WHIPPANY, NJ — Eight West Orange residents were recently selected to join a group of 20 girls from seven New Jersey counties to participate in the prestigious 2019 Debutante Leadership Program, including:

  • Tamia Juane Blackwell — West Orange High School (WOHS)
  • Somalia Kai Bryant — WOHS
  • Davionna Regine Phillips — WOHS
  • Madison Taylor Pigott — WOHS
  • Mecca Erica Pryor — WOHS
  • Madison Michelle Oliver — WOHS
  • Jade Irma Heningburg — Kent Place School
  • Dylan Blaine France — Union Catholic High School

For 27 years, the Essex County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has offered the Debutante Leadership Program 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. Every other year, the 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 Dec. 8, 2019 in a formal cotillion on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hanover Marriott Hotel in Whippany. The theme for the 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion is “Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader,” and tickets are available through Nov. 20.

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The West Orange teens’ fellow debutantes for the 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion include:

Jordan Amanda Clarise Mack of Roseland — Montclair Kimberly Academy

Janeyce Soncerea McCray of Union – Kent Place School

Jenna Alexis Smith of Scotch Plains – Kent Place School

Chloe Rose Mason of South Orange – The Pingry School

Noelle Melissa Mullins of South Orange – The Pingry School

Krista Ann Kathleen Clapp of Summit – Summit High School

Catherine Elizabeth Martin of Stockton – Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Jordan Alexia Parchman of Piscataway – Piscataway High School

Jasmin Sinclair Prophete of Holmdel – Academy of the Holy Angels

Raigan Briana Stokes-Carter of Parlin – Sayreville War Memorial High School

Brianne Mariah Waithe of Mt. Laurel – Lenape High School

Anisa Soleil Williams of Branchburg – Somerville High School