THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES—Kielah Agnes Turner, Rikki Lanae Murphy, Corri Lynn Waters, Olivia Rose Barnes and Teran Michele Mickens (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)
by Debbie Norrell
Courier Staff Writer
Eight extraordinary teens were presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc.’s 2012 Presentation Ball: “Our Journey: Creating Our Legacy” on Dec. 29, at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The formal evening highlighted eight of the city’s most talented African-American high school juniors and seniors. The outstanding academic, athletic and community service achievements were celebrated as the teens waltzed with grace, poise and elegance.
The 2012 presentees were Forrest Alexander Barnes, Olivia Rose Barnes, Teran Michelle Mickens, Tevin Michael Mickens, Rikki LiNae Murphy, Shafer Dean Swann, Kielah Agnes Turner and Corri Lynn Waters. Proceeds from the Presentation Ball will benefit The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Jack and Jill of America Inc. has been encouraging, celebrating and showcasing talented youth through the biennial Presentation Ball since 1982. Preparation for the ball is a yearlong commitment in which eligible teens participate in several seminars including: grooming/etiquette, leadership, education, finance, legal, community service and social events. Jack and Jill of America, a non-profit, international organization, is the oldest and largest African-American family organization in the United States with more than 9,500 members. The Pittsburgh Chapter was organized in 1944.