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Miss Cotillion 2016 Announced
5/24/2016 4:24:41 PM

Arion Laws, 'Miss Cotillion 2016'
The North Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held its 2016 Cotillion on April 24, 2016 at the Citadel Holliday Alumni Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for the Cotillion was "Shimmering Shades of Beauty".

Arion Laws, a senior at Fort Dorchester High School, was crowned 'Miss Cotillion 2016’. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Antwan Laws. Arion is also the reigning Homecoming Queen of her school. She maintains a 4.75 grade point average while completing a rigorous International Baccalaureate Curriculum. She is a member of St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Charleston.

Arion represented her school as a Student Liaison and a Palmetto Girls State Delegate. She is a member of the National Latin Honor Society, Mentors/Tutors for the Saving Joshua Foundation, president of the National Beta Club and vice-president of the National Honor Society.

First runner up was Richae Haynes, a senior at Baptist Hill High School and the daughter of Richard and Diresert Haynes.

Second runner up was Erica Bishop, a senior at Stratford High School and the daughter of Jeffery J. and Kendra S. Bishop.

The Cotillion experience is designed to be a rite of passage and presentation to society for the young women. The sorority assisted the participants in becoming emotionally strong, socially smart and spiritually connected. Activities emphasizing these characteristics were implemented in an effort to ensure that each young lady experienced personal growth and received preparation to be a leader in service to the African-American Community and beyond.

The other Cotillion participants were: Ayzha Huff, Téa Perry, NaDasia Campbell, London Mack, Kayla Gardner, Tiashia Grant, Janelle Green, Brandi Smalls, Brianna Stanley, Giavonni White and Tyra Wigfall.

Dr. Vanessa A. Smallsbryant, a member of the North Charleston Alumnae Chapter was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Octavia Mitchell-Hilton of NBC News 2 was the Commentator. Music for the evening was provided by Devon Gary.

Bridgette Heyward served as Chairperson; Vera P. Campbell and Nancy LaRoche served as Co-Chairpersons. Mildred G. Hudson is the President of the chapter.

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