room, Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W.t Fisher St. Guests are welcome. For more information call Kim Fahs, president, at 704-754-8905.


National Senior Health and Fitness Fair

On Thursday, May 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., come to a fitness fair in honor of Senior Health and Fitness Day. You will have an opportunity to speak with several different companies about concerns or questions that affect seniors and their health.  Blood pressure screenings, chair massages, medicine review, hearing screenings, and more. Class demonstrations of Gentle Yoga, Gentle Beginner Exercise, and Tai Chi will be available. For those planning to participate in demonstration classes, please plan to wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. Also join us at 1 p.m. and play a round of seated chair volleyball in the Fitness Annex.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Debutante Presentation

Debutante Presentation Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Event Center at Cornerstone. Sponsored by Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Sorority, Inc. sponsored its sixty-sixth Annual Debutante presentation at the Event Center at Cornerstone. The purpose of the annual Debutante Presentation is to present to society, at the proper time and in an appropriate manner, eligible young ladies in our area. This presentation is one way of emphasizing our idea of finer womanhood.

The Debutante Presentation was opened with the Sorority Hymn sang by the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The attendees were greeted by Chapter President Soror Natalie Currie. The presentation of talent was facilitated by Soror Diane Moore. The 2016 Talent Presentations included Debutante Janiah Hall, who performed a dance; TaCora Crump, who performed a monologue and Alyssa Carpen, who held an Art Showing in the lobby of Cornerstone.

A special presentation was performed by the Triple Threat Dance and Charm Group.

Brother Pastor Dr. Henry C. Diggs, Chief Marshall, member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and fraternity brother to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. presented the 2016 Marshals. The Marshals were Kendre’ Dewon Bates, Gregory Lucas Beam, Dhasan Chymar Boler, Justin Anthony Bermudez, Taylor L. Davis, Robert Anthony Gaither, Javin Clifton Goodine, Jerry Maurice Knox, and Dennis Lamar Rivers, Jr.

The Ladies in Waiting were presented by Soror Robin Bailey. The Ladies in Waiting were Lady Lora Withers, 2015 Debutante Queen; Lady Mariah Mason, 1st Runner-Up and the 2015 winner of the Miss Congeniality Award; Lady Sammetria Pickney, 2nd Runner-Up; Lady Zykeria Tucker, 3rd Runner-Up; Lady Storm Ineta Andrade and Lady Mariah Nicole Smith.

The presentation of the 2016 Debutante Queen and Court was led by Soror Vincia Benjamin Miller.

Debutante TaCora Alexis Crump, 1st Runner-Up, is the daughter of Mr. Elmer Crump and Ms. Sandra Knox Crump. She attends Rowan County Early College. Her ambition is to attend a 4-year college. Her sponsor is Soror Barbara Neely.

Debutante Niaja Desiree Wilson, 2nd Runner-Up, is the daughter of Ms. Deanna Dunlap. She attends West Rowan High School. Her ambition is to attend Winston-Salem State University to be an orthopedic surgeon. Her sponsor is Soror Alexis Richardson.

Debutante Janiah Denise Hall, 3rd Runner-Up, is the daughter of Mr. Cedrick Hall and Ms. Lori Robertson. She attends North Rowan High School. Her ambition is to attend Appalachian State University. Her sponsor is Soror Barbara Neely.

Debutante Janae Marie Bates, 4th Runner-Up, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George and Sharon Bates. She attends Jesse C. Carson High School. Her ambition is to attend Winston-Salem State University. Her sponsor is Soror Barbara Neely.

Debutante Briana Alexis Dummett is the daughter of Mr. Michael and Ms. Stephanie Dummett. She attends North Rowan High School. Her ambition is to attend Eastern Carolina University and major in Marine Biology. Her sponsor is Soror Barbara Neely.

Debutante Alyssa Carpen is the daughter of Mrs. Shaneka Dalleinne and Mr. Matthew Dalleinne. She attends North Rowan High School. Her ambition is to attend Lenoir Rhyne University. Her sponsor is Soror Barbara Neely.

The 2016 Queen of the Annual Debutante Ball is Adrianna Me’Chelle Kelsey. She is the daughter of Dr. Kimberly D. Kelsey. She attends East Rowan High School. Her ambition is to attend college and major in biology. Her sponsor is Soror Joann Diggs.

The coronation of the 2016 Queen Debutante Adrianna Me’Chelle Kelsey was led by Lora Emani Withers, 2015 Debutante Queen who transferred the cape and crown to 2016 Debutante Queen Kelsey.

2016 Debutante Queen Adrianna Kelsey graciously accepted the crown. As Debutante Queen Kelsey waved to the audience and took the queen’s walk she was serenaded by the Rev. Dr. Henry C. Diggs and Soror Diane Moore who sang “Queen of the Debutante Ball.” After the Queen’s walk she was escorted to the Queen’s throne.

Soror LaTavia Gray presented Miss Congeniality. The debutantes select her by secret ballot. This year’s Miss Congeniality is 2016 Debutante Queen Adrianna Kelsey.

Soror Tenise Henson presented the 2016 Debutante trophies.

Debutante Ta Cora Crump, 1st Runner-Up in the Queen’s Court, delivered a moving and cordial acknowledgement from the 2016 Debutantes.

The Annual Debutante Ball culminated with the debutantes leading a Presentation of Finer Womanhood consisting of the Debutante Song; showing their charm and grace during their performance of the Colonial Minuet which included the Marshals and the Final Salute where the Debutantes curtsied and the Marshals bowed to the audience.


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