The Debutante's, their families, and society are enjoying the Season that commenced in May and will end at the formal presentation of the Debutantes at the Clearwater Debutante Courtier Ball in December. The Debutante season is a special time in young woman's life in which she reaffirms her ties with family and friends. It is a personal time for growth and exploring the social, cultural and professional aspects of the community. The fourteen Debutantes and fine and well-accomplished young women.
Pictured at Debutante Day are:
Samantha Elizabeth Ann Cochran is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Leon Cochran (Janet) of Tapron Springs, and is a junior attending the University of Central Florida majoring in Interpersonal Communication and minoring in Political Science. Miss Cochran is a member of the Delta Delta Delta and is involved with several on campus political organizations including Knight's for Change. Samantha has volunteered for the Leepa- Rattner Museum of Art, and has interned Jim Yacavone, Tarpon Springs' city attorney.
Leah Kendall Gibson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gibson (Tana) of Clearwater, and is a junior at Southern Methodist University, majoring in Film, Media and Television and minoring in Art History. Miss Gibson interned at Kenneth Cole in New York City; is a Kappa Alpha Theta; and raises funds for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. Leah has volunteered at UPARC and the Clearwater Free Clinic and enjoys snow skiing and watersports.
Caitlyn Marie Hanlon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eaton Hanlon (Cynthia) of Charlton, Massachusetts and Belleair, and is a Junior at Endicott College majoring in sports management and minoring in sports marketing and events. Miss Hanlon is an Endicott Presidential Ambassador; a member of the Varsity Golf Club; has completed a three-week Outward Bound experience in Colorado; has volunteered for the Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament; and will be attending the College for International Studies in Madrid, Spain for the month of January. Caitlyn has interned at the Outback Pro-Am and the St. Pete Times Forum, she enjoys traveling and golfing.
Alexandra Anastasia Heller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Heller (Cynthia) of Palm Harbor, and is a Junior at Elon University, majoring in Leisure and Sports Management and Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration. Miss Heller serves on Elon's student government; is president of the Club Sports Council; Vice President of Club Swimming; and has volunteered in Honduras doing a social entrepreneurship with Pronino and Hope for Honduran Children teaching English and social skills. At Elon, Alexandra is on the club rugby and swim teams; she enjoys working with children; and her hobbies include ceramics, needlepoint and scrap booking.
Annah-Lauren Hooten is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Frederick Hooten (Diane) of Largo, and is a sophomore at The University of Tampa, majoring in Pre-Law and minoring in Criminology. Miss Hooten volunteers at the Children's Cancer Center; has done mission work in El Salvador, Costa Rica and the European Union; and is a Delta Zeta. Annah-Lauren enjoys scrapbooking and doing mission work for the Lord.
Charlotte Irene Karaphillis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theophilus John Karaphillis (Shawn) of Belleair, and is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in business marketing and minoring in communications. Miss Karaphillis is a member of Delta Delta Delta and volunteers at: Hospice; Religious Community Services Food Bank; and The Special Olymipcs. Charlotte interned in the Public Relations Department of Florida State University's radio station.
Cathryn Kwynn Kirkhuff is the daughter of Mr. James L. Kirkhuff of Colleyville, Texas and Mrs. Harriett Stephens Kirkhuff of Belleair, and is a Junior at Southern Methodist University, majoring inJournalism and minoring in Art History. Miss Kirkhuff is a Young LifeLeader working with mentally and physically disabled children; hastwice performed mission work in Africa; and serves as the Director ofUniversity Relations for Panhellenic as a Kappa Kappa Gamma. At Southern Methodist University Kwynn: is a merit scholar; has beentaught by George W. Bush; is one of the Mustang Eleven, elevenstudents selected to help with school spirit and fundraising; and has also produced, directed, and anchored Southern Methodist University's Daily Update Newshour.
Chelsea Marie Licht is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Otto Licht (Brenda) of Largo, and is a junior at the University of Florida, majoring in microbiology and cell science. Miss Licht is a National Collegiate Scholar; has been awarded Dean's List; and serves as the Philanthropy Chair and Recruitment Assistant of Alpha Chi Omega. At The University of Florida: Chelsea has volunteered at Shands Hositpial in the Periodontal clinic and in the Pharmacy; is in the Pre-Dental Society; Peaceful Paths; and has participated in the Dance Marathon, raising funds for charity.
Allegra Linnea Paolillo is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Louis Michael Paolillo (Linnea) of Largo, and is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in Health Science. Miss Paolillo is the Philanthropy Chair of Kappa Delta; mentors elementary at risk students through the CHAMPS mentoring program; and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre health honor society. Allegra volunteers with the March of Dimes; traveled to Italy for her 18th birthday to see the homes in which her grandparents were born and raised; danced in the University of Florida's Dance Marathon for 26.2 hours helping to raise $400,000, for Children's Miracle Network; and plays inter-mural soccer, flag football, and volleyball.
Taylor Marie Sabella is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Edward Sabella (Pamela) of Clearwater, and is a Sophomore at The University of Tampa, majoring in psychology. Miss Sabella was awarded Hospice Volunteer of the Year; volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters; enjoys sport fishing; and serves on the Executive Board of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau.
Danielle Beth Schwartz is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Stephen Schwartz (Maribeth) of Largo, and is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in Exercise Science. Miss Schwartz plans on attending graduate school for Physical Therapy or Physician's Assistant, and is currently a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society. Danielle plays intramural sports including soccer and flag football, and enjoys playing tennis, exercising, and participating in watersports. Danielle has volunteered for eight years at the Haven House in Clearwater and is now an active member of CHICS community service club at Florida State University.
Margo Louise Sultenfess is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Sultenfuss (Sherry) of Largo, and is a sophomore at Washington University in St Louis majoring in Biology and Business. Miss Sultenfuss co-founded, with her sister, an organization for students to raise money for the Religious Community Services Food Bank. Margo is a Delta Gamma, loves to travel, plays club volleyball, and is in the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program at Washington University in St Louis.
Amanda Claire Tucker is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald G. Tucker (Sarah) of Seminole, and is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Spanish for the Professions. Miss Tucker is a member of the Carolina Leadership Academy; is a Dean's List and Honor Roll scholar; and as a member of the UNC Tar Heel Women's Soccer team has won the 2007 and 2008 ACC Championships and the 2008 NCAA Division I National Championship. Amanda volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill and for Carolina Dreams, a program serving handicapped and under privileged children; has fund raised for the North Carolina Children's Hospital; and enjoys snow sports and skydiving.
Sarah Ann Wilkerson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Leo Wilkerson (Mary) of Indian Rocks Beach, and is a sophomore at Cornell University, majoring in Hotel Administration and minoring in Marketing. Miss Wilkerson is a photographer for the Cornell Sun Paper; studied abroad in London, England her freshman year; and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa. Sarah has volunteered several hundred hours at the Religious Community Services, and enjoys running, watersports and travel.
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