Being a Debutante is a great honor, second only to being on the Queen’s Court at Broughton’s Queen of Hearts. The Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh recently announced participants in the 91st annual Debutante Ball. The Club, comprised mostly of my ITBFFs from Raleigh, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young women and to honor their families. For the outsiders reading this, let me explain. The Deb Ball is sort of like The Hunger Games, where representatives from each district gather together in the Capitol, but with less human sacrifice (although there was that time one of my roommates got shot with a pellet gun the night before the Deb Ball and we were up until 5:00 am with him in the emergency room). The Ball has been held every year since 1923, with the exception of the World War II years (thanks a lot, Hitler).
We’re just a few days away from the festivities, so it’s time to take a look at the Deb Class of 2017.
29 Debs have double names. Unfortunately, the elusive triple named Deb did not emerge this year.
A lot of thought and deliberation went in to selecting the 2017 class.
Without further ado, here are the 2017 Debutantes. Raleigh is listed first because it’s the best. The name of the debutante is listed first, followed by the name of the parents.
Catherine Gayle Bernhardt (Catherine) – Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall Bernhardt
Mary Powell White Boney (Mary Powell) — Mr. and Mrs. Martin McConnico Boney
Callee Elise Boykin (Callee) — Mr. and Mrs. Duke Graham Boykin, Jr.
Anna Elizabeth Bunn (Elizabeth) — Mr. William Henry Bunn IV Ms. Margaret Holt Bunn
Emerson Harmon Burkhardt (Emerson) — Mr. and Mrs. David Christian Burkhardt
Wynn Alexandra Burrus (Wynn) — Mr. and Mrs. Erik Sikes Burrus
MaryClaire Katherine Caldwell (MaryClaire) — Mr. and Mrs. Edmond William Caldwell, Jr.
Elizabeth Byrum Camak (Liza) — Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Neal Camak
Anna Teague Capel (Anna) — Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Blair Capel
Magen Taylor Colgan (Magen) — Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Colgan
Anna Elizabeth Collawn (Anna) — Dr. and Mrs. James Belknap Collawn
Sandra Shawen Conway (Shawen) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blackwell Conway, Jr.
Olivia Cross Cummings (Olivia) — Mrs. and Mrs. William Kent Cummings
Grace Landon Dorsett (Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. James Kye Dorsett III
Rachel Avery Edwards (Rachel) — Mr. and Mrs. Val Joyner Edwards, Jr.
Vaden Elizabeth Ellwanger (Vaden) — Ms. Anna Dunn Fonville Mr. Mark Bernard Ellwanger
Mary Ellis Fanney (Mary Ellis) — Mr. John Kiah Fanney Ms. Marianna Wynn Bass
Dixie Marie Finley (Dixie) — Mr. and Mrs. Albert Earle Finley III
Caroline Whitehurst Fountain (Caroline) — Mr. and Mrs. David Burton Fountain
Logan Elyse Francis (Logan) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theophilus Geoffrey Francis
Catherine Charlotte George (Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. William Craig George
Ella Donnell Gilliam (Ella) — Mr. Frank Donnell Gilliam Mrs. Joseph Thomas Ward, Jr.
Elizabeth Darden Grubb (Darden) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon Grubb
Ryan Elizabeth Haar (Ryan) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Venable Haar, Jr.
Georgia Craven Harris (Georgia) — Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Worth Harris III
Katherine Ann Hawkins (Kate) — Mr. and Mrs. David Dwight Hawkins II
Mary Branch Henderson (Branch) — Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Downing Henderson
Lily Rutherford Highsmith (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson Highsmith
Della Hobson Huffines (Della) — Mr. Dewey Hart Huffines Mrs. Della Williams Huffines
Alison Merritt Hughes (Alison) — Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marion Hughes
Mary Eleanor Hunter (Mary Ellen) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vernon Hunter
Julia Frances Hurst (Julia) — Mr. Frank Michael Hurst Mrs. Marcia Hurst-Jellema
Mary Corinne Forehand Jackson (Mary Rinne) — Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Jackson
Charlotte Healy Jones (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Healy Jones
Hannah Elizabeth Jones (Hannah) — Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Jones, Jr.
Mary Louise Kehaya (Mary Louise) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Whitaker Kehaya
Daisy Shields King (Daisy) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Charles King
Sarah Grace Lasso (Sarah Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. Scott James Lasso
Emilie Walton Lewis (Emilie) — Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Gratwick Lewis
Madeline Bonneau McElveen (Mads) — Dr. and Mrs. John Thomas McElveen, Jr.
Sarah Campbell Mitchell (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher Mitchell
Margaret McKinley Payne (Maggie) — Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley Payne III
Caroline Claire Poole (Caroline) — Mr. and Mrs. William Kenan Poole
Kathryn Bowen Powers (Katy) — Mr. and Mrs. Frank Poydras Powers, Jr.
Baye Bryan Reddy (Baye) — Mr. Joseph Bryan Reddy Mrs. Julie Wall Sparr
Lily Gray Revels (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley Revels
Madeline Grace Rieker (Madeline) — Dr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Rieker, Jr.
Lucy Baldwin Russell (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Edward Vann Russell
Amelia Nicole Rustin (Amelia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Lockwood Rustin
Sarah Elisabeth Sanchez (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Joseph Sanchez
Maribelle Lea Scoggin (Maribelle) — Mr. William Gwin Scoggin Mrs. Gail Coates Scoggin
Lucy Carter Smith (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. William Carr Smith, Jr.
Mary Kendall Stephenson (Kendall) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Stephenson
Elizabeth Louisa Taylor (Eliza) — Mr. and Mrs. Adam Lockhart Taylor
Katherine Connell Tehan (Katherine) — Mr. Glenn Keith Tehan Mrs. Holly Connell Tehan
Sara Scott Thompson (Sara Scott) — Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott Thompson
Elizabeth LaRue Tollison (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Tollison
Britt Olivia Warner (Britt) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Warner
Harriet Rhett Warner (Hattie) — Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Alan Warner
Kathryn Langill Watson (Katie) — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur David Watson
Ella Margaret Webster (Ella) — Mr. James Aldean Webster III and Mrs. Mary Ann Parrott
Schuyler McFall Weisel (Schuyler) — Mr. Michael Lloyd Weisel Dr. Deborah Lamm Weisel
Caroline Claire Wells (Caroline) — Mr. William Allen Wells Mrs. Joanna Winecoff Holt
Mary Glenn West (Mary Glenn) — Mr. and Mrs. Myron Craig West
Emma Suzanne Willard (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lacy Willard
Hallie Royster Williams (Hallie) — Mr. James Hofler Williams Mrs. Juliana Pattisall-Williams
Margaret Reed Williams (Molly) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coleman Williams
Allie Elizabeth Wilson (Allie) — Dr. and Mrs. Jon Jay Wilson
Clare Kathryn Zaytoun (Clare) — Dr. and Mrs. Henry Stanley Zaytoun, Jr.
Mattison White Zinner (Mattison) — Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Tod Zinner
Hannah Leigh Schmitt (Hannah) — Mr. and Mrs. David James Schmitt
Margaret Katharine Redding (Maggie) — Dr. and Mrs. John Fulton Redding II
Caroline Kirk Jordan (Caroline) — Dr. and Mrs. Henry Watson Jordan II
Ruth Barnett Brady (Ruthie) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Douglas Brady
Emma Chapman McQueen (Emma) — Doctors Chapman Teague McQueen and Shannon Dudley McQueen
Julia Anne Elizabeth Bullard (Julia Anne) — Mr. and Mrs. Bern Fraust Bullard III
Marjorie Coddington White (Marjorie) — Mr. and Mrs. David Grier White, Sr.
Lyndsay McBrayer Cooper (Lyndsay) — Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Cooper, Jr.
Mary Alexandria Edmiston (Mary Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. George Harrell Edmiston, Jr.
Sydney Elizabeth Farris (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Ray Simpson Farris III
Elizabeth Mason Sheridan (Mason) — Mr. Robert Howard Sheridan III and the late Mrs. Robert Howard Sheridan III
Catherine Ellis Shircliff (Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Shircliff
Anne Garland Ullrich (Annie) — Mr. and Mrs. George Christian Ullrich II
Erin Carey Werthmuller (Erin) — Dr. and Mrs. William Carey Werthmuller
Katherine Taylor Riley (Katherine) — Mr. and Mrs. William Brian Riley
Vanna Lucille Prestage (Vanna) — Mr. and Mrs. John Leon Prestage
Sara Wilder Bryant (Sara Wilder) — Mr. and Mrs. David Wesley Bryant
Morgan Elizabeth Goff (Morgan) — Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Jerry Christopher Goff
Allie Dalrymple Snipes (Allie) — Mr. and Mrs. John Dalrymple Snipes
Sarah Preston Rollins (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. Steed Rollins, Jr.
Lillian Frances Winborne (Lil) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faison Smith Winborne
Sarah Perryman Winborne (Perry) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faison Smith Winborne
Lauren Elizabeth Luther (Lauren) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willard Luther III
Margaret Leah Small (Maggie) — Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Reed Small
Charlotte Barker Broadwell (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. Dohn Bedell Broadwell, Jr.
Emma Kelley McCauley (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. John William McCauley
Jane Huske Schaefer (Jane) — Dr. and Mrs. William Dickson Schaefer
Natalie Montgomery Jordan (Natalie) — Dr. and Mrs. Richard Montgomery Jordan
Katherine Scott Pierce (Scotty) Mr. David Scot Pierce Mrs. Christine Currence Pierce
Margaret Newman Pope (Margaux) — Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Judson Pope III
Noelle Ann Cornelius (Noelle) — Mr. Perry Wayne Cornelius and Dr. Polly Butler Cornelius
Mary McAfee Cowan (Mary Mac) — The Reverend and Mrs. Daniel Newton Farnell Cowan
Olivia Reid Johnson (Liv) — Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Rogers Johnson III
Josephine Allen Myers (Josie) — Mr. and Mrs. James Micheal Cowhig
Martha Campbell Bennett (Martha) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen Bennett, Jr.
Sarah Hampton Stephenson (Sarah) — Dr. and Mrs. Hale Hampton Stephenson
Maggie Elizabeth White (Maggie) — Mr. Julian Jordan White III Mrs. Rom Watson Jenkins
Lily Chappell O’Hair (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. Dana Cameron O’Hair
Grace Beaver Simmons (Grace) — Mr. Robert Underdown Simmons Mrs. Angela Beaver Simmons
Mary Katherine Sowers (Mary Katherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael William Sowers
Emma Frances DeMent (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. Russell Weldon DeMent III Mrs. Jennifer Strunk Baccus
Samantha Holmes Barnhardt (Sam) — Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Lucas Barnhardt
Elliott Parker Klass (Ellie) — The Honorable and Mrs. Mark Elliott Klass
Sydney Elizabeth Parker (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Todd Parker
Emerson Jane Williams (Emerson) — Mr. and Mrs. Alan Richard Williams
Virginia Maye Neal (Ginnie) — Mr. and Mrs. William Kreisler Neal, Jr.
Jennifer Alexandra White (Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. Brian William White
Alice Cox Pittman Horton (Alice Cox) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Horton, Jr.
Sloane Irwin Pfaff (Sloane) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Andrew Pfaff, Jr.
Laurel Frances Boone (Laurel) — Mr. James Wood Boone, Jr. Mrs. Bonnie Britt Boone
Mackenzie Rose Lambert (Mackenzie) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Lambert
Anna Louise Flanagan (Anna Louise) — Mr. Michael Perkins Flanagan and the Honorable Louise Wood Flanagan
Lydia Jane Seifert (Lydia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Webster
Sarah Ashcraft Seifert (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Webster
Mary Allison Barnes (Allison) — Mr. Luther Matthew Barnes IV Mrs. Tiffany Mewborn Barnes
Catherine Courtney Bondy (Courtney) — Dr. and Mrs. Paul Villeré Bondy
Caroline Elizabeth Carrier (Caroline) — Ms. Catherine Elizabeth Liipfert
Elizabeth Corbett Gay (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. Mack Lee Gay III
Bishop Marie Godwin (Bishop) — Mrs. Lisa Bulliner Godwin and the late Mr. James Tolbert Godwin
Anne Grant Larimer (Annie) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Larimer
Belle Whitaker Rose (Belle) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Rose
Lucy Cooper Rose (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jephthah Rose
Lindsey Anne Ross (Lindsey) — Mr. Douglas Hargrove Ross Mrs. John Girardeau Gardner, Jr.
Anne-Hunter Bailey Stone (Anne-Hunter) — Mr. Bryan Hunter Stone Mrs. Cindy Bailey Stone
Olivia Katherine Turnage (Olivia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Aaron Turnage
Mary McCaskill Holler (Mary Mac) — Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kemp Holler
Grace Ruthanna Steinman (Grace) — Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Charles Steinman
Mimi Scott Webb (Mimi) — Dr. and Mrs. William Whitaker Webb III
Colbie Normann Stephens (Colbie Normann) — Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Gerald Stephens
Mary McCall Leland (Mary McCall) — Dr. and Mrs. William Joseph Leland and the late Lisa Sykes Leland
Julianne Scott Mayo (Julianne) — Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Washington Mayo IV
Emma Grace Sprinkle (Emma Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Noble Sprinkle
Kelly Ann King (Kelly Ann) — Mr. and Mrs. David Wall King, Jr.
Charlotte Winston Welsh (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. David Bradford Welsh
Kylee Anna Rodman Clancy (Kylee) — Mr. Kevin Clayton Clancy Mrs. Michelle Bergeron Clancy
Svetlana Lee Douglas (Laney) — Mr. Scott Orander Douglas Mrs. Ann Davis Douglas
Madison Virginia Gerard (Madison) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bennett Gerard IV
Alexandria George Nolley (Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. William Edwards Nolley, Jr.
Anna Grayce Chesson (Anna) — Mr. and Mrs. Alphes Rupert Chesson, Jr.
Mary Taylor Peele (Mary Taylor) — Mr. and Mrs. William Oscar Peele III
Eugenia Baron Jenkins (Eugenia) — Mr. and Mrs. Pembroke Nash Jenkins
Lela Elizabeth King (Lela) — Mr. and Mrs. David Roscoe King
Mary Leighton Mannen (Mary Leighton) — Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Allen Mannen, Jr.
Rebecca Lynn Worsley (Rebecca) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cecil Worsley III
Emma Katherine Wright (Emma) — Mrs. Sara Scott Ford
Elizabeth Crawford Zimmerman (Libba) — Mr. and Mrs. Herman Webster Zimmerman III
Mary Catherine Boyette (Mary Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Brent Ashley Boyette
Susan Lindeman Edgar (Lindeman) — Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bridgeford Edgar
Julia Frances Horton Fulford (Julia Frances) — Mr. Edward Arpe Fulford Mrs. Christy Williamson Graham
Nell St. Clair Morrison (St. Clair) — Mr. and Mrs. Brame Perry Morrison, Jr.
Marie Page Barnes Smith (Marie Page) — Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Frederick Smith
Sydney Abbott Williams (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Lloyde Kent Williams
Taylor Randall Wilson (Taylor) — Mr. Randall Boyd Wilson Mrs. Catherine Everett Wilson
Virginia Collier Caudill (Virginia) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Collier Caudill
Isabel Leslie Hanson (Isabel) — Mr. and Mrs. William Rockefeller Hanson
Georgiana Dillon Hough (Georgiana) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Royce Hough
Nancy Elizabeth Irvin (Lizzie) — Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lasater Irvin, Jr.
Ellie Amalie Kangur (Ellie) — Mr. and Mrs. Tonu Thomas Kangur, Jr.
Sarah Katherine Mann (Katie) — Mr. and Mrs. John Randolph Mann
Mary Dudley Newman (Mary Dudley) — Mr. and Mrs. Ancrum Boykin Newman
Elizabeth Edna Stockton (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. James Hill Stockton
Jane Woodard Hawthorne (Jane) — Mr. and Mrs. Henry Claiborne Hawthorne III