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49th Annual

Debutante Cotillion

The Ebony Suburbanites

Presents the

49th Annual

Silhouettes of Loveliness

Sunday, June 5 2022
Bridgewater Marriott
700 Commons Way
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807


President’s Message

I am blessed to be a member of the Ebony Suburbanites, a first class
organization that recognizes young Black ladies for their
commitment to academic excellence and community service. Thank
you, debutantes, for your commitment to the 49th Annual
Silhouettes of Loveliness Debutante Cotillion. Being a part of the
cotillion is a testament to your unwavering dedication. I am so proud
to celebrate this very special moment with you!

It has been two years since the Ebony Suburbanites have had a
cotillion in person due to Covid restrictions. Yet, this dynamic group
of young ladies has made the process seamless. Right from the start they demonstrated a strong
willingness to succeed. They attended bi-weekly rehearsals, an etiquette tea, a retreat, and a
cultural event all while bonding with like-minded young ladies creating lifelong friendships.
Debutantes put their future first, by raising money for an academic scholarship through the
soliciting of ads and fundraising. These ladies are headed to college and destined to be our future
leaders. Debutantes, dream big and create a future for yourself. “The only limit to the height of
your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”
~Michelle Obama

While 2022 debutantes persevered and committed themselves, they did not do it alone. They
were supported by their parents, guardians, sponsors, church families and friends. It truly does
“take a village to raise a child” into a phenomenal young lady. All could have not been possible
without the love and support of each debutante’s village. Thank you for believing in the special
gems that you were blessed with and entrusting them with our organization.

The Ebony Suburbanites are surrounded by scholarship donors from the community that
contribute to the academic success of our young ladies. Thank you, donors. We are grateful and
could have not gotten this far without you. We look forward to your continued support.

Members of the Ebony Suburbanites have always been dedicated. They guided me when I was a
1988 debutante. I am the woman who I am today because of the women who stood before me
and because of the women who stand right beside me. Thank you, members, for all of your
positive energy and support. It would be very remiss of me not to mention our Cotillion
Chairperson who has made my transition to presidency a smooth one. Thank you, Alicia
Chambers-Williams, I could have not done it without you. I truly look forward to moving into
Ebony Suburbanites’ 50th anniversary in 2023 with this unstoppable group of dynamic women
whom I consider my sisters.

Kisha M. AdkinsGratefully Yours,

Ebony Suburbanites, President


The Ebony Suburbanites is a nonprofit organization which has been in existence for forty-
eight years. The organization is comprised of 27 dynamic ladies, who are pillars in the
community, committed to promoting scholarship and developing character, civic
mindedness and leadership qualities among the youth primarily in Middlesex and
Somerset counties.

Through the years, the Ebony Suburbanites have sponsored numerous community and
fundraising affairs. Of these events, the “Silhouettes of Loveliness Debutante Cotillion”
has been the group’s main function. At this affair, young women are presented to society
by highlighting their academic achievements, community involvement and intent to
pursue higher education. Those high school seniors selected to participate are
recommended by their guidance counselors, their clergy and community leaders.

Along with the young women, there are also young men who share in this experience.
These young men are chosen by the “debs” to serve as their escorts for the Cotillion
activities. These activities start several weeks before the actual affairs. They include a
cultural trip, a career day and etiquette/charm classes.

Proceeds from the Cotillion, both fundraising and journal ad sales, as well as private
scholarship donations, are awarded to each debutante as a monetary scholarship to further
her education. To date, the Ebony Suburbanites have presented over 700 debutantes to
society and have awarded over 1.5 million in scholarships.

In Remembrance of our
Dearly Departed Club Members

Marie Spruill, 1994
Doris Bryant, 1999
Lillian Holder, 1999
Bessie Jackson, 2000
Mary Tillman, 2002
Juanita James, 2004
Louise Seright, 2005 - Founder
Elizabeth Ransom, 2009
Judyann Wlkes, 2010
Rachel McNair, 2013
Martha Voorhees, 2017 - Founder
Carolyn Jean Jones, 2020
Barbara Jordan, 2022

Alicia Chambers-Williams
Cotillion Chairperson

My name is Alicia Chambers-Williams, and I
am the Vice President of the Ebony
Suburbanites. In this role, I also serve as
Cotillion Chair of the 49th Annual Debutante
Cotillion. As the Cotillion Chair, it is my
privilege and honor to collaborate with the
variouscommitteesthat make the Debutante
Cotillion a day to remember for both
debutantes and their families. After two
years of the unknown, we were able to
slowly return to normalcy. Even though some of our events remained virtual, we were able
to have some activities and all rehearsals in person. Although the rehearsal schedule was
modified this year, the debutantes were able to form lasting friendships in a few weeks.

In addition to the activities and rehearsals, the debutantes worked together with parents and
sponsors to develop ideas to raise money. Whether it was a fundraiser such as a paint & sip,
or selling journals ads, the debutantes worked hard to raise funds for their post-secondary
education. It was a pleasure to be among such an intelligent and driven group of young ladies.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them. I know they will be successful at
whatever endeavors they strive to achieve.
I would be remissif I did not thank the Chairpersons and membersof our Cotillion Committees
for the time and dedication to the organization and debutantes. They work tirelessly each year
to make sure that the debutantes enjoy their Cotillion experience, as well as provide support
to the debutantes and their families throughout the entire process. Their dedication is the
cornerstone of our organization and has propelled the Ebony Suburbanites to remain in
existence for almost 50 years! Thank you all for your commitment, and support!
This year’s Debutante Cotillion will be different, but I hope you enjoy it! Thank you to the
debutantes’ parents, sponsors, and families for all your support! I know your debutante will
be forever grateful!

Alicia Chambers-Williams

Vice President/Cotillion Chair
Ebony Suburbanites

Jill Pressley

Program Chairperson

It has been a pleasure to serve as Program Chairperson for the
2022 “Silhouettes of Loveliness Cotillion”. Although it was a
little different only working with debutantes (no escorts) this
year, we are excited to be back in person after two years of
virtual programming due of Covid restrictions.

We were cautiously intentional this year, developing a very full
and engaging calendar for the debutantes, while monitoring
local and federal guidelines for any immediate changes in
direction. The young ladies and Club Members all adjusted to
the process, and for that I am truly grateful. Thankfully, we
were able to host our traditional afternoon Etiquette Tea, and
evening retreat with the debutantes, and even added something
new with an in-person escape room experience. This year, we
added a little twist to the Etiquette Tea, and included a section highlighting interview skills. The young
ladies seemed to enjoy that facet of the program and were very engaged in the activity. It was
rewarding to see that between selling advertisements, holding fundraisers, and learning their dance,
the debutantes found time to enjoy time together.

Historically, the Ebony SuburbanitesCotillion isa two-fold process. We have the scholarships and then
we have the experience. We are extremely proud that our first in-person, post-Covid cotillion was no
exception. The debutantes and Club Members talked, ate, laughed, shared jokes, and learned a good
bit about each other. From sundae bars to toilette tissue dresses to formal table settings and the
escape room adventures, we did it all. There was even a session on personality types, and we spent
time learning color coded “do’s and don’ts” and how best to interact with each personality. All in all,
2022 will be a year to remember.

None of our programming would be possible without the help and resources of some very dedicated
and caring people. Special thanks go out to Dewanna Graham for facilitating the tea; Staci Yarborough
for facilitating the “color of personalities” discussion; and the members of the program committee for
all their hard work and dedication. A very special “thank you” to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Irving for opening
their home and allowing usto host our Etiquette Tea and Retreat evening event in their personal space.

The debutantes had many supportive individuals encouraging and assisting themthrough the Cotillion
process. I would like to thank all of the parents, guardians, sponsors, families & friends for their gifts
of time, energy and love that were given generously to all the debutantes.

I salute all who had any part in making the 2022 Silhouettes of Loveliness Cotillion an affair to

2021-2022 Ebony Suburbanites Club Members

Kisha Adkins Alicia Chambers-Williams
*President *Vice President
M. Ed Kean University NC A & T State University

Wanda Mitchell Jill Pressley
*Treasure *Financial Secretary
BSN University of Miami BS, Bennet College

Alyssa Blake Staci Yarbrough
*Assistant Treasurer *Corresponding Secretary
MS, Seton Hall Law Ph.D. University of Central FL

Ericka Truesdale Kim Scott
*Recording Secretary *Chaplain
BA, Hampton University MA, Georgian Court

Glenda Simmons Phyllis Hailes
+Charter Member +Charter Member
BA, Trenton State (College of NJ) BA, Newark College of Fine
Pernethia Arrington
MA, Steven’s Institute of Linda Belnavis
Technology HSD North Brunswick HS

T. Ann Brown Joyce Davidson
BA, Virginia Union University BS, Colorado Tech University

Lenore Davis Laura Ford
MA, Lincoln University MA, Rutgers University

Nanette Geeston Asali Guion
AAS, Middlesex County BA, Rutgers University

2021-2022 Ebony Suburbanites Club Members

Dewanna Graham Elvira Harris
MA, Columbia University BA, Delaware State University

Mawiyah Husbands Kiandra Jackson
MA, Kean University BS, Penn State University

Shanice Jackson Dionne McMillian
BA, Drexel University MSW, Rutgers University

Muriel Grimmett Ray Shawn Harvey Roberson
Ph.D. St Louis University MBA, University of
Lola Samuel
BS, Tuskegee University Shavona Schenck
MA, University of Phoenix
Diane Scott
JD, Rutgers University Law Karen Simmons
School Ph.D. Ed. Rutgers University

Jackasha Wiley Judy Williams
MA, Rutgers BA, Morgan State University

Nayamka Williams Cheryll Willis
MA, Kean University MA, Montclair University

Karen Towns-Worsley Ebony Suburbanite
MSW Adelphia University Established 1973

*Executive members
+ Charter Members

Angela Peters

Mistress of Ceremonies

Reverend Angela Peters, affectionately known as
Pastor Angel, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA,
and has been a New Jersey resident and a member
of Abundant Life Family Worship Church (ALFWC)
since 1997, under the leadership of Bishop George
and Pastor Mary Searight. ALFWC is where she was
licensed as a minister in 2002, elevated to Youth
Pastor in 2003 and ordained in 2006.

Pastor Angel’s passion for young people began at an
early age when she became a Sunday School
teacher at 17 yrs. of age. In her current role as youth
pastor, she oversees the Toddler’s Ministry; an ever-
growing, full of life Youth Church for grades 1-12;
Chosen Generation Youth Choir; R.A.D.I.C.A.L. (hip-
hopdance ministry) and Youth Night Live servicesfor
teens in grades 6-12. Under Pastor Angel’s
leadership the youth have an opportunity to complete the annual abstinence program – True Love
Waits; she also leads two ongoing, life changing programs that assist with the transitions of life
“P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S. and Boyz II Men ministries. In addition to equipping the youth, through various
trainings and monthly youth meetings, she also equips about 30 youth leaders with the necessary
tools to teach young people about the love of God.

Along with gaining knowledgeand expertise fromhands-on education, Pastor Angel hasalsoobtained
a formal education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from the Colorado
Theological Seminary. She is a licensed/certified Pastoral Counselor. Pastor Angel attended the
Fountain of Life School of Ministry in Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Angel’s Touch Christian
Counseling LLC. She continues to change lives, through her unlimited investment of support, time,
counseling, and love into the lives of teens, young adults and parents.

Pastor Angel has the loving support of her husband, Ron Peters. They have been blessed with 32
years of marriage, 5 beautiful children, and 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Normarie McLean


Normarie McLean is the owner of Body and
Music School of Performing Arts, a non-
profit organization that provides
affordable instruction in dance, acting and
voice to youth in the community. The
school also sponsors free performing art
classes and affordable master classes to
youth and adults.

Normarie is also a homeschool teacher for
students in Pre-K through the first grade.
When her students move on to a more
traditional school setting, students are
typically ranked “advanced” in both private
and public schools due to the success of
her program. She focuses on accelerated learning through multi-age
classrooms, individualized curriculum, and target tutoring. She is also a tutor
for students, in need of academic support, for math and language arts.

Outside of work, Normarie is the director of the anointed praise dancers a
liturgical dance ministry, of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

Normarie is the proud mother of three girls; Khailah, Miranda and Nia and is
supported by her husband, Phil McLean through all her many community
service projects and endeavors.

Special Thanks

The Ebony Suburbanites are grateful for their supporters and friends

“ No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
- Aesop

Scholarship Donors

Doug and Xandra Statum (DAX Scholarship)

Central Jersey Alumnae Foundation
(Dr. Katye Monroe Memorial Award)

The James Family (Juanita James Scholarship)

Dee Marshall (EBND Auntie Award)

The Marshall Family
(Kenneth F. Marshall Memorial Scholarship)

Angela Anderson
(Angela and Samantha Anderson Scholarship)

Friends & Family of Tiffany Wilson (Tiffany Wilson Scholarship)

McNair Family & Friends
(Rachel D. McNair Memorial Scholarship)

Supporters & Friends

Dewanna Graham
Charles & Carolyn Irving

Amy Lawhorne



Raia Mary Carr Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Carr

Born on April 28, 2004, to proud parents Raymond and Senior Escort: Mr. Raymond Carr
Frances Lewis-Carr in Port Jefferson, New York, Raia
successfully attended and completed her primary and Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Carr
secondary education through the Hillsborough School
District and will graduate from Hillsborough High School.

Both a scholar and athlete, Raia boasts an impressive 4.0
GPA with deep interest in the areas of STEM; most
specifically the subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Math.
Looking forward to a career in a STEM field, Raia is an
active participant in the Rutgers University TARGET
Program School of Engineering for Girls, where she feeds
her love of math and science.

In addition to her love of math and science, Raia enjoys
athletic pursuits and giving back to her community. Raia
has been a member of Hillsborough High School’s Cross
Country Running Team and successfully earned her varsity
letter with her team. As a member of the Archonette
Youth Auxiliary Group of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Incorporated, Raia participated in numerous service
activities as a way to give back to her community.

An intelligent, patient and determined young woman, Raia
has decided to take her talents to Stevens Institute of
Technology, where she will pursue a Bachelor of Science
degree in Chemical Engineering.

Raia would like to thank her family, friends and
community for all of their support throughout the years.

Alexandra Camille Charles

Alexandra Camille entered the world on January 25, 2004, on a Parents: Kim Su Wing Charles and
cold and breezy day in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This Walter Charles, III
organized, altruistic, and hardworking daughter of Kim Su Wing Senior Escort: Walter Charles III
Charles and Walter Charles III is always seen with a bright smile Sponsors: Mrs. Danna Brown
and sunny disposition.
A student at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in
Flemington, New Jersey, Alexandra will graduate with honors as
a member of the National Honor Society. Alexandra is very active
in her school community and has held various leadership
positions including senior varsity captain of the Hunterdon
Central Dance Team while also serving as its social media
executive. She was the Bridges Club student representative and
President, a peer educator in the Teen Prevention Education
Program and founded the school’s Black Student Union,
alternately serving as the organization’s Recording Secretary and
President. Outside of school, Alexandra is an active member of
Jack and Jill of America’s Central Jersey chapter where she served
as the Teen President, Recording Secretary and Editor.
Despite her busy schedule, Alexandra’s passion for helping others
has earned her numerous accolades including the Jack and Jill of
America Distinguished Teen Award and National Youth Volunteer
Servant Leader Award, Girl Scouts of America Bronze and Silver
Awards and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Alexandra’s family and faith have been constants in her life.
Alexandra and her family are active members of St. Charles
Borromeo Catholic Church. There, she’s involved in the church’s
youth group and social justice ministry. A dancer since the age of
two, Alexandra enjoys jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop. In her
downtime, you can find Alexandra listening to music, studying the
latest fashions, and playing with her dog, Oreo.
In the fall, Alexandra will be attending Northeastern University in
Boston, with plans to major in Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Her career goal is to design and build affordable homes for low-
income families.
Alexandra would like to thank her mother for molding her into
the kind, energetic young lady she is today; her father for
supporting her throughout her journey into adulthood; her sister,
Ashley, who without fault has her back through thick and thin;
her brother, Austin, for enhancing her individuality and
creativity; her godmother, Danna, for helping her in her journey
as a debutante and consistently advocating for her; and finally
her friends who make her life entertaining and complete.

Jael Nicole Forehand

Jael Nicole Forehand was born on September 20, 2004, in Parents: Marthea Blount and
picturesque Montclair, New Jersey to loving parents Marthea Al Forehand
Bout and Al Forehand. Currently, Jael resides in Somerset, NJ Senior Escort: Mr. Al Forehand
with her family and attends Franklin High School. Sponsors: Mrs. Sharonda Moore

During her high school career, Jael has been Student of the
Month, made the high school’s Distinguished Honor Roll and was
a finalist for the Warrior for Life Scholarship. With a knack for
learning languages, Jael is completing independent study of the
Japanese language and culture, as she enjoys learning and
exploring new things.

With a heart for service, Jael is an active member of the Key Club
at Franklin High School. This organization is student-led, and its
purpose is to give back to the school and community at large. In
addition to being an honor roll student and active in the
community, Jael also works part-time at ShopRite.

In her spare time, Jael loves to explore her artistic side. She
enjoys knitting, arts & crafts, and collecting albums from her
favorite music groups.

Jael has applied to several colleges including Temple University,
University of Connecticut, Wheaton College, Susquehanna
University, Caldwell University, and the University of Albany. She
plans to attend Temple University and major in Sociology and
minor in Japanese Language and International Affairs.

Jael would like to thank everyone that supported her thus far on
her journey throughout life as well as this cotillion process. She
is especially grateful for the love and dedication of her parents
and sponsor.

Jocelyn Olivia James

On a Tuesday afternoon, January 13, 2004, came the blessing that
was baby girl Jocelyn Olivia James. First-born daughter of Michael
Allen James and Margaret Amy James, and sister to Aziel, Evan and
Malcom James, Jocelyn was here to leave her mark.

Jocelyn currently resides in Woodbridge Township, NJ, and she is a
senior at Woodbridge High School. She is easily described as an
ambitious, hard worker, which is reflected in her 3.6 GPA and her
leadership roles within her community. Jocelyn is the Co-Founder
and President of her school’s first Black Student Union, Senior-Class
Representative in the Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Student Council,
and a member of a plethora of clubs. This leadership experience,
coupled with her honors and AP curriculum, are evidence of her
continuous pursuit of excellence.

As a young girl, she was highly active, every season was a new Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen James
chance to improve her skills in the sports she loved. Jocelyn’s
involvement in sports drove her passion for human anatomy and Senior Escort: Mr. Michael Allen James
learning the inner workings of the body. In the fall, Jocelyn will be
attending Seton Hall University, as a participant in their dual- Sponsors: Mr. Angel Luis Arce and
degree (B.S in Biology/M.S.A.T) program of Athletic Training.
Ms. Lourdes Monica Arce
Jocelyn knows the position she is currently in would only go as far
as her dreams if it weren’t for the people in her life. She would, first
and foremost, like to give recognition to her family - her father,
mother, brothers, and grandparents - for providing the constant
love and encouragement she received in her upbringing. She would
also like to thank two very special women in her life, Mrs. Angela
Bess and Mrs. Khalila Cruz, for their contributions to shaping the
woman she is today. Jocelyn would also like to take the time to
thank her sponsors, Mr. Angel Luis Arce and Ms. Lourdes Monica
Arce, as none of this would be possible without them. Lastly, she
would like to thank The Ebony Suburbanites, for the enriching
experiences she was able to partake in through the program and
the lovely women she has met.

Jocelyn is nothing short of excited for what her future
holds for her and remains humble and grateful as she
continues her journey.

Makya Anai Lucky

When you hear the name Makya Lucky, you are reminded of the Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Morris Lucky
adjectives bright, accomplished, intelligent, caring, creative, talented,
and loving. Makya is the daughter of L. Kay Rolle-Lucky, educator and Senior Escort: Mr. Morris Lucky
Morris Lucky, guidance counselor.
Sponsors: Mrs. L. Kay Rolle-Lucky
Makya attends Piscataway High School where she has been active in
Chiefs Dance Team, where she served as Captain senior year; Class of
2022 Student Council Corresponding Secretary; Genetic Engineering
Research Club; National Honor Society Treasurer/Historian; Piscataway
Barcelona Exchange Pen Pal; Piscataway High School Drama Club,
Student Choreographer; and Piscataway High School Academies

Outside of School, she is active in National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa
- Epsilon Alpha Xinos where she held several leadership positions;
Piscataway Buddy Ball Senior Volunteer; Girl Scout Troop #80314
Senior Girl Scout; Wings of Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry; Rutgers
Mini-Med Program; The Lord’s Kitchen, Shiloh Baptist Church,
Plainfield, NJ; and Robert Wood Johnson Covid Screening Drive, First
Baptist of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset, NJ.

Makya has been accepted to attend Xavier University of Louisiana,
North Carolina Central University, Spelman College, and North Carolina
Agricultural & Technical State University. She has chosen Spelman
College where she will attend in the fall, 2022 majoring in biochemistry.

Makya is wise beyond her years sharing her thoughts about her desire
to make a difference,

“As a woman of color, I hope to provide a new perspective in the STEM
world and break barriers to make a positive change in the way people
are living. I want to use my title to ensure that prenatal care isn’t any
uncertainty, but a given. I aim to become an advocate for women,
educate the public on reproductive care, and contribute to the field by
re-envisioning and implementing my own practices that could one day
become standard practice.

Makya acknowledges and thanks all who have nurtured, supported and
encouraged her amazing journey to college. A particular thanks to her
parents, Kay and Morris; and to the Ebony Suburbanites for allowing
her to participate in this year’s debutante experience.

Nia’Marra Faith McFarlane

On September 7, 2004, in the city of New Brunswick, Sherry Brown Parents: Sherry Brown and
and Robert McFarlane, Jr. were beautifully graced with their baby Robert McFarlane Jr.
girl Nia’Marra Faith McFarlane. This independent, strong minded Senior Escort: Robert McFarlane Jr.
and dedicated young lady is the oldest of four, with three loving Sponsors: Omega Phi Chi Multicultural
younger siblings: Chace, Carson, & Christian. Sorority Inc. and
Order of the Easter Stars
Nia’Marra is a senior at New Brunswick High School. During her 4 Keturah Chapter No. 63
years of high school, she has demonstrated dedication to her
academics as well as sports. Awarded Captain of both her
cheerleading and basketball teams, Nia’Marra’s commitment,
leadership and athletic ability earned her a position as a Marisa
Bowl (formerly Snapple Bowl) cheerleader. In addition to cheer,
Nia’Marra was also a member of the Rutgers Junior Knights Dance
Team and plans on continuing her love for the sports at the
collegiate level.

Outside of school, Nia’Marra has maintained membership in the
Young Divas With Purpose (YDWP) organization since middle
school. Young Divas has been an influential part of Nia’Marra’s
development as it helped her step out of her comfort zone and ease
her shyness while helping her to discover, connect, and pursue her
God-given purpose. Through this organization, Nia’Marra has
engaged in many community services events including providing
Thanksgiving meals and Christmas Toys to those in need.

Through her church, Holy Temple True Born Saints of Christ Church,
Nia’Marra cultivated her love for God. She gave her life to Christ at
an early age and is a very active member of the congregation.
Nia’Marra currently serves as an Usher at her church.

Nia’Marra has been accepted to several universities but will
continue her education at Kean University. There, she will major in
Early Childhood Education and minor in Africana Studies.
Nia’Marra’s love for children is well known by all who know her,
and she wants to focus her career on educating the future of our
society. Nia’Marra already knows that she wants to continue her
education and plans to ultimately obtain her doctorate.

Nia’Marra would like to acknowledge her parents, Robert, and
Sherry, for always been there when she needed them the most.

Jordan Janee Porter

Independent, determined and simply amazing are just a few of the Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Porter
adjectives one would use to describe Jordan Janee Porter. The
loving daughter of James and Stacey Porter, Jordan was born in Senior Escort: Mr. James Porter
Livingston, New Jersey on January 5, 2004.
Sponsors: Ms. Margaret Lewis
Jordan is a senior at Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey,
where she’s maintained high scholastic standards and currently
holds a 3.8 GPA. An active member of her school community,
Jordan participates in numerous activities including the Black
Youth Awareness Club, Junior Achievement and the Sisters in
Training for Life Club. Outside of school, Jordan is a four-year
member of Phi Delta Kappa, Epsilon Alpha Chapter Xinos, and was
a member of the first place step team for two of the four years.
Additionally, Jordan holds the leadership position of Financial
Secretary for the organization.

Jordan and her family are active members of Cross and Crown
Christian Church in Orange, New Jersey. Jordan is part of the Dance
Ministry, Education Ministry and serves as lead video producer
since 2020.

Even with her busy scholastic and extra-curricular activities, Jordan
has held jobs at several retail establishments including ShopRite,
Rita’s Italian Ice and TGI Fridays. When she gets the chance, Jordan
likes to play volleyball, watch crime series and spend time with her
extended family.

In the fall, Jordan will attend North Carolina A&T State University
and major in Criminal Justice.

Jordan would like to thank her mother and father for all their love
and support.

Gabriella Imani Robinson Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Robinson

The compassionate, kind, and strong-willed Gabriella Imani Robinson Senior Escort: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson
is the lovely daughter of Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson and Mrs. Valerie
Robinson. Gabriella resides in Piscataway with her two younger Sponsor: Mrs. Valerie Mason-Robinson
brothers Michael and Zachary and their dog Brownie.

Gabriella is a graduating senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in
Watchung, NJ where she played the flute in the school’s Symphonic
Band, earning the Mount St. Mary’s Academy Symphonic Award.
Gabriella also was involved with the Model United Nations, Social
Media Club, the Environmental Club, and served as a Big Sister.
Gabriella is a lifelong Girl Scout with Troop 80877 achieving her Bronze,
Silver and most recently, her Gold Award Project which is the highest
award Girl Scouts can receive. Gabriella’s Go Green Central NJ is
focused on improving the water quality of the Raritan River in Central
NJ in partnership with the Lower Raritan Water Partnership.

Outside of school, Gabriella is involved in several organizations
including Central NJ Chapter of Delta Gems, the Youth Advisory Board
for the Hershey Company’s Heartwarming Project, and the Central
New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Gabriella is also a
proud member of Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New
Brunswick, NJ where she has served as a camera operator and active in
Youth Church. In addition to her extracurricular activities, Gabriella
held jobs at Middlesex County Conservation Corps and Shoprite.

Gabriella has received the numerous awards including Presidential
Youth Service Award, United Nations National Community Service
Award, and is an America’s Promise Alliance Community Youth Grant

Gabriella has been accepted to Rutgers University, Elon University,
West Chester University, University of Massachusetts, Simmons
University and George Mason University, but will attend Seton Hall
University where she plans to major in International Relations with a
minor in Spanish and Mandarin. Gabriella’s career aspiration is to work
with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) regarding foreign
diplomacy and make a difference in the world at a global scale.

Gabriella is beyond blessed and appreciative of the kindness of her
loved ones, family, and friends especially her mother, father,
grandparents, and godparents without whom none of this would be

Nia Jacqueline Solomon

Nia Jacqueline Solomon, the only daughter of Nicholas and Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Solomon
Rebekah Solomon, is independent, outgoing, and smart. Born in
New Brunswick, New Jersey on August 26, 2004, a cool summer Senior Escort: Mr. Nicolas Solomon
day, Nia entered the world ready to take it on.
Sponsors: Mrs. Rebekah Solomon
A senior at Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey, Nia is
an honor roll student. At Franklin High School she participates in
Sisters in Training for Life, where she is an officer. In addition to
her academic pursuits, Nia has held several jobs including a crew
member at McDonalds, Frutta Bowls and Mane Appeal Hair

Nia and her family worship together at First Baptist Church of
Lincoln Gardens, where the Solomon family have been long-time

When she’s not working or focused on her schooling, Nia enjoys
cooking, cosmetology and learning about new music.

Nia has decided to take her talents to Clark Atlanta University
where she will major in Social Work, and minor in Criminal

Aliyah Richelle Walker

Aliyah Richelle Walker is the hard-working, respectful, and caring Parents: Mr. and Mrs. William Walker
daughter of Erica and William David Walker, III. She is the younger Senior Escort: Mr. William Walker
sister of 2021 Silhouettes of Loveliness Debutante Kyla and older Sponsors: Ms. Essie W. Christmas and
sister to brother Quentin. She moves through each day following the Mrs. Catherine Towns
mantra that her parents instilled in her, “try your best.”

Aliyah is a 2022 graduate of North Plainfield High School where she
has participated in numerous extracurricular activities. During her
tenure at NPHS, Aliyah was a member of the Interact Club, Student
Council, Heroes and Cool Kids, the National Honor Society, and
Treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society. Aliyah is a four-year member
of the Varsity Soccer team, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams.
Aliyah was also voted NPHS’ 2021 Homecoming Queen. In addition,
she was selected as a 2021 New Jersey Rising Scholar by The Amistad

Aliyah’s athletic career blossomed during high school. In 2021, she
received the Second Team All Skyland Conference Valley Division
award for soccer. From 2019 to 2021, she gained many conference
recognition awards for track and field. Aliyah hopes to continue her
hurdling career on the track at North Carolina A&T State University.

When Aliyah is not practicing, doing schoolwork, or working at Rita’s
Italian Ice, she can be found baking, listening to music, watching
movies, or hanging out with her friends.

Participating in the NPHS Project Lead the Way - Biomedical Science
program sparked Aliyah’s desire to become a nurse. Like her sister,
Aliyah aspires to represent women of color in the medical field. Aliyah
would also eventually like to earn a Master of Nursing degree which
she believes may guide her toward a possible specialization and
prepare her for advanced practice.










“For God hath not given
us the spirit of fear,

but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7


Congratulations on your recognition as a
Silhouette of Loveliness!

Continue to seek and achieve greatness.
I wish you all the best.

Mrs. Dewanna Graham










Your loving godparents,

Bobbie & Danna Brown











“Don’t listen to those who say YOU CAN’T. Listen to the voice
inside yourself that says I CAN.”

- Shirley Chisolm

Uncle Eddie, Aunt Isabel, Aunt Marie, Aunt Juanita,
Uncle Gary, Brandon W., Christian, Brandon A., and




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