Franklin-Jeanerette Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated hosted its 26th annual Cotillion/Beautillion Ball Dec. 10, 2016, in the Franklin Senior High School auditorium. The theme, “Jewels of Distinction: Rare, Treasured and Invaluable,” was used to formally showcase the presentation of participating debutantes and beaus.

The Ball was the culmination of social, cultural, educational and service-related activities by the candidates designed to promote bonding that positively reinforce critical high self-esteem principles and ethical standards. Qualities to last a lifetime are promoted building strong morals and values with continuous education and achievement and leadership skill-building through volunteerism and community service. Beaus and debutantes are instructed to use effective communication skills, refine social skills and build camaraderie among themselves.

The 26th annual presentation was a continuance of the vision and dreams of charter, past and current members of this chapter.

The presentation of all Debutantes and Beaus preceded the crowning of royalty. Tyrus Paige Anderson, a senior at Central Catholic High School in Morgan City, was crowned 2016-2017 Queen. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwan and Tanya Johnson-Anderson of Franklin. She was escorted by Samarick Paul, a senior at Central Catholic High School of Morgan City, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael and Chasity Paul of Patterson.

In addition to her many interests and hobbies, Anderson is a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader, Central Catholic High School Ark Club, placed first in the District Literary Rally and placed second in the Louisiana State Literary Rally; both in psychology. She serves as senior class vice-president and secretary of the Key Club, among her many accomplishments.

Anderson’s post-secondary inclination includes attending either Southern Methodist University in Dallas or Howard University in Washington, D.C., and plans to major in political science and subsequently pre-law. She plans to become an attorney with aspirations of later becoming a United States Senator.

Beau Deonté Javon Gibson, was crowned 2016-2017 King. He is a senior at West St. Mary High School and the son of Liesha Metz and Dwan Gibson. Gibson was escorted by his Belle for the evening, Tiffany Latrice Simon. Tiffany is the daughter of Thaddeus and Patricia Simon and attends St. Martinville Senior High School in St. Martinville.

Gibson has many interests, hobbies and achievements including football, baseball and band. He maintains honor roll status and was recently named Student of the Year at West St. Mary High School. He also volunteers with the Four Corners Volunteer Fire Department, Four Corners Christmas Parade and bicycle give-away and other church and community projects. Upon graduation, he intends to attend Grambling University and major in marketing with a minor in architecture. After completing college, he plans to become an entrepreneur and open a clothing store.

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