Alpha Kappa Alpha to present 17 debutantes

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Nu Gamma Omega Chapter, will present 17 debutantes Aug. 17 during a Rites of Passage Ceremony at the Lyceum.

The young women will be formally presented to society March 28 at a debutante ball.

The debutantes are Sydné D’Les Barard, daughter of Nicole and Brandon S. Barard; Cara DaLaune Blunt, daughter of Brian and Kimberlee Coleman and Colby Blunt; Jade Alexandra DelValle, daughter of DaMaris Landry; Tamara K. Fluker, daughter of Thomas Fluker III; Tayler Jalise Fort, daughter of Cherita and Richard C. Fort Jr.; Elise Gabrielle Gipson, daughter of Michele Boyle Gipson and Kelvin Gipson; J’Lynzia Malaya Glover, daughter of Debbie and Joseph M. Glover Sr.; Morghan S. Hudson, daughter of Arthur and Nicole Hudson; Kourtney Jackson, daughter of Rebecca Jackson and Nathaniel Selders Jr.; Ty’Keria “Terie” L. Jackson, daughter of Sharonda Jackson and Michael Watson Jr.; Johnna Alise Johnson, daughter of Alethea and Johnny L. Johnson Jr.; Maya Alexis Kleinpeter, daughter of Mia and Milton H. Kleinpeter Jr.; Morgan Brianna Price, daughter of Ricky and Sharon Temple; Biaunka Nichole Robinson, daughter of Trashica R. Robinson; Alexis Nichole Simoneaux, daughter of Shalonda and Mark Simoneaux; Lezli Denise Slaughter, daughter of Dr. Ralph and Denise Slaughter; Tailyn Smith, daughter of Tia and Van Chew and Sherman Brazil.

Sydné D’Les Barard is the granddaughter of Dianne R. Morgan and the late Lloyd A. Morgan, Gregory K. Cola Sr., and the late Beverly B. and Winston Barard Sr. She attends Baton Rouge Magnet High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and volleyball team.

Cara DaLaune Blunt is the granddaughter of Coda and Catherine Tolbert and Thelma Blunt. She attends McKinley High School, where she is a member of the Glee Club and Youth in Government. Cara is a member of Star Hill Baptist Church, where she is a member of Generation Choir. She also is a volunteer for the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter.

Jade Alexandra DelValle is the granddaughter of Edwin DelValle, Carolyn DelValle and Barbara J. Haynes. She attends Dutchtown High School, where she is the school’s mascot and a member of the Boys & Girls Club. Jade also runs her own production studio, DelValle Studios.

Tamara K. Fluker is the granddaughter of Sue Doty and Katie F. Fluker and the late Thomas Fluker Jr. She attends Lee High School, where she is a member of the National Beta Club, Honor Society, the Poetry Society and the Fashion Club. She attends Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she is involved with the church nursery and is a member of the Young Adult Choir and the Culinary Committee. She is also a volunteer for The Star (Sexual Trauma Awareness Group).

Tayler Jalise Fort is the granddaughter of Johnny Harris, Florine Elmore, the late Clara Parker Fort and the late Richard “Clyde” Fort Sr. She attends Baton Rouge Magnet High School, where she is a member of the Talented Theater, You Got Served (community service organization), Thespian Society, Fashion Club, Photography Club and yearbook staff.

Elise Gabrielle Gipson is the granddaughter of the late Elizabeth and John Gipson, Marsha B. Harrison and the late Clifford James Boyle. She attends McKinley High School, where she is a member of the Youth Legislature, Yearbook Club and Fashion Club.

J’Lynzia Malaya Glover is the granddaughter of Margie M. Thomas and the late James R. Thomas and the late Mildred S. Glover and Elmer T. Glover Sr. She attends McKinley High School, where she is a member of Youth and Government and the dance team. J’Lynzia participates in the Emerging Young Leaders program and is an altar server at her church.

Morghan S. Hudson is the granddaughter of Coleta Anderson and Sherman Johnson. She attends Louisiana State University Laboratory School, where she is a member of the Key Club, National Society of High School Scholars and National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Kourtney Jackson is the granddaughter of Mildred Jackson and Solomon Washington and the late Nathaniel and Helen Selders. She attends Northeast High School, where she is a member of the 4H Club, Army ROTC, Science Club, Book Club and T’MAC.

Ty’Keria Jackson is the granddaughter of Michael Watson Sr. and Esther Watson and Glenda Jackson and Deverene Jackson. She attends Zachary High School, where she is in the ZMED and is on the track and field team. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Eta Omega Chapter 2014 Summer Leadership Fellows. She also attends Greater Mount Cannon Baptist Church, where she is a member of the Black History Committee and is a youth usher. She is also a member of the XLR8 Dance Team and a youth volunteer cheer coach.

Johnna Alise Johnson is the granddaughter of Minnesota and Isadore Green and Constance and Johnny L. Johnson Sr. She attends Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, where she is a member of the Stingerettes Dance team, Family Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Key Club, track and field team and powerlifting team. She is also a member of Union Baptist Church, where she is a member of the Youth Choir.

Maya Alexis Kleinpeter is the granddaughter of Audrey Stevens Francois and the late Harvey Stevens and Dr. Eva B. Kleinpeter and Dr. Milton H. Kleinpeter Sr. She attends St. Michael the Archangel High School, where she is a member of the Drama Club and yearbook staff.

Morgan Brianna Price is the granddaughter of Ophelia Washington and the late John Washington and the late Willie Pearl Temple and the late Robert Temple. She attends Woodlawn High School, where she is a member of the Beta Club, Honor Society and Pantherettes Dance Team. She also is in the Baton Rouge General volunteer program.

Biaunka Nichole Robinson is the granddaughter of the late Bernadine Robinson and Andrew and Janice Richards. She attends Jewel M. Sumner High School in Kentwood. She is a member of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church

Alexis Nichole Simoneaux is the granddaughter of Hattie and Jesse Turner and Martha Simoneaux and the late George Simoneaux. She attends Brusly High School. She is a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Rosedale, where she is a member of the youth choir and liturgical dance team. She also studies ballet at Machita Dance Co.

Lezli Denise Slaughter is the granddaughter of Bishop Danny and Dr. Carolyn Hunt and the late Mary M. and A.R. Slaughter. She attends Louisiana State University Laboratory School, where she is a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum, National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, Environmental Club, choir and cheerleader squad.

Tailyn Smith is the granddaughter of Patricia Lamotte, Arlington Smith, Lois and Sherman Brazil, Carolyn Chew and Russell Chew. She attends McKinley High School, where she is a member of Pantherettes dance team. Tailyn is also a member of Debbie Allen Dance Residencies.