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47th Annual Xinos Scholarship Ball

The Xinos recently presented their 47th Annual Scholarship Ball at the Avalon Manor. This youth guidance group is comprised of young ladies from various high schools and sponsored by The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.– Beta Mu Chapter of Gary. The ball is a culminating activity of the sorority’s efforts in 2016 to promote grace, charm and commitment in young ladies and to familiarize youth with the appropriate attire for various occasions. Nineteen young ladies and their escorts were presented to the community.

This year’s elegant ball theme was “You’re So Beautiful.” The talented Ms. Sharise Belle, former Xinos, choreographed the most graceful and entertaining dance routines. The Xinos and their escorts performed each dance with precision and poise. The most gladdening dance of the evening was the fathers and Xinos dancing to the tune of “’Dance with my Father.” All of the routines captivated the audience and were very well executed.

CROWNED JUST MOMENTS earlier are the 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up and honorable mention at the 47th Annual Xinos Scholarship Ball. Pictured with their awards from left to right: Ms. Xinos 2016, Razariah Combs; 1st Runner Up Alexis Wood; 2nd Runner Up, Madison Wilson and Honorable Mention, Zharia Dodson.

One senior was acknowledged for her achievements throughout high school. The senior was Jazmyne Magee of Merrillville High School. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers in her school colors.

In addition to the captivating dance performance, Mike Carson and the Wirt/Emerson Jazz Band entertained the audience with several musical selections.

The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Ms. Xinos, Razariah Combs of Merrillville High School. She was crowned by Ms. Xinos 2015, Jae’lynn Johnson. The 1st runner- up was Alexis Woods, Calumet High School; 2nd runner-up, Madison Wilson, Munster High School; and honorable mention, Zharia Dodson, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy. They received 10 percent of the money raised from the event, a banner and trophy.

The Xinos’ escorts were: Paul Lopez, Daryn Shine, Raisuli Muhammed, Eric Kendrick, Derrick Tarver, Malik Bradley, Ronier Dupree, Jordan Adams, Karlen Coker, Aviante Jawan Douglas, Myles Lewis, Darion Johnson, Jaylen Matthews, Dominique Watts, Terry Sabbath, Jacob Tottle, Roy Wood, Moses Jones and Steven Burrell.


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