by Sarah Williams
Nearly everyone has heard of a Cotillion, at which debutantes are introduced to society. Asheville’s Gamma Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., offers a creative twist to that tradition: the Beautillion, at which young men are introduced as future leaders and citizens. AKA’s Beautillion 2012 was held recently at Asheville Community Theater under the theme of “Creating Leaders for the Future.”
These young men, or “beaux,” are between 13 and 18 years old and are students in eighth through twelfth grade who have exhibited good citizenship, positive thinking, and leadership. The sorority’s objective is to help the young men to achieve their highest potential and, often, to rise above the circumstances surrounding them. To reach that goal, the AKA sisterhood offers workshops that serve as a basis for cultural, educational, and social growth and development.
Crowned Mr. Beautillion 2012 was Mr. Michael Anthony Eubanks, Jr., a junior at A. C. Reynolds High School and son of Mr. Michael Anthony Eubanks, Sr. and Ms. Kishia McAfee. He was accompanied by Miss Taylor Foy, daughter of Ms. Benita Chambers and a sophomore at A. C. Reynolds.
Honored as First Runner-up was Mr. Noah Suber, son of Mr. Dean Roberts and Ms. Qundra Suber, and a senior at T. C. Roberson High School. He was accompanied by Miss Yakira Featherstone, a T. C. Roberson junior and the daughter of Mr. Robert Mills and Ms. La Tonya Featherstone.
Named Second Runner-up was Mr. Nian Watson Avery II, son of Mr. Nian W. Avery, Sr. and Ms. Lou Dawn Avery. Nian is in the eighth grade at Asheville Middle School. He was accompanied by Miss Kayla Adell, daughter of Mr. Robbie and Mrs. Melody Adell and an eighth-grade student at Cane Creek Middle School.
The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. enthusiastically thanked the many students and parents who supported them in organizing and presenting the successful Beautillion 2012.