BY DARRYL Q. TUCKER
Journal Managing Editor
Faith Mitchell wanted to conclude her high school years with the title and crown of Miss Debutante 2013.
The Notre Dame Academy senior’s vision become reality when her name was called as winner of the 49th annual Debutante Cotillion on Saturday, May 25, at the Stranahan Theater.
“I am so excited,” Faith said. “I feel blessed. I’m happy. I’m elated. I know I wanted to be Miss Debutante.”
Faith said she wants to give credit to all of the people who helped her, including parents, Toledo attorney Richard Mitchell and his wife, Dr. Hope Mitchell, and Wilma D. Brown, who is Cotillion general chairperson.
Cotillion officials announced that Faith received more than $600,000 in scholarships from different schools and organizations.
However, Faith will attend the historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., on its Laureate Scholarship valued at $140,000 over four years. She plans to major in chemistry and public health.
Faith recently won the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans who have volunteered significants time serving their communities. She participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a Notre Dame representative.
First runner-up to Faith was Jayla Satterfield, a senior at Toledo School for the Arts, and second runner-up was BreAnn L. Russell, a senior at St. Ursula Academy.
Cornelius Crawford escorted Faith during the Cotillion.
The judges for the event were: Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks Hudson, Tessa Scott, Miss Debutante 2010 and Patricia McCauley. Desiree McGee was the tallier.
Also, Toledo City Council recognized the winners during its Tuesday, May 28, meeting.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. presents the Cotillion. Its purpose is to present outstanding young women to society clothed with the finest thoughts of living and endowed with a complete sense of responsibility.
Brown recognized the escorts saying they were graceful during rehearsals and dressed eloquently during the ball.
“They truly represent men of African American descent,” she said.
Cotillions officials also announced Cameron McKelvin as Mr. Escort.
Denise Black-Poon is president of the Women’s Clubs. Rhonda Sewell, media relations coordinator for Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was mistress of ceremony.