Twelve debutantes dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses were presented to society on December 28 at Texarkana Country Club. Fred Norton, Jr., master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Vicki Carr and Andrea Finley played the chosen debut song for each young lady as she and her escort circled the room.
The debutantes for the 2019 season were introduced at a tea in May and have been honored with parties during the summer as well as the Christmas holiday. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow.Gallery: Texarkana Cotillion Club presents 2019 debutantes
Britton Tyler Anderson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Anderson of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Darlene Hall and the late Bradley Hall of Texarkana, Texas, Madeline Williams of Elk Grove, California, and Jack Anderson of Las Vegas, Nevada. Britton is a sophomore at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She is a nursing major. She is a member of the women's social club Ju Go Ju. Britton is a member of Walnut Church of Christ. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother, Dawson Bradley Anderson. She selected "A Whole New World" by Tim Rice and Alan Menken for her presentation song. Britton selected a simple and sophisticated gown from the Madison James Collection by Allure. Her gown featured a stunning off the shoulder neckline and a dropped waist bodice that is accentuated with jeweled details. The back of her gown was worn with an elaborate five-point bustle of the train and was completed with classic covered buttons.
Blaire Elizabeth Bledsoe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bledsoe of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Karen Williams and the late Danny Williams of Texarkana, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bledsoe of Texarkana, Arkansas. Blaire attends the University of Central Arkansas, College of Business, where she is a junior majoring in Business Finance. She has made the President's List every semester since attending UCA. She is a member of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Texas. Blaire is a member of the Upsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, where she serves on the Executive Board as Vice-President of Operations and is on the Recruitment Committee. She volunteers at Haven House, Young Life of Conway, United Way of Conway and Make -A-Wish. She also serves on the fundraising and sponsorship committees for the UCA Dance Marathon supporting Arkansas Children's Hospital. Blaire chose "Here Comes the Sun" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by Wren Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marty Williams of Texarkana, Arkansas. She selected a simple but elegant shantung ball gown. Her gown features a sweetheart neckline with a low back completed by covered buttons down the length of the breathtaking chapel train.
Morgan Grace Cook is the daughter of Monique and Jeff Cook of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. David McCarty of Marshall, Texas, the late Anne and Tommy Adams of Wake Village, Texas and the late Randy Cook of Daingerfield, Texas. Miss Cook attends the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she is a sophomore enrolled in the Sam Walton College of Business and is majoring in Marketing. Morgan is a member of the Psi Chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority and is involved in both volunteering and fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the sorority's national philanthropy. Morgan chose "Dream On" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by James Douglas Williamson, son of Mrs. George Tullis of Texarkana, Texas and Charles Williamson of Longview, Texas. Morgan selected a gown designed by Jovani. It features an off the shoulder bodice with a sweetheart neckline, princess seams, an embellished beaded belt with crystals, a V-back and a sweeping train.
Johanna Claire Doan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darby Doan of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of James Haltom and the late Dr. Sammye Haltom of Texarkana, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Doan of Dallas, Texas. Johanna is a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she is majoring in Accounting and Finance in the Baylor Hankamer School of Business. She is a member of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and mentors elementary children at Parkdale Elementary in Waco, where she volunteers as a reader and builds relationships with underprivileged students. Johanna also leads a weekly Bible study for high school girls through Kanakuk Kamps, where she served as a counselor last summer. She is a member of Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, Texas and attends Highland Church in Waco, Texas. She will be spending her summer abroad studying business through Baylor University in multiple cities including Prague, Munich, Milan, Paris, and Geneva, among others. She was presented by her father and escorted by Christopher Beckmann Brown, also a sophomore at Baylor University and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown of El Paso, Texas. She selected "Edelweiss" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, from "The Sound of Music" for her presentation song. She selected a stunning classic ball gown featuring a modern natural waist, a fitted crepe bodice with a jewel neckline, teardrop sleeveless design, and a cascade of elegant covered-buttons down the back, and complimented with a tulle skirt of multifaceted, sculpted tiered ruffles flowing into an exquisite train. Worn bustled for her debut, Miss Doan's gown was specially designed by Justin Alexander.
Anna Katherine Jordan is the daughter of Chad Jordan and the late Amanda Woodman of Texarkana, Texas. Anna is the granddaughter of Stephanie and Jim Fussell of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Becky and Jack Jordan of Camden, Arkansas. Anna attends the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she is enrolled in the J. Williams Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Photography. She is a member of the Alpha Omega chapter of the Delta Gamma Fraternity where she participates in Joining Forces benefiting Veterans, Anchor Splash, service for sight, the Burlsworth Foundation escorting youth to events, and is an on-campus ambassador for Leader Abroad. Anna chose "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat as her presentation song. Anna was presented by her father and escorted by her uncle, Tripp Fussell, of McClean, Virginia. Anna has chosen a satin A-line gown by Jovani. The bodice has a sweetheart neckline and a semi open back.
Baylee Dean Lindsey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Lindsey of Texarkana, Arkansas. She is the granddaughter of Mary Riggins of Benton, Arkansas, Donna Lindsey of White Hall, Arkansas, the late Tommy Riggins of Texarkana, Texas and the late Jerry Lindsey of White Hall, Arkansas. Baylee attends the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in Kinesiology Exercise Science with plans to attend Occupational Therapy School. She attends Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi Arkansas Alpha Chapter where she has participated in The Special Olympics, Philanthropy Read, Lead and Achieve events, has assisted with Tim Tebow's A Night to Shine Prom for the past two years, and Miracle League. Baylee serves as a mentor for UARK Empower Peer Mentor program. She chose the classic "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by Austin Nix, the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Nix of Texarkana, Arkansas. She chose a simple and elegant duchess satin A-line gown from the Madeline Gardner Collection for Morilee. The shoulders feature diamante beaded embroidery that continues down the beautiful open back.
Sophie Angela Lower is the daughter of Hal Lower and Dr. Kristi Lower of Texarkana, Texas. Sophie is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bock of Irving, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lower of Texarkana, Texas. She attends Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Creative Studies. She is a member of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Texas. While in school, she attends Brazos Fellowship Church in College Station, Texas. She teaches a Sunday School class at Brazos Fellowship. Sophie is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and this past semester served in several leadership positions, including head of New Member Presentation team and Initiation team for the Theta Gamma chapter. She attended Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp, a Christian summer camp, for a total of 10 years, 3 of which serving as a counselor. She chose "Simple Man," as her presentation song. Sophie was presented by her father and escorted by Connor Brooks, son of James Brooks and Dana Brooks of Texarkana, Texas. Sophie chose a classic A-line style ballgown with a modern updated fresh floral lace jacquard pattern. The circle skirt is accented with covered buttons down the bodice.
Kara Nicole Reaves is the daughter of Sondra and Chris Townsend of Texarkana, Arkansas. She is the granddaughter of Trecia Pace and the late Jim Pace, Bernice McDonald and the late Lou McDonald of Buckner, Arkansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Townsend of Hope, Arkansas. Kara attends the University of Arkansas, where she is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with plans to attend Occupational Therapy school. Kara is a member of City Church Texarkana. She is a member of the Psi Chapter of Chi Omega, and this past year has represented her sorority as a junior Panhellenic Delegate. She has volunteered for Make-A-Wish Foundation and she spent two weeks this past summer volunteering at Camp Barnabas, A Christian Camp for people with disabilities. She chose "Wide Open Spaces" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and was escorted by her oldest brother, Cole Townsend. Kara selected a classic ballgown of rich mikado satin. Her gown features a fitted bodice accentuated with a classic sash and bow in the back.
Addison Brooks Rogers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Bingham of Texarkana, Texas, and Brooks Rogers of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Haynes of Plano, Texas, Barbara Haynes of Maumelle, Arkansas, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Rogers of Texarkana, Texas and Mrs. Wally McCallum of Atlanta, Georgia. Addison attends the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a sophomore honors student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and has been named to both the Chancellor's List and Dean's List. She is a member of the Psi chapter of Chi Omega where she is involved with both volunteering and fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a Chi Omega Sisterhood Support Leader and freshman mentor. She is also involved in the University's Greek community supporting various philanthropies, as well as participating as a dancer representing Chi Omega in Greek Competitions. Addison volunteers for the Fayetteville, Arkansas, Life Source organization with the Kids Life after-school program. Addison was presented to the song "A Million Dreams" by Ziv Zaifman. She was presented by her stepfather, Todd Bingham, and escorted by her brother, Blake Rogers. Her gown was a vintage white strapless gown of tulle with a fitted bodice adorned with embroidered round and oval pearls. The gown features a scalloped waistline, accented with daisy pearls.
Morgan Elizabeth Sanders is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O'Donnell of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Graysen Sanders of Houston, Texas. Morgan is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gene Joyce of Texarkana, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Al B. Sanders of Austin, Texas. She is a junior at Texas A&M-Texarkana, where she is studying Criminal Justice. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she has volunteered in several capacities over the years. She has volunteered at Opportunities, Inc., since she was in kindergarten. She continues to show her commitment to Opportunities, Inc. while in college by having it serve as her community project that is requirement for a class. Elizabeth has also volunteered her time at Texarkana Literacy Council. Elizabeth also works with at-risk and underprivileged students through a program offered at her school. Elizabeth selected "Moon River," the theme song from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as her presentation song. Elizabeth was presented by her stepfather, John O'Donnell, and escorted by her cousin, Carson Rommel. Carson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Rommel of Texarkana, Texas. She selected a classic sweetheart ballgown with modern box pleats that accentuate the full A-line skirt. The back of the gown is finished with a trail of dainty rouleau covered buttons extending down the full length of the gown's back. Three rosettes are at the base of the bodice in the back. The rosettes were added as exact replicas of the rosettes on her grandmother's wedding gown.
Sarah Catherine Stark is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Stark of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stark of Texarkana, Texas, and Rose Lynn Russell and the late Calvin Russell of Texarkana, Texas. Sarah is a sophomore at the University of Texas - Austin, where she is majoring in Education. She is a member of the Iota Chapter of Chi Omega sorority, where she serves as a Sisterhood Chairman and will serve on the executive board as New Member Educator in 2020. She is actively involved with fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation. She volunteers with the University of Texas Chapter of Best Buddies and Dream Outside the Box. Sarah is also the Assistant Director of Design for the Women's Resource Agency at the University of Texas. She attends Student Mobilization Ministries in Austin and is an active member of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana. Sarah is escorted by Matthew Glenn Prieskorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Prieskorn of Texarkana, and presented by her father. She entered to the song "For Good" from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz. Sarah chose a mikado ball gown that embodies pure elegance. Her gown features off the shoulder straps and covered buttons down the length of the train. It was designed by Madison James for Allure.
Claire Hayley Sanson-White is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles David White of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy King of Texarkana, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Pope of Redwater, Texas and Christy White and the late Charlie White of Forrest City, Arkansas. Claire is a Junior at the University of Central Arkansas, majoring in Accounting. She is a member of the Accounting Club. Claire volunteers with Relay for Life, highway cleanup and Big Event in Conway, Arkansas. She is a member of Epsilon Xi chapter Delta Zeta sorority, where she is involved with both volunteering and fundraising for Starkey Hearing Foundation. Claire chose the song "Your Song" by Elton John and was presented by her father. She was escorted by her brother, Charles Griffin White. Claire chose a stunning strapless ballgown featuring elegant beading and an intricately designed organza skirt. A sweetheart neckline completes the elegant silhouette. Her gown was designed by Madeline Gardner for Morilee.