7 students in debutante cotillion

Event is March 9

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The Rocky Mount chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is celebrating 70 years of presenting young women to society with a scholarship cotillion Friday, March 9, at the OIC Auditorium in Rocky Mount. The sorority’s membership extends to the Wilson area.

The sorority has a rich history of very formal debutante balls in the 1960s to the pageant format being used to day, according to member Elizabeth Moore of Wilson.

The Debutante Cotillion has always been a scholarship benefit promoting education and qualities of finer womanhood, said member Bonnie Hough of Wilson. The members stress to the participants that the world is ready to receive an educated young woman when she knows where she is going.

The dressy event is free and open to the public, age 12 and older.

There will be seven participants: Kenya Arnold of Tarboro High School, Chavonni Cole of Rocky Mount High School, Alona Grandy of Hunt High School, Zhy’Keriah Hudgins of Rocky Mount High School, Jada Peterson of Rocky Mount High School, JaNausja Sanders of Tarboro High School and She’lisa Williams of Rocky Mount Preparatory School.

The OIC Auditorium is located at 402 E. Virginia St., Rocky Mount.