Ten debutantes dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses were presented to society on November 27, 2021, at Texarkana Country Club. John Crisp, master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Vicki Carr and Andrea Finley played the chosen debut song for each debutante as she and her escort circled the room. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow. Photography was by Martin Patterson, Patterson's Camera Shop.
Brooklynn Elizabeth Bearden is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Bearden of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Treadway of Texarkana, Texas, and Mrs. Ruby Bearden and the late Don Bearden of Texarkana, Arkansas. Miss Bearden is a junior at Baylor University, where she is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. She is a member of the Theta Kappa chapter of Chi Omega fraternity, where she currently serves on the Recruitment Information Team, is the Homecoming breakfast chair, and was selected to perform in Pigskin Revue. She is actively involved with fundraising for Chi Omega's philanthropy -- Make-A-Wish Foundation. Brooklynn is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She has been named to the Academic Dean's Honor List for each semester of her first two completed years of college. She is a teacher at Joy's School of Dance in Waco, Texas. She attends Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco and is an active member of First Baptist Church in Texarkana. She was escorted by her brother, Brock, and presented by her father. She selected the song "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty adapted from a theme by Tchaikovsky. Miss Bearden chose a classic sleek ivory ball gown featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline lined in pleated organza with an organza overlay skirt. Fabric buttons covered the back zipper. The chapel length train fashioned into a French bustle finished the look. It was designed by Justin Alexander Sweetheart collection.
Sarah Grace Boudreaux is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Boudreaux of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hamel of West Monroe, La. and Mrs. Wilma Boudreaux and the late Mr. Tom Boudreaux of Covington, La. Sarah Grace is a junior Biology major at the University of Mississippi and plans to attend Physician Assistant School after graduation. She is a member of First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas. Sarah Grace is a University of Mississippi Provost Scholar, member of Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Professions Honor Society. She is the assistant new member educator and will serve as the Vice President for the Tau Chapter of Chi Omega. Sarah Grace volunteers for Make-A-Wish, Chi Omega's national philanthropy, as well as Hearts for Homeless, an organization that educates impoverished communities on health-related issues. She is also a member of the American Medical Woman's Association, which serves the medical needs of women in the Oxford, Mississippi, area. Sarah Grace danced 16 years with Gayle Burrow's All Stars Dance Center and continues to share her love of teaching dance at Oxford Academy of Dance Arts in Oxford, Mississippi. She selected "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles for her presentation song, to which her sisters Mary Claire and Anna Catherine also debuted. Sarah Grace was presented by her father and escorted by her lifelong friend, Nicholas Graves, son of Dr. and Mrs. Blane Graves of Texarkana, Texas. Sarah Grace selected a Jenny by Jenny Yoo "Cordelia" gown. The luxe taffeta off the shoulder gown featured a timeless fit and flare style. Dainty, covered buttons cascaded down the back and continued down the length of the train.
Lauren Taylor Hughes is the daughter of Mr. Kevin Hughes and Mrs. Dodie Martin of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Davis of Ashdown, Arkansas, and Mr. and Mrs. David Hughes of Texarkana, Texas. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Texarkana. Lauren is a Junior at the University of Central Arkansas where she is majoring in pre-dental hygiene. She is a member of the Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority where she is involved in the chapter's philanthropy: Women's Wellness Initiative. She volunteers locally at Haven House, an adolescent women's shelter, in Conway, Arkansas. She chose "More Than a Woman" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by Quinn Addington, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Addington of Texarkana, Texas. Lauren chose a unique one shoulder design by Sherri Hill, with feminine ruffle details and princess seams on the bodice. The beautiful satin fabric and modest A-line skirt made the perfect combination for her debut.
Gabriel Grace McGuire is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey McGuire of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Daines of Texarkana and Dr. and Mrs. Jim McGuire of Mesa, Arizona. Grace attends the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she is a junior enrolled in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing with plans to attend Nurse Practitioner school. She has earned a position on the University of Arkansas's Chancellors List every semester and is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a member of the National Student Nursing Association where she mentors incoming nursing students. Grace is a member of the Psi Chapter of the Chi Omega sorority, where she is involved with Chi Omega recruitment, Sisterhood Support and their national philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a member of Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana and attends Crosspoint Church in Fayetteville. Miss McGuire chose "Fly Me To the Moon" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother, Jacob Daines McGuire. Grace selected an elegant gown by Justin Alexander. The Faille gown was designed with a cuffed strapless neckline and featured covered buttons at the back and down the length of the train.
Sarah Jane Paddock is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Young and Mr. Brady Paddock. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Daines of Texarkana, Texas, Ms. Shuggie Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, the late Dr. William Rowan Patterson Jr., and the late Mr. Ben L. Paddock. She attends the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she is a junior enrolled as an honor student in the College of Education and Health Professions and majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has earned a position on the Chancellor's List each semester for achieving a 4.0 grade point average. Sarah Jane is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the UA Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. During her sophomore year, Sarah Jane served as an intern at All Aboard Pediatric Therapy in Rogers, Arkansas. She has been recognized by the Fayetteville Center for Community Engagement for the number of volunteer hours served.
Sarah Jane is a member of the Psi Chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority and is involved in both volunteering and fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the sorority's national philanthropy. Sarah Jane served as an Assistant Rush Chairman this past year and is currently a Sisterhood Support Leader. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas. Sarah Jane chose "Cinderella," composed by Steven Curtis Chapman, as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by her cousin, John Daniel Patterson. She selected a Madison James elegant gown featuring spaghetti straps, a V neckline, and vertical seams. The back was detailed with a cut out and long sash bow. It also featured a row of covered buttons that trailed the entire back length of the dress.
Sarah Margaret Rogers is the daughter of Michael and Susan Rogers of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rogers and the late Betsy Rogers, all of Texarkana, Texas. Sarah graduated Cum Laude from Arkansas State University in May with a Bachelor of Science. She is an alumna of the Chi Omega Sorority, the Omicron Zeta chapter. Through her sorority, she was actively involved in its philanthropy -- Make-A-Wish Foundation and participated in 5Ks and Bake-A-Wish events. She was also a participant of Cream of the Crop Sorority Row event where Chi Omega took first place. Sarah is currently attending University Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in the Dental Hygiene school. She is a member of the Arkansas Dental Hygiene Association. Sarah is a life-long member of First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas. Sarah was presented by her father and escorted by her cousin, Thomas Bruce, the son of Robert and Cynthia Bruce of Dallas, Texas. She selected "In the Hands of Time" by Michael LeGrand for her presentation song, to which her sisters, Riley and Sidney, and her mother also debuted. Sarah debuted in a stunning, custom-designed ball gown from the private collection of Justin Alexander. The strapless neckline and inverted box pleating were accentuated by the rich butter satin fabric of her gown. A full A-line skirt and fabric buttons cascading the length of the gown added the perfect finishing touches.
Julie Elizabeth Sherman is the daughter of Ms. Lauren Clem-Sherman of Oklahoma City and Mr. Kane Sherman of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Thomas E. Clem and Rebecca J. Clem of Texarkana, Texas, and Ms. Tommie Sue Lynch of Wake Village, Texas, and the late Pete Sherman of New Boston, Texas. She is a Junior at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she is a pre-med major and member of the Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Gamma. She volunteers with Service for Sight, Burls Kids, Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter and Special Olympics. She is a member of Crossings Christian Church in Oklahoma City and Life Church in Texarkana, Texas. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother Grant Sherman, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She chose for her presentation song "Time of Your Life" by Green Day. She selected a strapless silk gown with sweetheart neckline featuring a dramatic pointed bust line and center front plunge, graced with subtle pleating for a contouring effect--while the wide waistband drew in the figure for a classic feminine allure. The ballgown skirt formed a slight box pleat detail for dimension, as the back of the gown billowed out into a lush train for a posh, decadent finish. Worn bustled for her debut, her gown was designed by Martina Liana of Australia.
Hartley Anne Spaulding is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Spaulding of Texarkana, Arkansas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. David Spaulding, the late Mrs. Betty Spaulding, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gene Harrell. She is a Junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, majoring in Agriculture Business in the Dale Bumpers College. She is a member of the Epsilon chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, where she served on the slate committee and the special operations recruitment committee. She is an active member of the Agriculture Business Club and interns with the Texas High School Agriculture department, where she mentors students in Agriculture-related jobs and opportunities after graduation. She is a member of Cross View Baptist Church in Red Lick, Texas, and attends Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This summer, she plans to explore her opportunities and widen her knowledge of sales. She was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Walker Noel Davis, the son of Mr. Skipper Davis and Ms. Leigh Davis. Miss Spaulding has chosen a Sincerity ball gown by Justin Alexander. The satin bodice was unique with a modern cuff neckline and flattering seam details. Her gown featured a bias belt at the waist and a stunning full organza skirt.
Hailey Kate Whitten is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Whitten of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Leigh of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rogers of Pharr, Texas. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Texarkana. Hailey is a junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she is majoring in Communication with a minor in Marketing. She is a member of the Arkansas Alpha Chapter of the Pi Beta Phi sorority where she is involved in the chapter's philanthropy: Read, Lead and Achieve. She volunteers with various programs including Champions are Readers, Night to Shine Prom for special needs children, Miracle League, and Washington Elementary school. She chose "Wide Open Spaces" as her presentation song. She was presented by her father and escorted by Marshall Oubre, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Oubre of Texarkana, Texas. She chose a simple and elegant duchess satin A-line gown designed by Morilee. The bodice was accentuated with an elegant V-neckline. The back of her gown dipped into a low square that met classic covered buttons. An ornate beaded and rhinestone belt gave an elegant finish to Hailey's gown.
Catherine Elizabeth Wright is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Wright and Juli Wright of Texarkana, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Jo Catherine Rice of Texarkana, Texas and Dr. and Mrs. Nathan and Betty Wright of Texarkana, Texas. She completed her freshman and sophomore year of college at Kilgore Jr. College in Kilgore, Texas. While attending Kilgore Junior College, she was a member of the 80th line of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. During her time as a Kilgore Rangerette, she performed at both the 2019 and 2020 Cotton Bowl Halftimes, the 2021 Presidential Inauguration parade, in the Virginia International Tattoo Festival in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Birmingham International Tattoo Festival held in London, England. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Fine Arts with honors and on the dean's list from Kilgore Jr. College in the Spring of 2021. She is now completing her bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business Marketing at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is currently a member of the Fashion Merchandising Association at Texas State as well as a dance instructor at First Class Dance Center. She will graduate from Texas State in the spring of 2023. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother, Parker Wright of Texarkana, Texas. For her presentation song, she selected "As Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld. She selected a simple yet elegant Morilee ball gown. Her gown featured a bateau neckline with a stunning jewel beaded belt, offset by equally stunning straps. The Larissa satin fabric and a modest low back completed the A-line silhouette of her gown, worn bustled for her debut.