ESSEX COUNTY -– “Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader” is this year’s theme for the Essex County (NJ) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated’s ~ 2019 Debutante Leadership Program and 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion. Twenty girls were selected from seven New Jersey counties to participate in the prestigious 2019 Debutante Leadership Program. This notable program has been offered every other year for the past 27 years, by invitation only, to outstanding high school junior and senior girls in New Jersey who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to community service. Debutantes* participate in educational, cultural, social and community service activities, and weeks of dance rehearsals with their escorts and fathers.

The 2019 Debutante Leadership Program began in February and will culminate on December 8, 2019, in a formal cotillion. The 14th Biennial Emerald and Ivory Debutante Cotillion will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm at the Hanover Marriott Hotel, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ.

*Debutantes ~ 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion:

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Tamia Juane Blackwell of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Somalia Kai Bryant of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Krista Ann Kathleen Clapp of Summit, NJ — Summit High School

Dylan Blaine France of West Orange, NJ — Union Catholic High School

Jade Irma Heningburg of West Orange, NJ — Kent Place School

Catherine Elizabeth Martin of Stockton, NJ — Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Amanda Clarise Mack of Roseland — Montclair Kimberly Academy

Chloe Rose Mason of South Orange, NJ — The Pingry School

Janeyce Soncerea McCray of Union, NJ — Kent Place School

Noelle Melissa Mullins of South Orange, NJ — The Pingry School

Madison Michelle Oliver of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Jordan Alexia Parchman of Piscataway, NJ — Piscataway High School

Davionna Regine Phillips of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Madison Taylor Pigott of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Jasmin Sinclair Prophete of Holmdel, NJ — Academy of the Holy Angels

Mecca Erica Pryor of West Orange, NJ — West Orange High School

Jenna Alexis Smith of Scotch Plains, NJ — Kent Place School

Raigan Briana Stokes-Carter of Parlin, NJ — Sayreville War Memorial High School

Brianne Mariah Waithe of Mt. Laurel, NJ — Lenape High School

Anisa Soleil Williams of Branchburg, NJ — Somerville High School

About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 284 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Essex County (NJ) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated was established in 1986. Bobbie Polk, President, Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.