20th Century Onyx Club Presents 50th Golden Anniversary Debutante Ball
The 20th Century Onyx Club of Ventura County will present their 50th Golden Anniversary Debutante Ball at the Embassy Suites’ Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort on Saturday, February 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The ball is sponsored by the club to help support teenage African-American girls in their moral, social, and cultural development. The event signifies that a young lady has reached the age of maturity and that, as a new adult, she is ready to be introduced to the community in a formal presentation known as a “debut” or “coming out.”
The debutante ball involves a good deal of social and cultural training. It gives young ladies exposure they wouldn’t normally have.They gain experience they can use throughout their lives.
That experience includes etiquette sessions, personal grooming seminars, community service, and opportunities to go to cultural events such as plays, concerts, and art and historical museums. In addition, the young ladies work to raise money for scholarships.
Preparation for the ball also includes spending time with women from the Onyx Club and lessons in formal dance. On the night of the ball, each debutante will be doing a combination of formal dance routines for their debut dance.
This year’s debutantes are:
Debutante Aiyana Aolani Brown, Port Hueneme.
She is the daughter of Terrina Price and Hiromi Brown – a Junior at Pacifica High School and a team member of the Track Team. She was selected student Ambassador on behalf of the “People-to-People” Ambassador team. She is a member of Evangelistic Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on the Junior Usher Board and volunteers with the children’s ministry. Plans after graduation from Pacifica High is to attend UCLA or UCSB to become a Neonatal nurse.
Dejahnae Nadette Brown, Port Hueneme.
The daughter of Terrina Price and Hiromi Brown. Dejahnae is a Junior at Pacifica High School, and a member of the Track and Field, where she received an award for ‘Most Potential’, and was selected student Ambassador on behalf of the “People-to-People” Ambassador team. She is a member of Evangelistic Missionary Baptist Church where she is on the Junior Usher board and volunteers with the children ministry. Upon graduation, Dejahnae’s plans are to attend UCLA to get a degree in Nursing.
Maxine Simone Hill, Ventura
She is the daughter of Melisa Blackmoore and Christopher Hill Maxine is a Senior at Buena High school, where she is a member and the secretary for the Mecha Club. The Mecha Club is a club that promotes higher education, culture, and history among the Latino community. A member of the Teen Peer Counseling group that provide support and guidance to teenage girls. Maxine’ plans are to attend Ventura College for two years and transfer to Fresno State University to Major in Criminal Justice.
Mikaela Yvonne McCowan, Ventura
She daughter of Desiree Galleo McCowan and Vincent McCowan. Mikaela is a Junior at Buena High School, where she is a member of the marching band and the track an field team. She is President of the Black Student Union and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Habakkuk club. She volunteers with the Miracle Center with the camera crew, the Usher crew, the Generation Church Rep Team, and at the Oxnard Rescue Mission. After graduation, Mikaela’s plans are to trend Azusa Pacific University and pursue a degree in Psychology. After receiving her Psychology degree, she plans to transfer to City Church’s Generation Intern Program and do Missionary work.
Drea Cheyenne Ruffin, Ventura
She is the daughter of Bridget and Robert Espinoza and a Senior at Buena High School. Drea received the Renaissance Academic Award and is a member of the Buena High School dance team. She attends South Coast Fellowship, where she takes on a leadership role with the youth. Drea is also a volunteer with “City Kids”, which is a side walk SundaySchool outreach program for youth. After graduation from Buena High School, Drea’s plans are to accept a four month leadership internship for “City Kids” in New York, before attending Cal State at Northridge. Her goal is to pursue a degree in Psychology and become a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Zaria Alise Janey McAfee, Camarillo
She is the daughter of Larry and Stanita Burton. She is a Junior at Rio Mesa High School. She is a cheerleader and a manager of the Rio Mesa Track team. Zaria volunteers at the Camarillo Healthcare Center. After graduation, Zaria’s hopes to attend San Diego State University, Ohio State University or the University of Hawaii and pursue a degree Psychology.
Tickets are $70 each and can be purchased from individual members of the Onyx Club. For questions or additional information, contact Julia Dixon at (805) 901-3639 or Robbie Hibbler at (805) 484-6852. You can also visit their website at www.20thcenturyonyxclub.com.