Cotillion a Learning Experience for Girls; Social Milestone Extends Tradition to Urban Youths

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), May 16, 2004 | Go to article overview

Cotillion a Learning Experience for Girls; Social Milestone Extends Tradition to Urban Youths


Byline: Denise Barnes, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Young women in white satin and pearls will curtsy and waltz away the evening with their dashing escorts today in a debutante ball at Washington's Willard Inter-Continental Hotel.

The Amerigroup 2004 Youth Cotillion Debutante Ball revives an old Washington tradition long reserved for the elite members of the community, but this time with an urban flair to reflect the District's economic and ethnic diversity.

The 10 debutantes and their escorts who attend public, private and charter schools in the city participated in a 12-week educational program to build self-esteem and encourage civic awareness.

"I'm so thrilled about being introduced to society. I've dreamed of being a debutante," said Devette Phillips, 16, a junior at Ballou Senior High School. She will be escorted by Donnell D. Owens, the vice president of student government at Ballou.

"This experience has been great," said Devette. "We have all learned how to get along with one another, and there's a sense of camaraderie."

"We are trying to give these young ladies a glimpse into a larger world, culturally and in terms of community service," said Kenneth Brown, an executive with Amerigroup, a community-based Medicaid-managed health-care company that joined with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to sponsor the youth cotillion.

"The cotillion preparation has opened their eyes to life beyond their neighborhoods," said Mr. Brown. "The young ladies were glad to be a part of something so positive. One of the young men explained to me that he was just happy to join in a family-type activity."

Days before the ball, the teenagers perfected their dance moves at the Emery Recreation Center while music from the 1960s Motown era resonated throughout the spacious room. The guys fell to their knees as the Temptations' 1966 hit, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," echoed in the background.

"Initially, I didn't want to do this, but I started attending the practices and the different workshops and the community-service programs. And, I found them to all be very interesting," said Donnell, who will fall to his knees in a white dinner jacket and black trousers for Devette today.

Donnell said his and Devette's participation in the cotillion reflects well on their high school. "This shows that students at Ballou do participate in positive activities," he said.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Cotillion a Learning Experience for Girls; Social Milestone Extends Tradition to Urban Youths
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.