SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Summit's Krista Ann Kathleen Clapp, who attends Summit High School, will be among 20 girls selected from seven New Jersey counties to participate in the Essex County of the Links' 2019 Debutante Leadership Program. The theme of this year's program and 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion is 'Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader'.

This 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 in a formal cotillion -- the 14th Biennial Emerald and Ivory Debutante Cotillion -- on Sunday, December 8, from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Hanover Marriott Hotel, which is located at 1401 Route 10 East in Whippany. For tickets, visit

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In addition to Krista Ann Kathleen Clapp, debutantes include:

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

Somalia Kai Bryant of West Orange, NJ – West Orange 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

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, and is committed "to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry."